Human Research and Engineering Directorate welcomes new leadership

June 28, 2017

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently appointed John Lockett as acting director of the Human Research and Engineering Directorate following the late-April retirement of Dr. Laurel Allender.
  • Lockett leads the Human Sciences Campaign of basic and applied research and advanced development spanning three core areas — human behavior, human capability enhancement and the integration of humans and systems

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 19, 2017) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently appointed an acting director of the Human Research and Engineering Directorate following the retirement of Dr. Laurel Allender in late April.

John Lockett assumed responsibility for the organization in May. As HRED's new leader he oversees operations at APG, and 20 additional sites co-located with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Centers of Excellence; the Research, Development and Engineering Command centers; program executive offices and program managers; the SFC Paul Ray Smith Center in Orlando; and ARL Open Campus partner facilities. He leads the Human Sciences Campaign of basic and applied research and advanced development spanning three core areas — human behavior, human capability enhancement and the integration of humans and systems.

"ARL HRED is the most important military research organization for human science and human systems integration in the world. It has been my home for almost 33 years and my goal is to ensure we have the people, infrastructure and strategy in place to continue to provide world class S&E for our Soldiers for years to come," Lockett said.

Lockett served as HRED's acting director in 2014 when Dr. Allender was detailed to the Natick Soldier Research and Development Center in Massachusetts. He is ARL's deputy institutional official for human research protections, and serves on the Office of the Secretary of Defense human systems community of interest senior steering group and oversees domain assessments for the Army human systems integration program.

Before taking his current position, Lockett stood up the Soldier Battlefield Integration Division, where he oversaw fundamental research and development programs associated with Soldier performance and human systems integration, or HSI, support to the Army within a division of about 80 scientists, engineers and administrative personnel in four branches and located at 17 sites. Research thrusts included HSI issues related to dismounted Soldier and team performance; air and command & control systems; complex ground systems and operations and cyber and networked systems.

His earlier work concentrated on application of workload analysis and human figure modeling technologies to Army HSI, formerly known as MANPRINT. During that period he managed projects relating to development of physical and workload modeling tools to include the Army's portion of the Jack human figure model, the WinCrew workload and task analysis tool, and the improved performance research integration tool, or IMPRINT.

Lockett received a master's in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2006 and a bachelor's of Science in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University in 1984.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 28, 2017