2008 Rising Star Josh Caplan

Josh Caplan's community outreach and recruiting efforts have raised Spawar's profile

2008 Rising Star

TITLE: Project manager/ information scientist

AGENCY: Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific


Josh Caplan


Josh Caplan, 27, hit the ground running after arriving at Spawar
in August 2007 to participate in the New Professional initiative, a
two-year career development program to provide continuing
leadership and technical training to new employees.

He stood out by engaging in leadership roles and centerwide
improvement efforts, said Tim Ruth, Spawar branch head. Caplan
brought his talents to bear on all the projects he's been
involved in. For example, he participated in a Lean Six Sigma
program focused on improving the hiring process. His community
outreach and recruiting efforts have improved public knowledge of
Spawar and heightened interest on the part of potential job
applicants. Caplan is now project manager for a new Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency program that deals with
technology transition.

About Rising Stars 2008

Turnover among information technology leaders is a fact of life
in government circles. Who's there to take the baton? The
2008 Rising Stars exemplify the strengths of the emerging
generation of IT leaders, mixing technical savvy and innovative
thinking with an instinct for collaboration and a commitment to the
government's mission. Government Computer News is joining
Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology in making the
awards an 1105 Government Information Group 360-degree special
report. For a look at all the Rising Stars, click here.


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