ARL Welcomes New Deputy Chief Scientist

ARL Welcomes New Deputy Chief Scientist

By Jenna Brady, ARL PA

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has welcomed a new deputy chief scientist to help lead the laboratory in support of the Army of the future.

Dr. Mary Harper officially assumed her duties last month and is eager to jump in and learn all that she can to help guide the laboratory as it focuses on supporting the Army of 2050.

"I took this job because I wanted to make a difference," Harper said. "I believe I can do that through learning more about what ARL does and understanding how I, given my experience, can play a role. To think that I can work with researchers at ARL to help shape the future of Army science and technology is the most exciting part of this journey for me."

According to ARL Chief Scientist Dr. Joe Mait, Harper will be an invaluable asset to the laboratory from the roles she will play to the depth of knowledge she brings to the position.

"The breadth of issues for which the chief scientist is responsible is unwieldy for just one individual to do well," Mait said. "The chief scientist is involved in forecasting, planning and assessing ARL's technical program as well as creating an environment that enables the technical staff to perform its work effectively. As deputy chief scientist, Dr. Harper will focus primarily on assessment of the technical program and on the environment."

Specifically, Harper's activities will include, for example, oversight of the Technical Assessment Board reviews, selection of the Director's Research Awards, mentoring the staff and direct engagement with the ARL Fellows. - read complete article

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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