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Dr. Patrick G. Carrick, a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives, is Chief Scientist, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He serves as the directorate's principal scientific and technical adviser and primary authority for the technical content of the science and technology portfolio. He evaluates the directorates’ entire technical research program to determine its adequacy and efficiency in meeting national, Department of Defense, Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command and AFRL objectives in core technical competency areas. He identifies research gaps and analyzes advancements in a broad variety of scientific fields to provide advice on their impact on laboratory programs and objectives. He recommends new initiatives and adjustments to current programs required to meet current and future Air Force needs.

Dr. Carrick earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from Rice University in 1983 and was an assistant professor of physics at Mississippi State University, and Director of the Shared Laser Facility at the University of Oregon, 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 becoming Chief Scientist of the AFRL Sensors Directorate, Dr. Carrick was Director, Basic Science Program Office, and Acting Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Va. where he guided the management of the entire basic research investment for the Air Force. Dr. Carrick led a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington, Virginia, and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile.  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 - 2014 Acting Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Director, Basic Science Program Office
8. 2014 – present, Chief Scientist, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson, AFB, Ohio

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 Associate ship 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

American Physical Society
American Chemical Society 
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Senior Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government 
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Acquisition Professional, Level III 

(Current as of October 2014)