USARIEM Leadership

Colonel Sean S. O'Neil

COL Sean S. O'Neil
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

COL Sean S. O'Neil is a 1995 Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Economics. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University, a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Ph.D. from George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.

His previous assignments include: Treatment Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Charlie Company, 115th Forward Support Company, and Executive Officer, HHC Division Support Command, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Division Medical Materiel Officer, Stabilization Forces, Bosnia; Chief of Logistics, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Natick, Massachusetts; Deputy S-4, 62nd Medical Brigade and Commander, 520th Area Support Medical Company, Fort Lewis, Washington with deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait; Special Assistant to the Chief of the Medical Service Corps; Deputy Director for Medical Logistics Systems, Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG), Falls Church, Virginia; Medical Liaison to the 401st Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) to oversee the retrograde of medical materiel from Operation Iraqi Freedom; Medical Logistics Operations Officer at Headquarters Department of the Army G-4, Pentagon; Deputy Commander for Support, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), Fort Detrick, Maryland; Joint Product Manager (JPM) for CBRNE Analytics and Response Systems, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He also previously served as the Deputy Medical Acquisition Consultant to the Army Surgeon General.

COL O'Neil's military training and education include the U.S. Army Medical Department Basic and Advanced Courses, the Medical Logistics Management Course, the Command and General Staff College, and Senior Service College from the U.S. Navy War College. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, is Level III certified in Program Management and Level II certified in Life Cycle Logistics.

COL O'Neil's awards and decorations include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (silver oak leaf cluster); Army Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster); Army Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters); Joint Meritorious Unit Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NATO Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Expert Field Medical Badge; Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Order of the Green Dragon, and the "9A" proficiency designator.

Dr. Karl E. Friedl

Dr. Karl E. Friedl
Senior Research Scientist Performance Physiology
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

Dr. Karl E. Friedl received B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1979) degrees in zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Ph.D. degree in biology (1984) through the Institute of Environmental Stress in the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Friedl retired from thirty years of active duty service in the Army in 2013, where he had last served as Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Previously, he served as Commander, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM); Director, Army Operational Medicine Research Program; Principal Investigator, USARIEM; and Chief of Physiology and Biostatistics Service, Madigan Army Medical Center.

Dr. Friedl's research has been focused on extending limits of human physiological performance. He has made specific contributions in the areas of endocrine regulation in semi starvation, physiological effects of anabolic steroids, body composition methods and standards, physiological monitoring, and metrics of research return on investment. He has published nearly 200 original articles, book chapters, technical reports, and commentaries, and made over 250 scientific presentations at national and international meetings. He is a co-inventor on an Army patent for a system for remote neuropsychological assessment. He has served as chair of numerous NATO and Army panels and committees, and served on program review committees for NASA, National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Wellcome Trust, and university thesis committees in Iceland, Italy, France and Finland. During his Army research management assignments Friedl was responsible for administration of $3.5 B in appropriated RDT&E funds and organized major initiatives such as the Defense Women's Health Research Program (DWHRP), Technologies for Metabolic Monitoring (TMM), Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness (BHMMR), Gulf War Illnesses research program (GWIRP), and the Army's Parkinson's research program (NETRP).

Dr. Friedl is a Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco. He also currently serves as Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

This year he was recognized with a Professional Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He has been recognized with national awards from both the Parkinson's Action Network (Udall Award) and the Alzheimer's Association (Ronald and Nancy Reagan Award) for his advocacy of "dual use" research that has helped to advance research for the Soldiers as well as serving the needs of neurodegenerative disease patients. He has also received a Founder's Award from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the Diabetes Research Leadership Award from the Diabetes Technology Society, the Society of Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Scientists (SAFMLS) Outstanding Research and Development Scientist Award, the French National Order of Merit (Chevalier), the Legion of Merit (2nd Oakleaf Cluster), and the Order of Military Medical Merit.

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