Dr. Jay Gowens,
Dr. Jay Gowens was appointed as the Director, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Army's corporate Research and Development laboratory in March 2005.
As the Director, he is responsible for the entirety of the CISD programs which include conducting research for the Army in Computational Science, Computer Science, Communications, and Weather.
The current budget for the Directorate is approximately $155M.
About 310 government employees and another 410 on-site contractors execute this budget.
Dr. Gowens was previously the Chief, Computer and Communications Sciences Division that performs basic and applied research in information systems and networking infrastructure for brigade and below operations.
The research program is focused entirely on the challenge of supporting the individual soldier in small unit operations.
Research activities include the Intelligent Optics Laboratory that is the premier free space optical communications test bed in the world, machine translation systems to provide soldiers with translation capabilities in the field (deployed to Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq), small robots (Packbots) for clearing caves (deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq), and high performance sensor radios and tracking algorithms for sensors (deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq).
Under Dr. Gowens'
leadership, the team was awarded the Hammer award for the Federated Laboratory
, an innovative government program to harvest commercial communications technology for Army applications.
Prior tojoining the government in 1989, Dr. Gowens spent 20 years as a consultant and university faculty member.
At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dr. Gowens was Principal Investigator on an Expert Systems project with U.S. Army Forces Command, Ft. McPherson, GA and Headquarters Department of the Army Artificial Intelligence Center to design and prototype an expert system for mobilizing Army National Guard and Reserve forces in times of emergency.
The system supported faster and more efficient use of resources when mobilizing reserve forces.
As a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Gowens led a project to design and construct a 7-axis robotic arm and workstation to support the daily business operations of a quadriplegic working at the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
The work station enabled the quadriplegic to conduct business as a handicap access administrator.
The workstation was featured on a CNN health and fitness show in 1988 as well as local news broadcasts.
After graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Gowens was commissioned a 2nd LT in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
served in various duty assignments in Germany and Thailand.
Dr. Gowens resigned his commission in February 1968 after returning from Thailand and entered graduate school at Arizona State University where he completed an MBA and a Ph.D.