Dr. Amy Finch selected for detail as executive officer to RDECOM deputy director

October 17, 2013

Dr. Amy Finch of the BioTechnology Branch within the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate was recently selected for a detail as executive officer to the new Research, Development and Engineering Command Deputy Director Jyuji Hewitt.

Finch interviewed as a candidate for the 12-month developmental tour at RDECOM to serve as an executive officer to either the RDECOM director or deputy director, and according to Col. Kenneth Tarcza, RDECOM chief of staff, "Amy hit it out of the park during her panel interview" and was the top candidate to fill the position as executive officer for Hewitt.

When asked why she decided to apply for this detail, Finch stated that she had been working at the bench level for the past six years and wanted to get a better feel for the entire RDECOM portfolio.

"I am extremely passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, initiatives and science policy and want to better educate the community about the scope and breadth of Army S&T. I think we need more advocates outside of the organization that understand the mission and how critical it is to the warfighter of today, but more importantly the warfighter of 2030," said Finch.

Finch believes the executive officer position allows her to learn the battle rhythm for the organization and better understand the command intent, which she said is even more true with Hewitt since he is also new to RDECOM and she is able to learn about the command at the same time he is learning about the command.

Specifically in this position, Finch acts as a liaison/consultant for leadership to ensure meetings are planned, intent is communicated, plans are carried out and tasks are accomplished.

"I know the intent of leadership so that I can discuss plans, ideas and strategic events. I am a direct link for staff to coordinate with on the behalf the deputy director, allowing leadership to maintain their involvement on their immediate endeavor, thus eliminating from senior leaders' schedules the daily routine procedures that are needed to keep operations moving, which will allow leaders to focus on their leadership roles and mission," stated Finch.

In this new position, Finch wants to be an advocate for ARL and for Army S&T as a whole.

As far as her personal goals are concerned, Finch plans to return to ARL and utilize the knowledge that she gains from corporate at the lab level. Her long-term goals include applying for the Army congressional fellowship program, or perhaps going on to a role at the Office of the United States Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology as a liaison for the organization.

According to Vicky Bevilacqua, chief of ARL's BioTechnology Branch, the selection of Finch as executive officer came as no surprise.

"We are not at all surprised that Amy did so well in her interview. She has a high level of motivation, initiative and energy. We believe that she will do an excellent job as executive officer to Mr. Hewitt and that she will represent ARL very well while at RDECOM," said Bevilacqua.


Last Update / Reviewed: October 17, 2013