By Maj. Douglas Halleaux (Army National Guard)June 11, 2019
DETROIT ARSENAL, Michigan--In a June 6 ceremony here, the U.S. Army appointed the Ground Vehicle Power and Mobility (GVPM) expert, Dr. Peter Schihl, to its ranks of senior research scientists.
Schihl will serve as the Army's GVPM Senior Research Scientist at the U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command's Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC).
Army senior research scientists serve as general-officer-level Department of the Army Civilians who advise leadership on science and technology matters. Army-wide, there are 42 senior research scientist positions.
"Senior research scientists are specialists in their field, but maintain a broad vision in order to guide the Army along its various research paths appropriately," says Jeffrey Langhout, Director, GVSC. "Dr. Schihl's expertise and background makes him the ideal voice to senior leadership and guide for the Army's power and mobility community."
Schihl brings a deep background at GVSC and in power and mobility; he has served as a Detroit Arsenal researcher for 28 years, most recently as a senior technical leader. His passion for mobility and propulsion science and engineering stretches across the Department of Defense, the automotive industry, the heavy-duty industry, the Department of Energy, national labs, and academia.
During the ceremony, Schihl was presented with his flag and lapel pin of the senior professional cadre service, after which he shared with the audience his experiences being raised in a large family in a small Michigan farming community, progressing through the lessons he learned as a college basketball player at Oakland University, to the guidance he received during his tenure at the Ground Vehicle Systems Center.
Among his mentors is Schihl's father-in-law, Tony Leonard, a 101-year-old World War II veteran with whom Schihl and the audience shared a touching telephone chat during the ceremony which coincided with the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The tribute to Leonard and the D-Day anniversary punctuated Schihl's moving comments about his pride in being an American and grandson of immigrants fleeing Nazi persecution.
"We're always very grateful to be Americans," said Schihl. "I stand on the shoulder of immigrants who came to these shores fleeing a terrible situation, and a couple of generations later, I stand here ready to serve you and the Nation, and I'm overwhelmed and humbled by the honor and opportunity."
Schihl joins two other U.S. Army Senior Research Scientists at Detroit Arsenal: GVPM's Chief Scientist and the U.S. Army's Chief Roboticist.