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Daniels '93 MS, '97 PhD, is Distinguished Alumni Services recipient

Jody J. Daniels '70 BS

Jody J. Daniels '93 MS, '97 PhD (Computer Science) has received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Services Award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. An active duty Brigadier General with the U.S. Africa Command, Daniels is the deputy director responsible for the intelligence and counterintelligence facilitating situational awareness and threat warning and assessment across 54 countries. In her civilian career, Daniels served as the first director of advanced programs for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories and as strategic level representative for multiple technology areas including cyberspace, human terrain, and mobile computing.

Daniels has over 30 years of active and reserve military service and previously served as the Commanding General of the 87th Army Reserve Support Command East in Birmingham, Alabama and Deputy Commanding General for Support of the First Army Division East in Fort Meade, Maryland. She was responsible for the mobilization, demobilization, training and discipline of all deploying Army Reserve units east of the Mississippi River. She was also responsible for eight Brigade headquarters elements, one Mobilization Support Group and 49 Battalions with an authorized strength of over 4,200 Soldiers.

Daniels holds a BS in applied mathematics (computer science) from Carnegie Mellon University, a MS and PhD in computer science from UMass Amherst, and MS in strategic studies from the U. S. Army War College. Her military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award and Knowlton Award. She was recognized by Lockheed Martin with seven Special Recognition Awards and an Award of Distinction. Daniels was noted for her research with two DARPA Program Manager presented awards.

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