Army Research Laboratory inducts newest senior executive

September 10, 2018

By ARL Public Affairs

ADELPHI, Md. (Sept. 10, 2018) -- The U.S. Army inducted the newest member to its Senior Executive Service during a ceremony at the Adelphi Laboratory Center.

Dr. Keith Krapels, director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, took the oath of office during an SES pinning and induction ceremony hosted by ARL Director Dr. Philip Perconti.

As SEDD director, Krapels is responsible for basic and applied research in sensors, electron devices, and power and energy to ensure U.S. military superiority.

"It truly is an honor to get this opportunity to exercise leadership in the Army's R&D enterprise," Krapels said. "I could not have asked for a better place to go to be a senior leader."

SEDD conducts innovative research to provide the Army with affordable enabling technology in advanced electro-optical technologies; flexible displays; advanced RF technologies; electronic materials and devices; autonomous sensing; micro-autonomous technologies; hybrid-electric vehicle, platform and pulse power; directed energy; and micro, Soldier, and portable power. The directorate has about 350 civilian and military employees with a budget of more than $400 million.

Previously, Krapels served as the director of the Modeling, Simulation & Netted Sensors Division, RDECOM Communication-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center's Night Vision and Electronics Sensors Directorate.

From September 2011 to August 2012, Krapels was the chief of advisors to the Ministry of Interior/Afghan National Police Headquarters, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. He retired as a captain from the U.S. Navy Reserve following 36 years of service -- 14 years on active duty and 22 years in the reserve.

From January 2005 to April 2008: Krapels was the program manager for Electro-optical/infrared (EO-IR) Sensor Technology in the Office of Naval Research.

Before that he served as program officer, Electronic Warfare & EO/IR Sensors, ONR; Rapid Fielding Officer, ONR; electronics engineer, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC NVESD; research associate/doctoral student, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, University of Memphis; and electronic warfare special projects officer.

From July 1993 to September 1996, Krapels served as an electronic counter measures officer/mission commander for EA-6B Aircraft, U.S. Navy Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron-141.

He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis, in 2000, a master of science in electrical engineering also from the University of Memphis, in 1986, and a bachelor of science in applied mathematics from University of Memphis in 1984.

ARL is the U.S. Department of the Army's corporate laboratory, strategically placed within the newly formed Army Futures Command.

"As ARL becomes more and more focused on delivering outcomes for the warfighter based on our knowledge of science and technology, I think Keith is the kind of leader that we need to take us to the next level," Perconti said in his remarks.

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: September 10, 2018