Dr. Patrick G. Carrick, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Acting Director and Director, Basic Science Program Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va. As acting director of AFOSR, he guides the management of the entire basic research investment for the Air Force. Dr. Carrick leads a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington, Va., and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile. Each year, AFOSR selects, sponsors and manages revolutionary basic research that impacts the future Air Force. AFOSR interacts with leading scientists and engineers throughout the world to identify breakthrough opportunities; actively manages a $510 million investment portfolio encompassing the best of these opportunities; and transitions the resulting discoveries to other components of the Air Force Research Laboratory, to defense industries and to other federal agencies. The office's annual investment in basic research is distributed among more than 200 academic institutions, 150 businesses and 200 research efforts within the AFRL.
Dr. Carrick was an assistant professor of physics at Mississippi State University, Starkville, and Director of the Shared Laser Facility at the University of Oregon, Eugene, prior to joining the Defense Department in 1989. He served for 10 years at Edwards Air Force, Calif., becoming Chief of the Propellants Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate in 1994. He successfully led a team conducting cutting-edge scientific research and engineering. He also directed the High Energy Density Matter Program, which develops advanced rocket propellants and energetic materials. As a senior research physical scientist, he developed the first cryogenic solid hybrid rocket engine.
Dr. Carrick served for two years as the Air Force program element monitor for Propulsion and Power Technologies and Deputy for Science and Technology Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering. He monitored and provided guidance for the $300 million science and technology investment in propulsion and power. He served on national steering committees for both rocket propulsion and turbine programs and was the lead editor and coordinator of the national report on hypersonic technology. Dr. Carrick also served as the Air Force representative to the Department of Defense Functional Integrated Process Team on Scientist and Engineer Career Field Management. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director, Physics and Electronics Directorate at AFOSR and before that was the chief science, technology and international adviser for the special assistant to the Secretary of Defense for chemical and biological defense as well as chemical demilitarization programs. Dr. Carrick has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1983 Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry, Rice University, Houston, Texas
2000 Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. 1989 - 1994, research scientist in high energy density matter, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards AFB, Calif.
2. 1994 - 1999, Chief, Propellants Branch, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB, Calif.
3. 1999 - 2000, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
4. 2001 - 2003, program element monitor, Propulsion and Power Programs, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering, Washington, D.C.
5. 2004 - 2006, chief science, technology and international adviser for the special assistant to the Secretary of Defense for chemical and biological defense and chemical demilitarization programs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
6. 2007 - 2013, Director, Physics and Electronics Directorate, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va.
7. 2013 - present, Acting Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Director, Basic Science Program Office
AWARDS AND HONORS
1990 Star researcher for the Astronautics Laboratory
1990 - 1992 and 1993 - 1995, Team member, Star team for High Energy Density Matter Program, AFOSR
1991 Engineering and Technical Achievement Award , Phillips Laboratory Science
1992 Selected as National Research Council Research Associateship Program mentor
1993 and 1994 Scientific Achievement Awards
1996 - 1998 Team leader, Star Team for High Energy Density Matter Program, AFOSR
1997 Technical Accomplishment Team Excellence Award
1997 Outstanding Technical Publication Award
1999 Notable Achievement Award
2003 Selected for Excellence in Government Fellows Program
2007 Office of the Secretary of Defense Excellence Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Physical Society
American Chemical Society
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Senior Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government
Acquisition Professional, Level III
(Current as of April 2013)