SSC-Natick Press ReleaseU.S. Army Soldier Systems
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Public Affairs Office
Date: November 20, 2008
Natick Soldier RDEC scientist
receives Presidential Rank Award
6, it was announced that Dr. Claire C. Gordon, senior
research scientist (biological anthropology), U.S. Army
Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center,
was awarded a 2008 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious
Senior Professionals. (Courtesy photo)
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NATICK, Mass. -- On Oct. 6, it was announced that Dr. Claire C.
Gordon, senior research scientist (biological anthropology), U.S.
Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC),
was awarded a 2008 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior
According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website,
“Each year, the President recognizes and celebrates a small group of
career Senior Executives and senior career employees with the
Presidential Rank Award. Recipients of this prestigious award are
strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results
and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a
relentless commitment to excellence in public service.”
There is a rigorous selection process, OPM notes, with the nominees
being selected by their agency heads, evaluated by boards of private
citizens, and approved by the president.
Gordon’s nomination began at NSRDEC, and then it had to be endorsed
by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
and the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) before going on to the
civilian panel and the president.
Gordon said she wasn’t aware that she had won the award until she
received congratulatory telephone calls from the RDECOM and AMC
“It’s been a privilege to be part of NSRDEC, where Soldier safety
and performance are at the heart of everything we do,” said Gordon,
“and it’s a huge honor to have my work recognized when I consider
the awesome scientific accomplishments and impact of my fellow ST’s
Gordon’s nomination specifically cited her contributions to human
engineering anthropometry including that, “Her research provides the
valid, reliable data for the effective design of military and
civilian equipment and systems,” and, “She was the first to
recognize the critical importance of anthropometric variability
along demographic lines thereby ensuring that women and minority
groups are appropriately and accurately represented.”
The nomination called Gordon a “world leader in biological
applied to product and system development,” and noted that Gordon is
“the authority in the measurement of the human form.”
Gordon has been working at the NSRDEC since 1983.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the
University of Notre Dame (1976), master of arts and doctor of
philosophy degrees in biological anthropology from Northwestern
University (1977, 1982), and a master of science degree in
biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health (1990).
Gordon and her family are residents of Sutton, Mass. She is the
daughter of the late Catherine Tigner Gordon and Dr. Robert E.
Gordon of LaGrange, Ga.
The news release that announced the winners said, “Winners of the
prestigious Presidential Rank Award represent the cream of the crop
within the Federal executive ranks.”