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2007 International Quality Function Deployment’s (QFD) Akao Prize® Awarded to Dr. Thomas L. Saaty

June 7, 2007

Decision Lens Board Member and Founder of Analytic Hierarchy Process to Accept Prize in September 2007

Arlington, VA— Decision Lens, a leading provider of decision making software solutions, announced today that Dr. Thomas L. Saaty was awarded the 2007 Akao Prize® for excellence in Quality Function Deployment. This prize was created in 1996 in honor of Dr. Yoji Akao, co-founder of QFD, who was convinced that the substantial evolution and contribution of QFD world wide merited recognition of those who had made it possible.

Glenn Mazur, Executive Director of the QFD Institute said that “The QFD Institute takes great pride in awarding the 2007 Akao Prize to Dr. Saaty. His contribution to the field of quality management through his theory, The Analytic Hierarchy Process, is broad-reaching and substantial.”

“We are pleased that the QFD Institute is recognizing Dr. Thomas Saaty for his contribution to this very fundamental field. It is gratifying on both a professional and a personal level for my brother Daniel and myself that the life work of our father and the creator of the Analytic Hierarchy Process continues to have such an impact” said John Saaty, CEO of Decision Lens and son of the award recipient. 

The Akao Prize is now awarded to individuals around the world who have demonstrated Excellence in their practice and dissemination of QFD for many years. Taken into consideration are research, authorship, teaching, practical applications, and personal commitment and service to the QFD community world wide including participation in and presentation at the International Symposium on QFD. Dr. Akao requested the QFD Institute administer the Prize.

Selection follows the model of the Deming Prize, whereby candidates are proposed by a committee of Dr. Akao, the Executive Director of the QFD Institute, and past Prize recipients. The Akao Prize is presented by Dr. Akao and the Executive Director of the QFD Institute annually at the International Symposium on QFD. More information is available at http://www.qfdi.org/who_is_qfdi/akao_prize.html.

About Decision Lens 

Decision Lens Inc., headquartered in Arlington, VA, provides a family of desktop and Web-based software solutions designed to support group decision-making for planning, financial, IT and performance-related decisions. Our comprehensive solutions manage the strategic alignment of goals and priorities with investments in people, projects, products and suppliers. Billions of dollars worth of decisions were made using Decision Lens this past year. By combining advanced decision-making techniques with world-class performance visualization capabilities, Decision Lens supports dynamic decision-making based on a well-structured, rational framework with superior reporting.