ARL Welcomes Dr. Philip Perconti as Director of the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate
March 19, 2013
Dr. Philip Perconti was recently named director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD).
Prior to becoming director of SEDD, 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.
As director of SEDD, Perconti noted that he will put into action guiding principles including leading by example, having an open door policy with his staff, and listening in order to understand the needs and direction of the organization and its employees.
Perconti stressed that although both tasks are equally imperative, he is a technical leader first and a manager second.
According to Perconti, his motto is "people first, mission always."
He believes that each member of his staff, both administrative and technical, holds a vital role in the success of the organization, and encourages staff development, continued education, and life-long learning.
Looking towards the future, Perconti will strive to improve what works for ARL and fix any issues that may exist, increase the organization's relationships with the Army's Research, Development, and Engineering Centers, and enhance the esteem of the lab's already prestigious reputation.
"ARL has a great reputation for basic and applied science, and I want to make it even greater," said Perconti.
Currently, Perconti is in the process of learning about ARL as a whole and understanding the needs and goals of the organization in order to identify how to best proceed in terms of the development of technology for our Soldiers.
Perconti appreciates the breadth of technology that ARL has to offer, and believes that breadth will aid in both his personal and professional growth as the director of SEDD.
He is interested in learning what the workforce has to offer and the work that is currently being done in support of our warfighters, and he places great emphasis on the importance of remembering who we are working for, which is the Army, specifically our Soldiers both on and off the battlefield.
"I encourage the workforce to not be shy and to engage in technological conversations with me as a way to discuss how the organization can move forward in terms of technology and Army innovations. We are not just scientists, but we are Army scientists," noted Perconti.
Perconti has extensive experience in the research and development of component technology and concepts underpinning the most advanced night vision electro optical/infrared materials and components, photonics, electronics, advanced radio frequency technologies for ground penetrating radar, and signal and imaging processing found in fielded and emerging Army sensors.
He 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.
Perconti is a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposium, a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Army Acquisition Corps, the Technical Cooperative Program Sensors Multi-Sensor Integration Panel and the Institute of Electrical Engineers, and serves as chairman for the Military Sensing Program, Passive Sensors Committee.
He has published extensively on many aspects of military sensing and countermine/counter improvised explosive device technology, has authored and co-authored over 40 publications including three book chapters, and he holds two patents.
Perconti was selected for the Senior Executive Service in January 2013.