Christopher M. McGrath
Chris McGrath worked as a Laboratory Assistant in the Tactile Research Lab at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory from May, 2005 through September of 2005. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1976. From 1976 to 1997 he was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy Supply Corps. During his active service he worked towards an MBA at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, received an M.S. in Management at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, and graduated (with distinction) from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He continued to obtain credits in Post Masterís work in Production Management at Drexel University in Philadelphia PA, and is currently pursuing his Masterís in Psychology at the University of West Florida. During his 21 years in the Supply Corps he served as a financial, procurement, and logistics specialist, and was assigned jobs of increasing complexity and responsibility in the areas of requirements determination, budgeting, purchasing, inventory management, distribution, and IT systems management.
He also served as a Project Manager for several IT systems and logistics programs. He is a Certified Procurement and Contracts Manager (CPCM) by National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), holds DOD Executive Level III Certifications in both Procurement and Contracts Management, as well as Financial Management. He is a trained ISO 9000 auditor and Baldrige examiner, as well as being a qualified 6 Sigma Specialist. He is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) UWF Pensacola chapter. Just before joining the Tactile Research Lab he worked as a Psychiatric Technician in Behavioral Medicine at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, providing psycho-education and life skills training to patients in the Adult Stress and Psychiatric Acute Care Units.
The Tactile Lab was fortunate to obtain his services during our most recent project, sponsored by the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, in 2005. In that project he was primarily responsible for testing subjects in a number of studies evaluating vibrotactile and visual targeting. He continues to work at NAMRL on other projects, including his own thesis work under the direction of individuals both at NAMRL and at the University of West Florida.
Updated: Jan 06