Army names TARDEC technical director
July 13, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The Secretary of the Army announced a new senior civilian leader for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's tank and automotive center at Detroit Arsenal, Mich.
Dr. Paul Rogers, Ph.D., has been appointed as U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center technical director effective Aug. 12.
Rogers comes to the new job from the Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems where he served as deputy since April 11, 2010. He previously served in leadership roles at TARDEC. In 2006, he was the deputy associate director for Mobility Research, Mobility Technology Area. In 2007, he became the executive director for Research.
The Research, Development and Engineering Command's tank and automotive center has been without a director since Dr. Grace M. Bochenek became the Army Materiel Comand chief technology officer in March. Jennifer A. Hitchcock served as acting director in the interim.
"Please join me in congratulating Dr. Rogers in his new assignment and welcome him back to the RDECOM community," said RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond. "I know he can count on your support as we strive to find ways to improve our support to Soldiers with innovative technology solutions."
Rogers has a wealth of experience in the TARDEC field. In previous assignments he led the formation of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Experimentation and Assessment program to support future Tactical Wheeled Vehicle acquisition strategy.
Ormond also wanted to public recognize the contributions of the interim director.
"Jennifer Hitchcock has done a fantastic job ensuring that TARDEC maintains its critical role in supporting Soldiers by providing cutting edge technologies and engineering support to the TACOM community and the Army," he said.
Rogers earned doctorate of philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University in 2004. He also earned a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Master of Science in Engineering-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MTU. He is a graduate of the Army Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Rogers is married and has three children.