NEWS: Leidos Employees Honored with 2017 Aerospace Distinguished Alumnus Award

May 9, 2017 Media Relations

Art Ibers and John Soldner Recognized for Engineering Achievements

RESTON, Va.May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a global science and technology company, announced that Art IbersLeidos senior vice president, Exploration & Mission Support, and John Soldner, senior program manager, received the 2017 Aerospace Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The award is given to alumni in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in the field of engineering. They were the only recipients to receive the award this year.

Ibers currently is responsible for leading a team of 2,700 employees and subcontractors focused on supporting customer missions in exploration, science, aviation and information technology through engineering operations and infrastructure services. He has over 32 years of large-scale systems integration, engineering and program management experience. One of Ibers' career highlights is leading the team that developed the Next Generation Identification system for the FBI, a state-of-the-art biometric investigative tool currently used by more than 18,000 local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies across the county.  He holds a bachelor's degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University

Soldner currently manages a staff of consultants, methodologists and data scientists that provide data-driven insights to senior government management in the Intelligence Community to improve the intelligence analysis that is provided to senior national security policy makers. He has 30 years of program management experience, including creating both technical and creative learning solutions for Special Access Required customers, the Director of National Intelligence, and National Aeronautical Space Administration  Johnson Space Center. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of business administration in finance and business policy from the University of Chicago.

"This well-deserved award highlights Leidos' strong engineering talent and expertise," said Leidos Chief Technology Officer, John Fratamico. "Art and John are true assets to our organization and exemplify the strong leadership and technical skill we rely on to deliver critical programs and support to our customers."

About Leidos

Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, VirginiaLeidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 30, 2016, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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