Science Applications International Corp.’s Chitra Sivanandam, vice president for Analytics and Simulation, won the 2019 WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award for Artificial Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year for her work in data analysis, particularly capabilities based on machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

Since joining SAIC in 2018, Sivanandam has spearheaded efforts to expand and enhance the company’s footprint in using AI and machine learning technology across a broad portfolio of government customers, including the Department of Defense, NASA, and Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB). This includes the expanded application of the SAIC’s MetaSift and Synthetic Analyst solutions, AI-powered technologies developed to provide automation tools that assist military and intelligence analysts by supplementing and complementing the work of human analysts.

Sivanandam has also played a leading role in expanding SAIC’s engagement with the start-up community, including the development of recent partnerships with the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, and the Los Angeles-based Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator.

Outside of SAIC, Sivanandam is helping to build future leaders in the technology industry. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Washington, D.C. Chapter, where she works to identify leaders to participate in Young AFCEA and related committees. She is also an active member of Amazing Women in the Intelligence Community (AWIC), which provides networking and career development opportunities to women in the intelligence community.