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USAARL

UNITED STATES ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LABORATORY

Year of the PI

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Since 1962, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory scientists and engineers have delivered scientific solutions that save lives and increase performance of Army aviators, airborne Soldiers, and ground Warriors. To commemorate the hard work and dedication of these fine individuals, USAARL recognizes 2022 as the "Year of the Principal Investigator."

Col. Michael Tarpey, USAARL Commander, describes a principal investigator as the individual responsible for the entirety of a research study conducted at USAARL, including the quality of the research with respect to study design and data accuracy. Principal investigators also ensure the safety of volunteer human subjects.

According to Tarpey, USAARL's scientists and engineers are at the heart of research, development, test, and evaluation efforts that generate answers to solve Army aviation and medical problems. "The discoveries of our principal investigators fuel the development of technologies that ensure the Army's premier aviators fly above the best and the Army's medical professionals provide the highest quality of care to Service Members," said Col. Tarpey.

In USAARL's 60th year of serving the Army aviation community with groundbreaking aeromedical research, Col. Tarpey finds it most appropriate to honor USAARL's principal investigators. Therefore, each month in 2022, USAARL will feature one or more principal investigators. Their narratives will highlight significant research accomplishments and a wide variety of contributions to aviation medicine. You will learn that their experience spans decades, their collaborations are world-wide, and their positive impact on the safety, performance, and welfare of the Army aviation and medical communities is noteworthy.


November 2022

Colonel Steve Gaydos

Colonel Steve Gaydos
Col. Steve Gaydos

Col. Steve Gaydos began his Army career in the Aviation Branch graduating as a Reserve Officers' Training Course Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Dayton. Upon completion of Initial Entry Rotary-wing training, he served as both a fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot qualifying as a Senior Aviator while serving in various stateside and overseas assignments.

He received his medical degree from Georgetown University in 2002 completing his initial residency training in emergency medicine. He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2008 followed by a second residency in aerospace medicine. He has served as a physician within a number of clinical, operational, educational and research assignments. He is board certified in emergency medicine, aerospace medicine, and occupational medicine. He has been awarded the Army Medical Department's 'A' Proficiency Designator, as well as the '8Z' medical research skill identifier. His overseas assignments and deployments include Honduras (Joint Task Force-Bravo), Haiti (Operation Uphold Democracy), Japan, Philippines (Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines), United Kingdom (British Army Military Personnel Exchange Program), and Afghanistan (United Kingdom Forces, Operation Herrick 15/19).

Gaydos is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American Academy of Emergency Physicians, and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). He is involved in a number of professional organizations and has authored more than fifty scientific publications, textbook chapters, technical reports, and published abstracts. His aeromedical research disciplines have included spatial disorientation, aircrew protection, operator workload and fatigue, enroute care, moderate altitude hypoxia, and aviation safety.

As part of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory Team, Gaydos noted, "The lab is a really unique place where science and medicine meet operational performance and protection. It's challenging, but it's a real privilege to work alongside such smart and talented people all dedicated to the mission. There is great professional reward when you see your team's hard work translate into actionable change or tangible benefit to the Soldier."


Dr. Michael Wilson

Dr. Michael Wilson
Dr. Michael Wilson

Dr. Michael Wilson has been connected to the Army for his entire life, having been born into an Army family. In 1985, he graduated from flight school as an Army Aviator, beginning an illustrious career that continued after his retirement from active duty in 2003 through his current employment as a research psychologist at the U.S. Amy Aeromedical Research Laboratory.

As an Army Aviator, Wilson served as a Standardization Instructor Pilot and Instrument Flight Examiner in the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and retired as a Master Army Aviator with 3,500 flight hours, and over 1,000 hours in Night Vision Goggles. Along the way, Wilson was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Wilson went on to earn a Master of Science degree in applied psychology and then a PhD in human factors psychology from Clemson University. He began his second career as a research psychologist at USAARL in 2016, where he has conducted research in various areas in support of the future vertical lift program, including mitigating spatial disorientation, color in the rotary-wing cockpit, human factors in the future rotary-wing cockpit and the use of virtual reality for emergency procedure training.

Wilson's current research focuses on safe Army aviation operations in the degraded visual environment, future aircraft displays and decision making. He believes he is well-positioned, with his combination of aviation and research experience, working to, as he puts it, "help our next generation of aviators complete their missions successfully and safely. I am proud of being on the USAARL team embracing this challenge and look forward to continuing this important work in the future."


Past Highlighted PIs

Dr. Adrienne Madison

October 2022

Dr. Adrienne Madison

Dr. Leonard Temme

October 2022

Dr. Leonard Temme

Ms. Rachel Kinsler

September 2022

Ms. Rachel Kinsler

Mr. Tyler Rooks

September 2022

Mr. Tyler Rooks

Dr. Katie Feltman

August 2022

Dr. Katie Feltman

Dr. Amanda Kelley

August 2022

Dr. Amanda Kelley

Mr. JR Stefanson

July 2022

Mr. JR Stefanson

Ms. Katie Logsdon

June 2022

Ms. Katie Logsdon

Mr. Fred Brozoski

May 2022

Mr. Fred Brozoski

Dr. Heath Jones

May 2022

Dr. Heath Jones

Lt. Col. Kara Cave

April 2022

Lt. Col. Kara Cave

Col. Ian Curry

March 2022

Col. Ian Curry

Dr. John S. Crowley

February 2022

Dr. John S. Crowley



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