Detroit Arsenal’s Peter Schihl Appointed U.S. Army Senior Research Scientist

Peter Schihl
Peter Schihl // Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center

The U.S. Army has appointed Peter Schihl, a ground vehicle power and mobility (GVPM) expert, as the Army’s GVPM senior research scientist at the U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) at Warren’s Detroit Arsenal. He previously served as a researcher there.

Army senior research scientists serve as general-officer-level Department of the Army Civilians who advise leadership on science and technology matters. Army-wide, there are 42 senior research scientist positions.

“Senior research scientists are specialists in their field but maintain a broad vision in order to guide the Army along its various research paths appropriately,” says Jeffery Langhout, director at GVSC. “Dr. Schihl’s expertise and background makes him the ideal voice to senior leadership and guide for the Army’s power and mobility community.”

Schihl served as a Detroit Arsenal researcher for 28 years, most recently serving as a senior technical leader. He has worked with the Department of Defense, the automotive industry, and heavy-duty industry, the Department of Energy, national labs, and academia.

During the ceremony, Schihl was presented with his flag and lapel pin of the senior professional cadre service. He later shared with the audience his experiences being raised in a large family in a small Michigan farming community, progressing through the lessons he learned as a college basketball player at Oakland University, to the guidance he received during his tenure at the GVSC.

Tony Leonard, Schihl’s father-in-law and mentor, is a 101-year-old World War II veteran with whom Schihl and the audience shared a telephone chat during the ceremony, which coincided with the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Schihl said he was proud to be an American and grandson of immigrants fleeing Nazi persecution.

“We’re always very grateful to be Americans,” says Schihl. “I stand on the shoulders of immigrants who came to these shores fleeing a terrible situation, and a couple of generations later, I stand here ready to serve you and the nation, and I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the honor and opportunity.”

Schihl joins two other U.S. Army senior research scientists at Detroit Arsenal: GVPM’s chief scientist and the U.S. Army’s chief roboticist.

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