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Women in Aerospace honors Mary Pensworth Reagor ’83 PhD with the 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award for Technical Excellence.

Fuzzy logic

Women in Aerospace honors Mary Pensworth Reagor ’83 PhD with the 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award for Technical Excellence.

Mary Pensworth Reagor ’83 PhD, a technical fellow for mathematical algorithms at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, in September received the 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award for Technical Excellence from Women in Aerospace, a Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in the aerospace community.

Reagor, one of six honorees, was chosen for her pioneering work in fuzzy logic applications that has resulted in widely applicable data mining and modeling tools. She is also the co-inventor of the Reagor Lynn Method (RLM), a unique mathematical technique for creating compact, accurate, high-performance models of complex physical phenomena.

The technology’s applications range from medical research to industrial process control. Lockheed Martin has licensed the technique to Fort Worth-based Third Millennium Productions, a software company that has developed it into a commercial package called Datascape.

“There are over 400 users of Datascape in Lockheed Martin Corp. worldwide,” Reagor said. “One of my favorite comments from one of these users was: ‘This is the rabbit I’ve been looking for in my hat!’”

When Reagor began at then-General Dynamics more than 35 years ago, she knew only four other women engineers. “Now I am delighted to say that a large number of young women and minorities work for Lockheed Martin. People coming from diverse backgrounds and ages bring a rich variety of problem-solving abilities and techniques,” she said, noting that women often bring a unique approach to problem solving.