Dr. Jaret Riddick shares his story

People first: ARL employees provided growth opportunities

June 05, 2015

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • ARL LNO to the Air Portfolio ensures the impact of ARL research related to aviation is reflected in the overall strategic vision for Army aviation S&T
  • The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator is a S&T program that explores the next generation of vertical lift capabilities
  • As the corporate research lab for the Army, the fundamental and early applied research conducted at ARL touches a broad spectrum of the portfolios managed by DASA(R&T)

Dr. Jaret C. Riddick, an aerospace engineer in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate, began a one-year assignment in March as the ARL Liaison Officer, Air Portfolio Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology in Crystal City, Virginia.

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Riddick holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master's from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He received his doctorate in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2002.

Riddick began his career at ARL after the completion of his Ph.D.

"I began working for ARL as a 'fresh-out' Ph.D. graduate; so technically, ARL was my first 'real job,'" said Riddick. "During my graduate studies, I worked as a research assistant, and later during my Ph.D. studies as a teaching assistant and lecturer. During my undergraduate studies, I participated in Inroads, Inc. as a summer intern at AT&T."

Riddick's one year assignment at ASAALT is expected to be completed in March 2016. The DASA(R&T) has headquarters-level functions and responsibilities that encompass policy, budget, and oversight for the Army science and technology (S&T) enterprise, and in turn acts as the dedicated advocate for S&T at the Headquarters Department of the Army-level.

"As ARL LNO to the Air Portfolio my job is to ensure that the impact of ARL research related to aviation is reflected in the overall strategic vision for Army aviation S&T. Also, to maintain awareness of aviation related research across the lab to support the Air Portfolio Director in carrying out oversight, planning and reporting requirements for HQDA," said Riddick.

Riddick said the present focus of the Air Portfolio centers on coordinating the long-term planning of the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator and the Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation programs. The JMR-TD is an S&T program that explores the next generation of vertical lift capabilities. This effort will culminate with the test flight of demonstrator aircraft in fiscal 2017-2019.

"Operating in DVE is the leading contributing factor to non-combat loss of aircraft and loss of life in rotorcraft operations," said Riddick. "The goal of the DASA(R&T) Air Portfolio is to synchronize collaborative efforts across the S&T enterprise to enable maximum operational mitigation of DVE accidents through analysis, simulation, and test, and to enable the transition to present air platforms and the future vertical lift fleet."

Dy Le, chief of the Mechanics Division in ARL's VTD, said that while Riddick was at VTD, he had been leading the research to help guide the Extremely Lightweight, Adaptive, Durable, and damage tolerant structure research and that he also supported the Virtual Risk-informed Agile Maneuver Sustainment research initiative, which is designed to enable the development of future Army "fatigue-free" aircraft structures. He said Riddick's developmental opportunities will give him increased insight when he returns to VTD next year.

"Dr. Riddick is an exceptional researcher within VTD," said Le. "His assignment as ARL LNO to the Air Portfolio will provide him with a broad spectrum of knowledge of the Army Aviation S&T enterprise and strategic vision, which will become extremely beneficial to the XLADD and VRAMS research initiatives here at the lab."

Riddick said he finds the opportunity to engage senior Army S&T leadership and to develop a deeper understanding of the strategic vision of the S&T enterprise from a broad perspective, quite unique.

"This experience will be a tremendous asset in scoping future research directions within ARL and creating paths to collaboration that create meaningful hand-offs to our transition partners to benefit the Warfighter," said Riddick. "ARL is a unique environment for leadership development. Stepping outside the lab into this detail assignment has allowed me to understand the leadership aspect of the role that ARL plays within the Army S&T community.

"As the corporate research lab for the Army, the fundamental and early applied research conducted at ARL touches a broad spectrum of the portfolios managed by DASA(R&T). This breadth of technical involvement across the S&T enterprise places ARL leadership at the center of strategic discussions for the Army at many touch points, allowing the ARL leadership a unique capability to groom future leaders with a broad perspective of Army S&T and the future strategic vision."

Outside of the office, Riddick and some of his college friends have made a pact to run 50 half-marathons in all 50 states. So far, they have completed five. The fifth one was completed in Las Vegas, April 12.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 5, 2015