Mr. Pacuska serves in the capacity of Integration Program Manager on the Research and Technology Integration Team at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Soldier Center (CCDC-SC), and as the Technology and Systems Integration Lead at the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC) at MIT Lincoln Labs. Previously he served as a CCDC-SC Team Leader for Soldier Clothing and Equipment whose team members provided technical and engineering support to multiple Army and government agencies (US Army PEO-SOLDIER, US Army TRADOC, US Army Military Academy at West Point, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support, the US Air Force Clothing Office, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Agency). Prior to this assignment Mr. Pacuska established the role as Thrust Area Manager for Integrated Protection (TAM-IP) in the WARFIGHTER Directorate at CCDC-SC. In this role he worked to establish a portfolio management system in the IP area to ensure alignment of the CCDC-SC research areas with defined Soldier requirements and established POM lines of funding. Mr. Pacuska is an expert in all aspects of Program Management and Systems Engineering including contract management, funding, lifecycle management, test and evaluation, and program documentation.
Mr. Pacuska graduated in 1999 from Tufts University, Medford, MA with a Major in Biochemistry and a Minor in History. After graduation he worked at W.R. Grace, Inc initially performing materials test and evaluation and later development of a biotechnology research facility. In 2010 Mr. Pacuska received a Master’s Degree in Materials System Engineering Management from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). In 2018 he earned his certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Mr. Pacuska is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Innovation Management from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell as well as a certification in textile science from the North Carolina State University.
In addition to engineering Mr. Pacuska holds an instruction certification from the American Canoe Association in Whitewater Kayaking and has worked at several outdoor education schools as a professional instructor. He currently serves as the Paddling Committee Co-Chair for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston Chapter. Finally, Mr. Pacuska has established a recent and persistent infatuation with Obstacle Course Races (OCRs) and in 2018 completed his first Spartan Trifecta.