Dr. David J. Gorsich was selected for a Scientific and Professional (ST) position in January 2009 and serves as the Army’s Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems, with a technical specialization in Modeling and Simulation (M&S). His current research interests are vehicle dynamics and structural analysis, vehicle design/optimization, reliability, underbody blast analysis, terrain modeling, spatial statistics, systems engineering methodologies and accreditation/validation of simulation methods.
Prior to his current role as the Chief Scientist at the CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center, he served in various positions of progressing responsibility in the center, such as Acting Director for the Strategic Plans and Programs Office, Associate Director for Modeling and Simulation, Team Leader in Robotics and Vehicle Intelligence, among others. He also worked on assignments in Army Materiel Command (AMC), Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition (SARDA) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). In recognition of his service, he was awarded several Commander’s Coins and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2003.
Dr Gorsich is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and serves on the SAE Board of Directors, and Standards, and is Associate Editor for several highly respected technical journals, such as American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, International Journal of Terramechanics, and International Journal for Reliability and Safety. He has published extensively with more than 150 conference and journal articles, including more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Transactions of SAE, International Journal of Vehicle Design, Journal of Mechanical Design, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Contemporary Mathematics, Physical Review, among others. He recently co-authored a book called “The TARDEC Story: Sixty-five Years of Innovation” which traces the evolution of innovation in TARDEC to its current position as the center of excellence for ground vehicle development and integration in the U.S. Army.
He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000, his M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from George Washington University in 1994 and his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 1990.