As Chief Operating Officer at the National Center for Simulation (NCS) Dr. Finkelstein works alongside the President/CEO, NCS Board of Directors, and NCS member companies on promoting, protecting, and growing the Modeling, Simulation, and Training (MS&T) community while working on shared challenges that cut across government, academic, and industry from the research, development and acquisition of training aids, devices, simulations, and simulators (TADSS).
Prior to working at NCS Dr. Finkelstein served in the Department of Defense for 31 years. His last position as Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army MS&T Laboratory in Central Florida. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Finkelstein also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Finkelstein holds a certificate in Program Management from the Army School of Engineering and Logistics at Texarkana, Texas. He also holds three Level III Certifications in the Acquisition Corp for Science and Technology Management, Program Management, and Engineering and is a past Graduate of the U.S. Army Leadership and Education Development Course, and Graduate of the Manager’s Development Course.
Over his career, Dr. Finkelstein has worked in various capacities of increased responsibility specializing in human-in-the-loop immersive training and simulation effectiveness, human/system integration, human sciences, human/unmanned research, mobile application development, mixed reality, and served on billions of dollars in projects that cut across the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, DHS, and VA to name a few. Dr. Finkelstein also served at the Pentagon while supporting the establishment of the Army Modeling and Simulation Office in Alexandria, VA. He has chaired or participated in 47 Source Selection Evaluation Boards, authored/co-authored over 70 technical publications, is a Faculty Scholar, Adjunct Professor, and Senior Advisor to the University of Central Florida School of Modeling, Simulation and Training (SMST). Dr. Finkelstein sits on numerous boards to include; The longest serving member on the Team Orlando Board of Directors, National Defense Industrial Association (Orlando), Valencia State College, Daytona Beach State College, Florida Governor’s Defense Alliance, Florida I-4 High Technology Corridor, Chair of the Florida Polytechnic University Engineering Board of Directors and is the Director of STEM Camp Orlando, a partnership STEM Camp involving NASA, Universal Studios, VA SimLearn Center, and Nicolson Robotics Surgery Center.
Neal and Lysa Finkelstein have two daughters Kaitlynn (19) and Kara (16).