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Dr. Hendrick W. "Henk" Ruck:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Dr. Hendrick W. "Henk" Ruck, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The directorate is a 1,000-person research and development organization with facilities at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Brooks City Base, and the Mesa Research Site, Ariz. The directorate's mission encompasses basic and applied research through advanced development in areas that include training methods; system interface design criteria; physiological, psychological and physical effects of combat environments; individual and team performance; and personnel protection. The technologies under development include those that support aircrew training simulators; life support equipment; crew escape systems; visual and auditory displays; biotechnology; logistics support systems; and computer-aided tools for designing and evaluating crew stations and other human-centered systems.
Dr. Ruck entered the Air Force in 1972 as an ROTC program scholarship graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J. His civilian career began at the U.S. Air Force Occupational Measurement Center in 1975, and since then, he has worked at several laboratories, the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, and the White House. Dr. Ruck began military service with the Air Force Reserve in 1975, and retired in the rank of colonel in 2001. His career includes duty with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, the Armed Forces Staff College, Ballistic Missile Office, and Air Force laboratories. He managed an AFRL division that researched advanced human interfaces, and later worked as the Associate Director for AFRL's plans and programs, where he developed the investment strategy for the lab's $1.4 billion budget.
Dr. Ruck, known for his scientific contributions in the field of industrial and organizational psychology, was appointed an SES in May 1999. He became Director of the Washington office, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Washington, D.C. in 2001. There he was the laboratory's local spokesperson with other services and government agencies, major aerospace companies, universities, and professional societies and research organizations that share common technology goals with the Air Force.
EDUCATION
1970 Bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and physics, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
1972 Master of management science degree, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
1980 Doctor of philosophy degree in industrial and organizational psychology, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
1994 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1995 Air War College, by correspondence
1999 Program for Senior Managers in Government, Harvard University
CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1972 - 1975, behavioral scientist, U.S. Air Force Occupational Measurement Center, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. 1975 - 2001, Air Force Reserve officer
3. 1975 - 1977, section chief, Air Force Occupational Measurement Center, Lackland AFB, Texas
4. 1977 - 1978, research scientist, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, Brooks AFB, Texas
5. 1978 - 1979, senior scientist, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, Brooks AFB, Texas
6. 1979 - 1984, Chief of Job Requirements Research, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, Brooks AFB, Texas
7. 1984 - 1986, Chief Psychologist, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton AFB, Calif.
8. 1986 - 1992, Technical Director, Technical Training Research Division, Brooks AFB, Texas
9. 1992 - 1994, Chief Scientist, Human Resources Directorate, Brooks AFB, Texas
10. 1994 - 1995, Deputy Director, Human Resources Directorate, Brooks AFB, Texas
11. 1995 - 1996, Assistant Director, Armstrong Laboratory, Brooks AFB, Texas
12. 1995 - 1996, Department of Defense representative, Interagency Learning Technology Office, the White House, Washington, D.C.
13. 1996 - 1997, Deputy Director, Human Resources Directorate, Brooks AFB, Texas
14. 1997 - 1997, Co-director, Air Force Research Laboratory Transition Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
15. 1997 - 1999, Chief, Crew System Interface Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
16. 1999 - 2001, Associate Director, Directorate of Plans and Programs, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
17. 2001 - 2003, Director of the Washington office, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Washington, D.C.
18. 2003 - present, Director of the Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AWARDS AND HONORS
Exceptional Civilian Service Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
American Psychological Association
Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists
Society of Psychologists in Management
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
International Military Testing Association
Senior Executives Association
Reserve Officers Association
Aerospace Medicine Association
Former member, Western European Association of Aviation Psychologists
SAFE Association
Psi Chi, Honorary Society for Psychologists

 

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