Russell E. Gingras is the new chief of staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel Md. Gingras serves as chief advisor to the Laboratory's director, Richard T. Roca, and assumes responsibility for many administrative tasks involving Laboratory management, sponsors and university business.
Gingras joined the Applied Physics Laboratory in 1969 after earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He served in the Lab's Fleet Systems Department for 13 years, analyzing the effectiveness of electronic countermeasures against various military systems. In 1982 he became a supervisor in the Lab's Naval Warfare Analysis Department, conducting studies and analyses of advanced system concepts for the Navy..
Gingras became head of APL's Joint Warfare Analysis Department in 1997, serving until this past December. His department was responsible for analyzing future sea, air, space and information systems; he also assisted in APL's strategic planning by assessing the implications of changes in the national security environment. He played a critical role in boosting the capabilities and profile of APL's Warfare Analysis Laboratory, a high-tech, interactive war-gaming facility where military and civilian leaders alike analyze system concepts and advanced technologies in simulated battles, homeland attacks and other scenarios.
Gingras, who also holds master's degrees in electrical engineering and technical management from Johns Hopkins University, is on the executive committee of the National Defense Industrial Association's Strike, Land Attack and Air Defense Division. He lives in Columbia, Md.