Congratulations to Marc Apter, who is a member of the EPICS in IEEE Proposal Review Committee, on being the recipient of the William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award. 

 EPICS in IEEE is truly fortunate to have Marc involved in the review process of EPICS in IEEE projects. His insights and the experience he brings to the review process benefits not only the EPICS in IEEE program, but all the students who take part in the EPICS in IEEE program. 


The MGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award is given every 3 years, to honor an individual who, over a long and sustained period of leadership, contributed in an exemplary manner to Member and Geographic Activities (MGA), its activities and achievements, and the attainment of its strategic goals. The focus is on volunteering for IEEE, MGA, or its organizational units, not on professional achievement.

 The award is named for William W. Middleton, who for over 40 years was associated with and contributed to the growth and maturation of the Regional Activities Board (now MGA) through service on it and its various committees and task forces; he was chosen to be the first recipient. 


Marc Apter was born and raised in New Jersey USA, and received a BSEE (Electronics) Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 1964.

He served in the U.S. Navy on active duty for five years, first as the first Electronic Material Officer (EMO) aboard the USS BROOKE (DEG-1), and then as EMO and Instructor at the Fleet Training Center, Mayport, Florida, followed by 21 years service in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring as a Commander. At the same time Apter worked in Washington, DC and Arlington, Virginia, USA for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Ship Systems Command and its successor, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), for 11 years, with the responsibility for installation of various electronic and other systems on ships. In 1980 he was transferred to the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Material for five years, developing Electronic Maintenance Policy, auditing Maintenance Planning for new systems, and overseeing procurement and operations budgets.

He then returned to NAVSEA for 15 years until his retirement; first managing its Metrology and Calibration Program; then managing the Navy’s Maintenance and Configuration Management Programs; and finally as the NAVSEA Command Information Systems Security Manager for more then 25 sites and Head of the Information Technology Operations and Maintenance Branch (developing policy for more then 40,000 government and contractor employees and managing IT operations for 6000 nodes at the headquarters complex).

After retirement from government service, Apter then went to work for EG&G Technical Services, then URS Corporation, and now called AECOM, in Arlington, Virginia, USA and later Dahlgren, Virginia, as a Senior Information Assurance Specialist, developing security documentation for U.S. Government shipboard computer systems, and assorted computer and web based systems and applications. He retired from URS in September 2011.

Apter was active as a local leader in the Scouting movement from 1986-2010.