Director of the National Automotive Center and executive director of technology transfer at the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, located at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren. In this role, Wend initiates and develops collaborative dual use technology programs that involve the U.S. military, industry, and/or academia working together. He has leveraged emerging automotive technologies to improve U.S. military ground vehicle systems and to reduce the cost of vehicle ownership. Wend began his government career in 1979. He has received many honors and awards, including the Secretary of the Army competition in contracting award, the AMC commanderís medal, federal manager of the year, and the Secretary of Transportation award for the first transportation science and technology strategy. Wendís education includes a masterís degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelorís degree from the Detroit Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Department of Defense System Management College and is a member of the Senior Executive Association, the National Contract Management Association, the American Defense Preparedness Association, and the Association of the United States Army.