Lieutenant General Patrick J. O'Reilly, MDA director, presented this award at the Eighth Annual MDA Awards Ceremony held on June 30 in Huntsville, Ala. Conrad, who is on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment to the MDA Test Directorate in Huntsville, was recognized for his ongoing technical contributions and for his exceptional service during emergency situations resulting from severe weather in Alabama.
"It was a wonderful and completely unexpected surprise," Conrad said of the award, which is presented at the discretion of the MDA director to honor civilian or military employees for outstanding contributions.
Conrad has worked on numerous programs related to air and missile defense since his joining the laboratory in 1992. From 1995 to 2000, he served as the lead for the mission control center at the Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. In 2000, after his return from Kwajalein, he was tasked to establish the laboratory's field office in Huntsville. In 2004, he became the leader of the Air Defense Techniques Group, and later transferred to the Ballistic Missile Defense Elements Group as leader. He has been on assignment in Huntsville since 2008, serving first as technical director and then as deputy of test for the Test Directorate. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from San Diego State University and an MS degree, also in electrical engineering, from California State University at Northridge.