Kingsley Fregene is the Chief Engineer for Applied Research at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Dallas, TX. In this role, he oversees a broad portfolio of Advanced Technology Development activities that enables the corporation to create new capabilities for its products and programs. He previously led the Robotics & Intelligent Systems Group at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, championing new technologies for autonomous control of unconventional unmanned vehicle systems operating in aerial, ground, and maritime domains.
The Control Engineering Practice Award is given to one individual or one team to be selected from those nominated for significant contribution to the advancement of control practice. The primary criterion for selection will be for the application and implementation of innovative control concepts, methodology, and technology, for the planning, design, manufacture, and operation of control systems. Achievement and usefulness will be evidenced by the benefit to society and by the degree of acceptance by those who use control as a tool. The work on which the nomination is based must have been performed while the nominated individual or at least one member of the team was a resident of the USA. The award consists of a certificate and an honorarium. In the event that the winner is a team, each member of the team will receive a certificate and the honorarium will be divided equally among the team members.