Dr. Gordon Cooke

Dr. Gordon Cooke

Director, Research and Strategy

Assistant Professor



Dr. Cooke is a 2000 graduate of the US Military Academy. He served 6 years as a Combat Engineer Officer in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, including a 12 month deployment to Mosul, Iraq. After leaving active duty, Dr. Cooke spent 12 years as a Research Engineer and then Scientist at the US Army Armaments Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC). As a researcher in the Tactical Behavior Research Lab, he led projects investigating the effects of non-lethal weapons on human targets, as well as how soldiers/users interact with weapon systems. Many of the projects in the lab involved the use of simulators as well as the creation and building of their own custom simulation system for the lab. While working at ARDEC, Gordon completed his Masters Degree as well as Certificates in Ordnance Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He was selected for an Army Fellowship by ARDEC and completed his Doctoral work collecting empirical data and modeling the relationship between impact forces and the chance of a person falling to the ground. In 2013 Dr. Cooke became one of the inaugural faculty members for the US Army Armament Graduate School teaching classes such as Statistics, Research Design, and Interior Ballistics. Dr Cooke has received a number of awards, including the US Army Research & Development Achievement Award twice (2013 & 2015), the Military Operations Research Journal Award (2018), the Kurt H. Weil Award for Masters Candidate (2009), and a Best Paper Award at the 26th Army Science Conference (2008). He has presented at conferences throughout the United States and Europe; has authored more than a dozen peer reviewed papers; and written over 50 government technical reports.

Publications & Presentations

Cooke, G. (2018) “The Future Battlefield: Science fiction becomes science fact” Army AL&T, July-September 2018 (p66-67). Available online at: https://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Army-ALT_July-Septe…

Cooke, G.; Ritter, A. (2017) Probability of Causing a Fall by Impact. Proceedings of the 9th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons. Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, Germany. https://www.academia.edu/35640788/PROBABILITY_OF_CAUSING_A_FALL_BY_IMPA…

Cooke, G., Mezzacappa, E.S., Sheridan, C., DeMarco, R., Tevis, K., Short, K., Reid, G., Jaffery, N., and Riedener, J. (2010) Topology and Individual Location of Crowds as Measures of Effectiveness of Non-Lethal Weapons. Proceedings of the 27th Army Science Conference, November 29-December 2, Orlando, FL. https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a633178.pdf

Cooke, G. ; Mezzacappa, E.; Yagrich, K.; Riedener, J (2010). Effects of lasers on driving. 13th Annual Directed Energy Symposium Proceedings, 15-19 November 2010, Directed Energy Professional Society, Bethesda, MD.

Cooke, G.; Mezzacappa, E.; Yagrich, K. (2009) Empirical Data Sets for Agent Based Modeling of Crowd Scenarios (ADA634415). Picatinny Arsenal, NJ: Target Behavioral Response Laboratory.

Cooke, G., Mezzacappa, E., Riedener, J., Short, K., Sheridan, C., VanMeenen, K., Yagrich K. (2007). Effectiveness of light on targeting (TBRL-MCSE-TR-07001/ARQES-TR-08001/AD-E403 156). Picatinny Arsenal, NJ: Target Behavioral Response Laboratory.