Dylan Schmorrow, Ph.D.
Captain, Medical Service Corps, US Navy
Captain Schmorrow is a U.S. Naval Officer in the Navy's Medical Service Corps and has been appointed by the Navy Surgeon General as the Specialty Leader of the Aerospace Experimental Psychologist Community. He is also an Acquisition Professional in the Naval Acquisition Corps and is currently serving in the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering as the Acting Director for Human Performance, Training and BioSystems with purview over the defense technology areas of human performance, medical, manmachine systems, training, civil engineering, environmental quality, and chemical and biological defense. Responsibilities include providing technical leadership, management oversight, policy guidance, and coordination for over $2 billion in research and engineering programs in the DoD to ensure that these areas are focused, relevant, and eminently capable of satisfying current and anticipated defense needs. He provides executive and supervisory leadership and authoritative scientific and technical advice to afford future forces the requisite knowledge, science, and technology for critical warfighting capabilities. In this role, he has established collaborations with the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the DoD Services to directly include government, academic and industry researchers in advancing these efforts. Additionally, as the Program Director for the OSD Human Social, Culture, Behavior Modeling Program he leads efforts that enable Warfighters to effectively understand and operate in human/social/culture terrains inherent to non-conventional warfare missions. He also leads international efforts to promote and conduct cooperative scientific research and exchange of technical information through the NATO Research and Technology Organisation and is the U.S. National Representative of The Technical Cooperation Program's (TTCP) Human Resources and Performance (HUM) Group.
Dr. Schmorrow received a commission in the U.S. Navy in 1993, completing naval flight training in April 1994. He initially served at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division as both a branch head of the biomedical support branch and as lead scientist on an acceleration research project officer in the crew systems department. During this time he deployed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in support of "Deny Flight" and "Provide Promise" Operations in the Former Yugoslavia. He then served as both an Assistant Professor and the John G. Jenkins Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School and subsequently as the Chief Scientist for Human-Technology Integration at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). While at NRL he was selected as a Program Manager at DARPA responsible for creating and fostering imaginative, innovative, and high-risk research ideas yielding revolutionary technological advances in biomedical and information science and technology in support of the U.S. military. He then was the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Research where he coordinated actions between the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and tenant commands, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Chief of Naval Operations, as well as intergovernmental agencies and international S&T organizations. Additionally, from 1999 through 2008 he concurrently served as an ONR Program Officer leading medical and human performance S&T programs that transformed promising technologies into operational capabilities; he successfully transitioned numerous prototypes to Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs. Since 2008 he has had DoD-wide oversight responsibilities for DoD Human Systems Technology areas of personnel selection, training, leadership, cognitive sciences, interface design, personnel protection, combat feeding, human systems integration, and human performance. He has authored over fifty scientific publications, lectured internationally in fifteen countries, and edited a dozen professional journals and books. He is a recipient of the Navy's Top Scientists and Engineers Award, as well as both the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons' Sonny Carter Memorial Award for his contributions to improve the health, safety and welfare of military operational forces and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's Leland S. Kollmorgen Spirit of Innovation Award for his contributions to operational neuroscience that led to the founding of the field of Augmented Cognition. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and NATO Medal.