The National Center for Simulation (NCS) announced it will induct two new members — Dr. Winston Bennett and Dr. Jim Wall — to the NCS Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Hall of Fame. The ceremony is Oct. 24, 2022, at the Orange County Convention Center, South Concourse, Orlando – the home of the NCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame where inductees are on permanent display.

“Both Dr. Bennett and Dr. Wall have demonstrated a life-long commitment to the modeling and simulation community,” said George Cheros, NCS CEO and president. “Their contributions are not only being used to train and prepare warfighters, government officials, and civilians, but they have shaped M&S innovations for generations to come.”

Dr. Winston Bennett has made numerous significant contributions to the M&S community for more than 30 years. In that time, Bennet has served as the U.S. Air Force Member at Large to the NATO modeling and simulation group, created and executed an investment portfolio for the Readiness Product Line, defined many visionary products used today and for future development, and is distinguished among his peers for structuring and co-authoring the US Air Force Mission Essential Competencies. 

With over three decades of contributions to the M&S community, Dr. James Wall’s work has fundamentally shaped simulation capabilities being delivered and used today. Dr. Wall’s work in advancing M&S has enabled the transformation of training and testing across multiple communities that safeguard our national and personal security, including our warfighters, emergency responders, airport operations specialists, medical professionals, intelligence officers, secret service agents, epidemiologists, and students studying M&S.

When the class of 2022 is inducted, the Hall of Fame will feature 36 distinguished individuals from different eras who leave a legacy in simulation for future generations in multiple disciplines.

The M&S Hall of Fame began in 2014 in partnership with Orange County Government. The principal objective of the Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to advancements in M&S. A nominee’s field or area of achievement is not limited to the Department of Defense. Significant contributions have been made by inductees from other areas (e.g. medical/healthcare, technology, entertainment, transportation, education, homeland security, gaming).