The Alfred C. Weaver Award

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ARI Director Joan Beinvenue and Deputy Director Rob Jones with Dr. Alfred Weaver.

Dr. Alfred Weaver, Professor of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Applied Research Institute, has worked throughout his career to create new research programs, educational opportunities and collaborative work environments to support the broader Defense and Intelligence Communities. As Founding Director of the Applied Research Institute, Dr. Weaver recognized the opportunity to bring together the resources of the University of Virginia, with those of industry and government alike, to harness the collective power of these diverse groups. This pan-university effort sought to breakdown the traditional barriers to effective multi-disciplinary collaboration and to provide new outlets for creative problem solving, applied to the nation’s biggest challenges. It is this innovative spirit that the Alfred C. Weaver Award for Collaboration in Support of National Defense and Intelligence seeks to recognize and promote.


The Alfred C. Weaver Award is presented by the University of Virginia Applied Research Institute to three individuals, one each from government, industry and academia who serve as examples of one of the Applied Research Institute’s primary missions, to support and encourage collaboration in research and development among these three groups.

The 2015 recipients, who were recognized at the ARI Conference on National Defense and Intelligence in June, are:

Dr. Donald E. Brown, Director of the Data Science Institute and W.S. Calcott Professor of the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

James Nardone, Senior Defense Intelligence Expert for Acquisition Support, Defense Intelligence Agency, Charlottesville, VA.

Adrian Felts, Operations Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute, Charlottesville, VA.