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Ms. Jennifer A. Hitchcock

Executive Director, Research, Technology & Integration
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center
Warren, MI

Ms. Jennifer A. Hitchcock was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in January 2011 as the Executive Director for Research and Technology Integration (RTI) at the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Ms. Hitchcock brings more than 21 years of technical leadership and managerial experience in mobility and power and energy technologies, systems engineering, acquisition and program management.

Ms. Hitchcock served as the Acting Director of RTI from April 2010 until her official appointment to the SES and RTI Director in Jan. 2011. She is responsible for leading the research and integration of Army ground vehicle mobility, power and energy, survivability, robotic and vehicle electronic architecture technologies. She is responsible for ensuring concepts, analytics, analysis and system simulation are completed for all ground vehicle technology integration to drive system integration solutions to meet emerging Army battlefield challenges. She leads more than 500 associates in five technical business areas, and is the executive responsible for the planning, execution, funding and selection of technology programs the Army will pursue to align and transition to acquisition programs.

Career Chronology:

  • Mar. 2012 - Aug. 2012: Interim Director, Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, Warren, MI
  • Jan. 2011 - present: Executive Director for Research, Technology & Integration, Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, Warren, MI
  • Sept. 2009 - April 2010: Chief of Staff, Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, Warren, MI
  • May 2009 - Sept. 2009: Project Manager, U.S. Army Electromagnetic Gun Program
  • Oct. 2005 - July 2008: Supervisory Associate Director, Ground Vehicle Power and Mobility, Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, Warren, MI
  • July 2004 - Oct. 2005: Chairman, Power and Engineering Integrated Product Team, Research Development and Engineering Command
  • Mar. 2001 - Jan. 2004: Assistant Product Manager (Engineering) Abrams LV100 Common Engine Development Program, TARDEC, Warren, MI
  • July 1995 - Nov. 1999: Team Leader, Propulsion Support Team, TARDEC, Warren, MI

College:

  • MS, Global Leadership and Management, Army Senior Service College Fellow, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI 2009
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1994
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, 1988

Significant Training:

  • U.S. Army Senior Service College Fellowship, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
  • Defense Acquisition University: Acquisition Courses PMT 401,450,451 and 452
  • National Security Course, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
  • Leadership Development Course, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL.

Certifications:

  • Level III Certification, Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering
  • Level III Certification, Program Management
  • Army Acquisition Corps Certification, 2001
  • Professional Engineer License, State of Michigan, 1996

Awards and Honors:

  • Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, TARDEC, Warren, MI 2006
  • Leaders and Innovators Award, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI 2005
  • Alumni Achievement Award, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI 2005

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success