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David M. Clark Award

June 26, 2018

David M. Clark Award

Environmental Tectonics Corp. (ETC)
   Established to honor an AsMA corporate member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of aerospace medicine. The award is given annually to a corporate member who has made significant contributions in a single year or over a defined period. It is sponsored by the Aerospace Medical Association.

   The David M. Clark Award was established to honor an AsMA corporate member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of aerospace medicine in a single year or over a defined period. The first Clark award is presented to Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC). This company has been dedicated to the advancement of aeromedical technology since 1969, creating learning solutions for humans engaged in activities in extreme environments in 90 countries worldwide. ETC is also active in operational research with the establishment of ETC’s NASTAR Center in 2007 and membership in two FAA Centers of Excellence. ETC has actively supported AsMA’s mission as a corporate member for 45 years. ETC’s innovation and dedication to human performance and safety have resulted in leading edge training equipment and courseware for high G, spatial disorientation, altitude exposure, ejection, and night flying operations. ETC’s technical accomplishments include interactive spatial disorientation training devices with more than 80 fielded worldwide. In the area of high G training, ETC provided the Holloman AFB centrifuge, that trained nearly 35,000 pilots over a 20-year period. ETC continued to advance high performance human centrifuge technology with  the development and fielding of the Authentic Tactical Flight Simulator-400, a sustained G flight simulator. ETC developed the Advance Disaster Management System, a virtual reality training system that supports Incident Commander and Response Team training, realistically and economically. ETC established the Aeromedical Training Institute to provide quality aviation physiology courseware and instructor training, to aeromedical professionals, worldwide. ETC is active in operational research and established the National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in 2007. Since its inception, ETC’s NASTAR Center has trained more than 500 spaceflight participants and several astronauts, has collaborated with numerous universities, in cutting edge research, including MIT, St. Peters, UTMB, Drexel, and Embry Riddle, and has conducted research projects for the USAF, USN, FAA and NASA. NASTAR Center also provides commercial, civilian pilot training, offering the world’s only Upset Recovery Training program in an advanced sustained G simulator. ETC has been a significant supporter of AsMA for more than 45 years, through sponsorship of three awards, and numerous scientific meeting activities.
   Robert (Bob) L. Laurent, Jr., is the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of ETC. He is an accomplished executive with over 30 years of C-level experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Alliances, and for the last 4 years as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Laurent obtained his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Villanova University. After a 27-year career in the HVAC industry, Bob became Chief Financial Officer of ETC in 2011, and in 2014, was promoted by ETC’s Board of Directors, to his current position.
   Since becoming ETC’s CEO, Bob has a driven a number of accomplishments of note that benefit the aerospace medical community, including; spearheading the completion of the worlds most advanced Spatial Disorientation Research device currently operational at NAMRU-D, a.k.a. “the Kraken”, driving Spatial Disorientation, or SD training to more affordable levels by introducing targeted fidelity/targeted capability to ETC’s Integrated Physiology Training family of products, lead ETC to invest in human factors and vestibular system related research, focused ETC’s product development to a Customer-centric/training based solutions approach to Aircrew training needs and implemented initiatives to introduce SD training to Rotary Wing markets. In addition, ETC’s NASTAR Center was selected as a team member in the Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for training technology and human performance, its second Center of Excellence.
   In addition to his executive career, Bob serves on the Aerospace Medical Association Foundation Board. He encourages ETC’s talented employees with experience as aerospace physiologists, flight surgeon, and research scientist to actively participate in Aerospace Medical Association and ICASM activities.
   In the photo above, Bob Laurent (left), representing ETC, accepts the Clark award from AsMA President Martindale (right), representing the sponsor, the Aerospace Medical Association.