Allender named SES member and HRED director
January 07, 2011
Dr. Laurel Allender was recently announced as the Army Research Laboratory's newest member of the Senior Executive Service and she has been named director of the Human Research and Engineering Directorate by the Secretary of the Army.
In an announcement, ARL Director John Miller expressed congratulations and noted his full support of Allender as she takes on new responsibilities at ARL.
"HRED has been waiting a long time for a permanent director, and I am convinced that it has been worth the wait," Miller said. "Dr. Allender is extremely well qualified to lead the Directorate into the future, and as a member of the ARL senior leadership team, she will play a major role in leading ARL into the future as well."
The SES was designed by Congress to be an elite corps of managers and administrators charged with running the Federal Government. In the Army, senior executives are the civilian counterparts of general officers. While some SES members occupy the Department's top civilian management jobs, others are the scientific and technical experts on whom the Army depends on to achieve and sustain technical supremacy.
Allender has been with ARL since its inception and over her career has worked in the field at Fort Bliss, Texas, in Alexandria, Va., and at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. She received her doctorate in applied experimental and cognitive psychology from Rice University in 1987. Her research interests include cognitive and social aspects of network science, research and development of human behavior representations, cognitive neuroscience, and human-robot-team interaction.