Alumna Laura Odell Receives Award for Excellence in Research

Alumna Laura Odell was recently honored with the Institute for Defense Analyses’ (IDA) 2019 Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research. The IDA news release dated April 2, 2020 quotes President and CEO Norton A. Schwartz saying that the award recognizes Laura’s “role as a pioneer in artificial intelligence-enabled decision making. Through her work, she has inspired IDA researchers, sponsors, and others to continue their advancements in the information age.”

The award is named after former IDA president and trustee, Andrew Goodpaster and is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional analytic achievement within the IDA research community. 

As the news release notes, Laura’s leadership has improved IDA’s ability to create solutions that are timely and actionable by its sponsors. She dedicates her efforts to developing projects that are of interest to her team, creating opportunities to expand their skills. 

Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986 from the University of Minnesota. She currently serves as an assistant director in the Information Technology and Systems Division (ITSD) of the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Systems and Analyses Center.

IDA is a nonprofit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers in the public interest. IDA responds to challenging U.S. security and science policy questions with objective analysis using scientific, technical, and analytic expertise.