Leidos scientists honored for technical research excellence
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Leidos recently announced the winners of the 2023 Leidos Technical Publication Competition, an annual program that recognizes impactful peer-reviewed research in technical fields.
From the effects of microgravity on fine motor skills to mode control of satellite formations, Leidos scientists led cutting-edge research on a number of important topics this year.
- Devin Conroy, Thomas O’Shea and Donald Wyatt from the Leidos Dynetics Group were awarded best publication for their study, published by the Symposium of Naval Hydrodynamics, which developed a model to accurately simulate dynamics within the oceanic and atmospheric boundary layers.
- In the physical sciences category, Kara Tinker and Mengling Stuckman from the Leidos Civil Group were recognized for their study of water samples in the Permian Basin, home of the largest oil and gas producing region in the U.S. Their study, published by the American Society for Microbiology, revealed factors including high sulfate levels that can impact oil and gas production and provide valuable insights for the industry to improve operations and reduce costs.
- In the life and health sciences & medicine category, Wen Chen and Dickson Kirui from the Leidos Health Group were recognized for their study, published by Future Science, that evaluates the stability of antimicrobial peptides in human serum and their effectiveness in fighting infections.
- In the math, stats, informatics and data science category, Sara Jones, Matthew Beyers and Ryan Weil from Leidos Biomedical Research were recognized for their study, published by Cancer Informatics, that involved the development of a convolutional neural network to classify RNA data and accurately predict types of primary tumors.
- In the engineering category, Mason Nixon from the Leidos Dynetics Group was recognized for his study, published in IEEE Transactions on Space and Electronic Systems, aimed at developing control strategies for satellites in orbit to adapt to unknown disturbance and ensure precise control.
- In the computer and information science category, Kritina Holden Anderson was recognized for her work, published by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, that investigated the effects of long-duration microgravity on fine motor skills. The study showed that gravitational transitions negatively impact fine motor skills required for astronauts to operate small controls on touchscreen devices.
- Finally, in the biomedical research category, Daniel A. Bonsor, Patrick Alexander, Kelly Snead, Matthew Drew, Simon Messing, Lorenzo I. Finci, Dwight V. Nissley, Dominic Esposito, Andrew G. Stephen and Dhirendra K. Simanshu from Leidos Biomedical Research were recognized for their paper, published in Nature Journal, which sheds light on how mutations found in Noonan syndrome reveal new avenues for therapeutic interventions in cancer cells.
From the source: “This competition is an outstanding way to showcase our company’s highly talented science and engineering staff which represents the very core of our company,” says Leidos CTO Jim Carlini. “The discoveries reported in these publications exhibit our commitment to undertaking today’s most complex global challenges. We congratulate and thank all of our winners for their exceptional efforts.”
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