Dr. Philip Perconti assumed responsibilities of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, during a ceremony in the Adelphi Laboratory Center auditorium, Aug. 10, 2017. He was officially named the fifth director of the Army’s corporate laboratory in June. Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, commander, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, officiated.
Perconti, who served as the ARL acting director from April 2016 to June 2017, replaces Dr. Thomas Russell who accepted a position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology.
Prior to being named ARL Acting Director, Perconti was the director of the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate where he was responsible for leading and transitioning the Army’s primary basic and applied research programs in sensors, electronics, signal processing and power and energy component technologies.
Perconti said he is excited for the opportunity to lead the Army’s premier laboratory for research and development. He also thanked the ARL workforce for their commitment to research and technology in support of the warfighter.
Perconti noted that the laboratory’s highest priority work involves research to reduce technology uncertainty, filling knowledge gaps, and identifying technology risk associated with delivering new capabilities “or by finding new ways to fight so that senior warfighters can make decisions with high confidence on how to build the next Army.”
“ARL works to equip our Soldiers with technological overmatch and to help them avoid technology surprise on the battlefield,” he said. “This is the fundamental reason the Department of Defense does research.”
Prior to joining ARL in January 2013, Perconti was the director of the Science and Technology Division of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate for 12 years.
Perconti received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from George Mason University, a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from The George Washington University.
He is a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposium, a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, and serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the Military Sensing Symposium. He has published extensively on many aspects of military sensing and countermine/counter improvised explosive device technology, has authored and co-authored over 50 publications including three book chapters, and holds two patents. Perconti was selected for the Senior Executive Service in January 2013.
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