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Ann is presently working as a research engineer/test method developer on the development, implementation of standard test methods for response robots under the DHS program. She is the lead editor of “Robot Response Pocket Guide” and the Test Apparatus Guide for these programs.
Ann is also involved with the implementation, data collection and providing ground truth to various projects for the Army Research Lab programs using the Ultra Wide Band System.
Ms. Virts has been honored with numerous awards during her tenure at NIST including:
The Edward Bennett Rosa Award. For outstanding contributions to the development of ASTM international standard test methods and prototype tests to advance emergency response robots, 2014
Recognized by the US State Department for significant contributions to the D/S ATA EOD Robotic Mission Profile, 2014
Silver Award for exceptional performance - For developing techniques to measure and assess the performance of automated Middle Eastern speech translation systems leading to U.S. military use, 2011
Bronze Award for Superior Federal Service - For advancement of measurement science for evaluating the performance of autonomous vehicles in realistic, complex and dynamic environments, 2011
Student Academic Achievement Award for academic excellence, 2010
Bronze Award for Superior Federal Service – For development and implementation of the SCORE framework, 2008
NIST Colleagues Choice Award - For dedicated contributions that supported NIST's mission, promoted effective external interactions and enhanced division vitality, 2007
Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award - For technical achievement in applying robotic crane research to improve the productivity and safety of large aircraft maintenance operations, 2006
Associate Project Leader
Intelligent Systems Division
Control Systems Group
Millersville University – Present
University of Maryland University College - 2010