The National Center for Simulation will recognize the 2017 class of the Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame in a special ceremony planned for June 29 at the Orange County Convention Center - home of the Hall of Fame Wall of Honor. Those five individuals are:

David M. Kotick, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, chief modeling & simulation (M&S) engineer. A pioneer in virtual communications, he is the Department of Defense's leading subject matter expert in the field, and he holds multiple patents in the fields of digital communications within the Live Virtual Constructive environment.

Frederick L. Lewis, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.). Served as the president from 1995-2012 of the National Training and Simulation Association, which is a sponsor of I/ITSEC.

Robert M. Matthews, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, retired deputy technical director. His imprint on M&S has touched not only a variety of disparate Navy programs across warfare branches, but also a variety of Navy and DoD modeling, simulation and training infrastructure initiatives.

Honorable John L. Mica, US Representative. A strong advocate for the nation's vets and seniors, soon after his election to the US House, he became a champion for the simulation industry through policy, funding and loyal support.

Beverly J. Seay, M&S consultant & UCF Trustee. A founding business leader of the Orlando M&S community who was instrumental in bringing together government, industry, and academia to lay the foundation and a set of standards for the integrated ecosystem it is today.

"Once again we are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize pioneers in our industry for their passion, dedication and significant contributions to the growth of modeling and simulation," said NCS president and CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret) Tom Baptiste. "Each inductee represents a difference sector of our industry, and as a whole, they are a graphic example of how close collaboration between academia, industry, and smart government have helped grow and shape modeling and simulation in America."