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.
Ralph James Brodd is the new Director of the Kentucky-Argonne National Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center. The center is a partnership among Argonne National Laboratory, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. Brodd is also the President of Broddarp of Nevada, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in technology assessment, strategic planning and battery technology, production, and marketing. He received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Brodd began his career at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., studying electrode reactions and phenomena that occur in battery operation. He taught physical chemistry in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School and lectured in electrochemistry at Georgetown University and American University. In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Brodd served in a variety of technical and management capacities with a number of battery companies. In 1961, Dr. Brodd joined the L.T.V. research Center of Ling Temco Vought, Inc., in Dallas, Texas, where he established a group in fuel cells and batteries. In 1963, he moved to the Battery Products Technology Center of Union Carbide Corporation, with technical management responsibilities for nickel-cadmium and lead acid rechargeable batteries, alkaline and carbon-zinc product lines, and exploratory R&D. He joined ESB (INCO Electroenergy, Inc.) in 1978, establishing a technology surveillance group, and moving to the position of Director of Technology with oversight and policy responsibility for R&D