Dr. John D. G. Rather, General Chair of the TVIW Power of Synergy Symposium

Dr. Rather is known internationally as a scientific innovator and creator of major technology programs. He is President of RCIG, Inc., which he founded in Oak Ridge in 2006. Previously he was University Professor of Physics at Wayne State University in Michigan, where he was also Director of Innovation and Development at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. During the 1990s, he served in Washington, DC, in the Senior Executive Service, Level 4, of the U.S. Government at NASA HQ, where he was Assistant Director for Space Technology, Program Development, and Manager, Advanced Concepts Systems Integration. He also had a billeted consultancy at the Defense Intelligence Agency for twenty years. In the 1980s he was VP for Technology Innovation & Development at Kaman Aerospace Corporation, where he led that Fortune 500 company to major growth in defense R&D. Dr. Rather obtained his B.S. in Physics with Honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. Before entering the private sector, he worked for fifteen years in three National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. All of his work concerned development of transformative technologies for high-payoff applications. He has authored nine patents and more than 150 publications. His website is


Dr. Dean S. Hartley III, Co-Chair of the TVIW Power of Synergy Symposium

Dr. Hartley is known internationally as a problem solver and expert in operations research (OR). Operations Research is the “Science of Better,” the discipline of modeling complex problems to make better decisions. He has been solving problems for customers for more than forty years: two years while in graduate school, four years while on active duty in the Army, nine years in private industry, fifteen years at the Oak Ridge Federal Facilities, and fourteen years as Principal of Hartley Consulting. The Hartley Consulting website is

Hartley is a Director of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), a past Vice President of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), past President of the Military Applications Society (MAS), and a member of the INFORMS Simulation Society (ISIM). He also serves as the Technical Advisor for Operations Research and Modeling to the International Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project (IPAP). Hartley is a Senior Fellow with the George Mason University School of Public Policy, a consulting resource for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), MOVES Institute, and a Research Fellow with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, CMOST. Hartley has published An Ontology for Unconventional Conflict, Unconventional Conflict: A Modeling Perspective, Predicting Combat Effects, co-authored two books, contributed numerous chapters to other books, and written more than 150 articles and technical documents. In 1994 he was awarded the Koopman Prize for best publication in military operations research and in 2013 he was awarded the Steinhardt Prize for lifetime achievement in operations research. His expertise includes modeling and simulation of combat, irregular warfare (IW) operations, verification, validation, and accreditation (VV&A) of models, and psychopharmacology modeling.

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