Senior campaign scientist to lead laboratory effort

May 03, 2016

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • ARL recently implemented the S&T Campaign Strategy to streamline its research efforts and to better support its customers
  • ARL's Dr. Thomas Stadterman hired as the senior campaign scientist to oversee the analysis and assessment campaign
  • ARL continues to drive opportunities in power projection, information, lethality and protection and Soldier performance for the Army of 2030 and beyond

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (April 4, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently implemented the Science and Technology Campaign Strategy to streamline its research efforts and to better support its customers. As ARL continues to drive opportunities in power projection, information, lethality and protection and Soldier performance for the Army of 2030 and beyond, newly implemented science and technology, or S&T, campaigns will lead to enhanced land power capabilities into the future, officials said.

With that in mind, the laboratory hired Dr. Thomas Stadterman as the senior campaign scientist to oversee the analysis and assessment campaign.

Stadterman said his objectives for the new position include leading change and developing a technical campaign vision that helps ensure operational overmatch for the Army beyond 2025.

"There will be lots of collaboration with the other campaigns, directorates, the analysis community and academia," Stadterman said. "Developing the campaign to ensure that ARL has the tools, techniques and models to assess technologies to support the Soldier and establishing, and refreshing as appropriate, the science, technology, and analysis plan to support and implement the campaign vision and ensuring the campaign contains robust key campaign initiatives and an appropriate set of enduring core campaign enablers is essential."

The campaigns include extramural basic research; computational sciences; materials research; sciences-for-maneuver; information sciences; sciences-for-lethality and protection; human sciences; and analysis and assessment. They are designed to operate in concert to provide ARL with a robust technological foundation to execute its mission.

Stadterman is not new to DOD and brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to support his new position. He began his government career in 1987 as an Army Materiel Command intern at the School of Engineering and Logistics at Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas, and graduated from the Quality and Reliability Engineering program in 1988.

After completing the Quality and Reliability Engineering program, the Army assigned Stadterman to the Materiel Systems Analysis Activity. There he spent five years working test design and evaluation for AMSAA, which is a mission that the Army Evaluation Center has now.

"After my time working TD&E, I moved into reliability engineering for the next 12 years. I worked on an engineering-based approach to reliability called physics-of-failure, which is based on understanding and modeling failure mechanisms," Stadterman said. "During this time, I moved from being an engineer to a team leader for the physics-of-failure team. In this position, I managed finite-element analysis, multi-body dynamic simulations, and computational fluid dynamic simulations related to mechanical and electronic systems."

He continued to delve more into the field, worked in collaboration with others and moved into leadership positions.

"I also worked with multiple universities and research centers. After serving as team leader for eight years, I was promoted to branch chief at AMSAA. Over ten years, I was the branch chief of a number of branches including Chemical Demilitarization, Maneuver Systems, and most recently the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance branch. In a developmental assignment after the Defense Acquisition University senior service college fellowship, I served as Test and Quality division chief at the PM Distributed Common Ground System – Army Office."

Stadterman has more than 25 years of experience in analysis and test and evaluation and is a former ARL customer. When asked what he hoped to bring to ARL as the A&A senior campaign scientist, he said, "I will be working to refine the campaign. I think the analysis and assessment campaign really should be crosscutting, as depicted in the 'campaign chart' with the other four campaigns (human systems, maneuver, lethality and protection, and information systems). I believe the A&A campaign should include A&A capabilities to address technologies and systems in those other campaigns. I plan to refine the campaign over the next couple of months!"

Stadterman is originally from Trafford – a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Lynn, like to travel, and especially enjoy the culture, sights and sounds of New Orleans. He also said they like to kayak "flatwater now, but we used to whitewater kayak," and also enjoy riding on his Harley Davidson. You might even get the chance to hear him play a bluesy Eric Clapton tune on his guitar.

Stadterman said he looks forward to working with everyone at ARL to implement the A&A campaign.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 3, 2016