PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. -- Donald E. Carlucci, a Senior Research Scientist for Computational Structural Modeling at Picatinny Arsenal, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, a prestigious award presented to a distinct group of federal executives and senior professionals for their extraordinary work over an extended number of years.
Carlucci, who was selected in the Meritorious Senior Professional category, is employed at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Armaments Center, the largest organization at Picatinny Arsenal.
Carlucci is one of the 233 winners recognized in fiscal year 2022 across 33 federal agencies. President Joe Biden selected recipients from a list of recommended finalists submitted by the Office of Personnel Management.
Among his duties, Carlucci serves as the U.S. Army’s chief scientist for the modeling of all gun and projectile systems at the Armaments Center.
“It is really easy to excel at your job when you love it,” Carlucci said.” I love my job. I get to work with amazingly talented people on cutting edge projects that protect our Soldiers. No two days are the same and the challenges keep coming. It is a real honor to work for this center, command and the Army.”
“Dr. Carlucci has been a driving force transforming the Armaments Center in expanding its modeling and simulation capabilities over nearly three decades,” said Anthony J. Sebasto, Acting Director of the DEVCOM Armaments Center.
“His efforts in developing Computational Structural M&S tools, coupled with training and mentorship of the growing cadre of the Armaments Center workforce employing M&S, has greatly enhanced the quality of armaments design, reduced product development timelines, and accelerated failure analyzes of developmental and fielded items,” Sebasto added.
Carlucci received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His master’s and doctorate degrees are from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Over the course of his career, Carlucci has earned significant awards and honors, while also attaining numerous scientific achievements.
Carlucci was responsible for the modeling, development and accompanying fielding of projectiles and developed procedures to analyze the effect of spiral wear in gun tubes, which led to the upgrading of the current inventory of artillery.
The senior research scientist is also the widely cited author of more than 50 publications. His textbook on ballistics is used by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Carlucci also plays a significant role in the professional and academic development of scientists and engineers at the Armaments Center by serving as Chancellor of the U.S. Army Armament Graduate School at Picatinny Arsenal.
The Armament Graduate School was established to support the Armaments Center mission by developing personnel who are broadly trained and well-versed in armaments engineering and research. No comparable institution with such a specialized, armaments-focused curriculum is believed to exist.