Year Inducted / Awarded: 2011
Member Award: Distinguished Service Award
Daniel Serfaty is founder, Chairman and CEO of Aptima, Inc. a leader in the emerging field of human-centered engineering, with 125 employees and $25 million in annual revenue. Under his stewardship, Aptima has pioneered the use of quantitative modeling of human systems for the purpose of optimizing system performance. Mr. Serfaty began his career at Alphatech, an MIT-UConn spin-off (now BAE Systems), where—starting as a graduate student—he developed the now widely-used distributed dynamic decision-making multi-person gaming simulator for research on team performance, under the direction of UConn professor David L. Kleinman. He served on the UConn School of Engineering’s Advisory Board(2006-08) and currently serves on UConn’s Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s Industrial Advisory Board. He holds B.S. degrees in mathematics/physics, psychology, and aeronautical engineering from the Universite de Paris and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology; an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from Technion; and a MBA from UConn. Under Dr. Kleinman, he conducted doctoral work in UConn’s ECE department involving a systematic approach to the analysis of distributed decision-making in dynamic and uncertain environments.