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TARDEC Leadership

Dr. Paul Rogers

U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center

Dr. Paul D. Rogers serves as Director of TARDEC, where he is responsible for providing executive management to deliver advanced technology solutions for all Department of Defense ground systems and combat support equipment. Dr. Rogers was selected to the Army Senior Executive Service in 2007.

As the TARDEC Director, Dr. Rogers manages a workforce of more than 1,700 engineers, scientists, researchers, and support staff and sets strategic direction for a full range of investments that affect more than 270 Army systems. With an annual budget of more than $475 million, Dr. Rogers ensures TARDEC provides vigilance and resourcefulness to deliver solutions within cost and on schedule so our Soldiers can dominate on the battlefield. Read complete bio


Mr. Magid Athnasios

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

Mr. Athnasios has served as a civil servant for more than 23 years. In 2007, he was selected for promotion to the Senior Executive Service and was assigned as Acting Executive Director for TARDEC's Engineering Business Group. Previous assignments at TARDEC include Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director for TARDEC software engineering.

Prior to joining TARDEC, Mr. Athnasios worked in the Product Assurance and Testing division of the U.S. Army Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command, as a Department of Defense representative in an exchange program with the U.K. Ministry of Defense and as a Computer Engineer at Woolwich Arsenal in London. Read complete bio


Ms. Jennifer Hitchcock

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

Ms. 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, system 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. Read complete bio


Dr. David Gorsich

Chief Scientist
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center

Dr. David J. Gorsich serves as Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and was selected for a Scientific and Professional (ST) position by the Federal Government in January 2009.

His research pursuits include vehicle dynamics and structural analysis, reliability-based design optimization, underbody blast modeling, terrain modeling and spatial statistics. He is the primary technical advisor to the TARDEC Director and responsible for the organization’s science and technology strategy, along with review of TARDEC’s basic research programs. Gorsich is TARDEC’s primary focal point to organizations such as DARPA and ARO, and serves as technical expert for the Army’s National Automotive Center (NAC). Read complete bio


Mr. Dave Taylor

Chief of Staff
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center

Mr. Dave Taylor serves as the Chief of Staff for TARDEC and is responsible for coordinating and supervising the staff to support the TARDEC mission. Mr. Taylor's previous civilian assignments include Director of Operations and Ground Portfolio Planner and Program Coordinator for PEO Ground Combat Systems.

Mr. Taylor retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service at the rank of Colonel in July 2010. His military assignments included Senior Army Advisor for the States of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Carolina; Professor of Military Science Michigan State University; Director, Commander's Initiative Group, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command; Director of Operations, Task Force Eagle; Director of Operations, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; Strategic Planner, HQDA G/3/5/7; Troop Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; Company Commander, 177th Armored Brigade; Operations Officer, 2nd Brigade 24th Infantry Division; and Platoon Leader, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. Read complete bio


LTC Michael T. Powell

Interim Military Deputy
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center

Lieutenant Colonel Michael T. Powell currently serves as the acting Military Deputy at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan. Previously, LTC Powell served as the Product Director for the Armored Security Vehicle.

LTC Powell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation, LTC Powell was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps, serving in Combat Service Support units in Hawaii, Korea and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. In addition to a Bachelor of Science Degree from Slippery Rock University, he earned a Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University, majoring in Hospital Administration.Read complete bio


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