Director for Technology
FY23 DOD S&T Budget Priorities
He began his career as a research engineer with the Department of the Army, first in the field of experimental rotorcraft testing and analysis then later as Team Leader and Division Chief for rotorcraft dynamics, structural mechanics, and aeromechanics. His extensive background in science and technology investigation spans more than two decades of fundamental research, advanced technology development and acquisition.
From July 1984 to May 2006, Mr. Singleton was employed by the Army Aviation Systems Command and the Army Research Laboratory Vehicle Technology Directorate located at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. During this time, Mr. Singleton was primarily responsible for experimental and analytical research exploring new technologies and designs for advanced rotor performance, reducing rotor vibrations, and measurement and prediction of rotor aeromechanical stability for both conventional helicopters as well as tiltrotor configurations. From May 2006 to January 2011, Mr. Singleton held several positions within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research and Technology when he was selected as the Director for Basic Research. In May 2010 to January 2011, he was temporarily appointed to the Senior Executive Service as acting Director for Research and Laboratory Management for the Army directing laboratory management policy for all Army laboratories, research, development and engineering centers – including the Army’s Basic and Applied Research programs spanning 12 basic research disciplines and 14 technology areas at the Army Research Laboratory, Army Research Institute, and the Army Corps of Engineers. From January 2015 to May 2015 was again temporarily assigned to the Senior Executive Service as the acting Executive Director for Technology for the Army, establishing policy and providing executive level oversight for the Army’s Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development programs executed across five major Army commands with a combined annual budget of more than $1.7B.
Mr. Singleton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1984. He also earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988, specializing in rotorcraft aeroelasticity.
Mr. Singleton is a recipient of the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, the Army Research Laboratory Honorary Award for Leadership and the American Helicopter Society International Howard Hughes Award as team leader for the Army/NASA/Bell Quad Tiltrotor Aeroelastic Test Team given in recognition of an outstanding improvement in fundamental helicopter technology. Mr. Singleton has authored more than 70 journal articles, scientific conference publications and invited presentations.