ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army announced the selection of a new senior executive to lead the Army Research Laboratory's Human Research and Engineering Directorate.Dr. J. Corde Lane became the lab's HRED director effective Sept. 30. He had served as the directorate's acting leader since December 2017.Lane now officially leads the directorate in conducting basic and applied research in the human sciences, focusing on future technologies to enhance Soldier performance and Soldier-system interactions."This basic and applied research spans three core areas -- human behavior, human capability enhancement, and integration of humans and systems," Lane said.The organization, with its main offices at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, includes 20 additional sites co-located with the Training and Doctrine Command Centers of Excellence; the Research, Development, and Engineering Command Centers; Program Executive Offices and Program Managers; as well as ARL Open Campus Partner facilities.Previous assignments include serving as the acting director of the lab's Vehicle Technology Directorate; executive officer to the ARL director, and VTD associate director for Plans and Programs.From 2002 to 2009, Lane worked for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's Aberdeen Test Center, where he focused on "strategic planning and the development of computer and network testing infrastructure to prepare for incoming Army communication technologies."Before working for the Army, Lane was with the University of Maryland for more than 10 years. He graduated cum laude and honors in engineering with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. He continued his education by earning a master of science degree and later a doctorate in aerospace engineering also from the University of Maryland while programming graphical user interfaces for NASA robotic projects. In 2010, Lane earned a master of arts degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University. He also completed the Harvard School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program.Lane's awards include the Federal Executive Board Outstanding Supervisor GS-13 and above award (silver), U.S. Army Modeling and Simulation SMART Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, four Commander's Awards for Civilian Service, two Achievement Medals for Civilian Service, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference Best Paper, and SIWzie Award for outstanding paper for SISO Interoperability Workshop.The Senior Executive Service was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications, serving in key positions just below the top Presidential appointees as a link between them and the rest of the federal workforce. equivalent to general officer or flag officer ranks in the U.S. Armed Forces. It was created in 1979 when the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 went into effect._______________________________________The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.