TARDEC, US Army
Dr. Grace M. Bochenek was appointed Director of the U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command’s (RDECOM’s) Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in August 2006. TARDEC is located Warren, MI, and is recognized as the ground vehicle center of excellence and the premier laboratory for advanced military automotive technology for ground vehicle systems and logistics support equipment.
A recipient of the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2008, Dr. Bochenek brings over 23 years of scientific, technical and managerial experience to this preeminent Army institution. She creates and leads all research, development and engineering strategies for the Department of Defense’s Ground Vehicle Manned and Unmanned systems with military impact worldwide. In this role, she oversees an annual budget of over $500 million in research and development funds as part of the annual $24 billion Department of Army Ground Vehicle and Logistical System investment plan. She manages a workforce of over 1,200 government civilian, military and contractor employees and sets strategic direction for a full range of investments that affect over 270 Army systems.
Prior to this assignment, Dr. Bochenek served as Deputy Program Executive Officer (DPEO) for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS&CSS). As DPEO, she led over 400 civilian personnel, 3 Project Management Offices, 18 managers, 250 ACAT III programs in five geographically distributed sites supporting the Army’s tactical wheeled vehicle fleet and force projection commodities. Additionally in this role, Dr. Bochenek provided scientific and technical leadership, developed innovative programs for engineering career development, guided decisions on all milestone decision authority acquisition documents and advised civilian senior leadership on the development of the Army’s Truck Modernization program, the Army’s Long Term Armor Strategy, and the Army’s Future Tactical Truck Systems program. Dr. Bochenek’s leadership also ensured the alignment of PEO goals with Army goals by developing and implementing the Strategic Readiness System Balanced Score Card metrics to meet organizational and programmatic goals.
Prior to PEO CS&CSS, Dr. Bochenek was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Executive Director of Research and Technical Director for RDECOM-TARDEC. There, she led programs to align all ground-based systems science and technology research objectives to meet the Army’s future warfighting and logistics needs including vehicle survivability, robotics, vehicle electronics, hybrid electric, alternative power and energy, and software engineering. In this dual-hatted role, she also was responsible for Science and Technology strategic planning, program selection, resource management, policy development, professional leadership and organizational liaison with the Director. She was also responsible for developing cooperative programs and agreements with industry, academia and other government agencies that facilitate exchange of technical intelligence.
Director, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (August 2006 - present)
Deputy Program Executive Officer, Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) (January 2005 - August 2006)
Executive Director of Research and Technical Director, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (January 2003 - January 2005)
Associate Director Advanced Collaborative Environments; Director Advanced Collaborative Environments Laboratory, Senior Research Engineer, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center National Automotive Center
Adjunct Faculty, Wayne State Univ., Computer Science Department (August 1998 - 2000)
Research Engineer, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Vetronics Technology Center (1996 - June 1998)
Research Fellowship, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Vetronics Technology Center (1994 - 1996)
Project Electrical Engineer, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Vetronics Technology Center (1986 - 1994)
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Central Florida 1998
Major Areas of Study: Immersive real time virtual environments/virtual reality, 3D visualization, human computer interaction, interface design, human performance and usability testing
Dissertation: Comparative Analysis of Virtual 3D Visual Display Systems Contributions to Cross-functional Team Collaboration in a Product Design Review Environment
Master of Science (M.S.) Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Michigan-Dearborn 1992
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Electrical Engineering Wayne State University 1986
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Michigan State University 1983
VSE Lean Six Sigma, Black Belt Trained
Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Executive Leadership Training
2008 Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Executive
2008 Silver Medal Recipient National Defense Industry Association
2008 University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award
2006 Department of Army Civilian Meritorious Achievement Medal
2005 Wayne State University College of Engineering Distinguished Hall of Fame Recipient
Nominated for the Macomb County Foundation Athena Award
U.S. Voting Member NATO Research & Technology Organization’s Applied Vehicle Technology Panel
Engineering Society of Detroit Board Member
Professional Memberships U.S. Army Acquisition Corps
Senior Executive Association (SEA)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Association of the United States Army (sustaining member)
National Defense Industry Association (NDIA)
Advisor Michigan’s Next Energy
University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board
Past President College of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Advisory Board, University of Central Florida
Michigan Technological University’s College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board
Past Adjunct Professor Wayne State University
Tau Beta Phi (Engineering Honor Society)
Alpha Phi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)
“Army Transitions Hybrid Electric Technology to FCS Manned Ground Vehicle,” Army AL&T Magazine, October-December 2007, pp. 36-39, Bochenek, G. M., and Hitchcock, J. A.
“Army Invests in Testing Facilities to Support Current and Future Technologies,” Army AL&T Magazine, October-December 2007, pp. 40-43, Bochenek, G. M., and Hitchcock, J. A.
“Improving Integrated Project Team Interaction Through Virtual (3D) Collaboration,” Engineering Management Journal: Special Issue on Project Management Focused on Information Systems and Information Technology, June 2004, pp. 3-12, Bochenek, G. M., and Ragusa, J.