Patrick Carrick

Credentials: B.S. 1978

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  • 1974-1978 – conducted undergraduate research in the Department of Chemistry and employed by the Space Physics Department
  • 1983 – received a Ph.D. from Rice University (Curl) in 1983
  • 1980’s – Before federal service, served as an assistant professor of physics and chemistry at Mississippi State University.


“After 31 years, I have retired from federal government service.  My final position was Chief Scientist, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.  Prior to that, I was the Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA).  I began my federal career as a research scientist at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, where I ultimately became Chief of the Propellants Branch.  I went on to be the Senior Executive Service (SES) Director of the Physics and Electronics Directorate, and ultimately acting Director, of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).”