Dr. Ilker Adiguzel, SES

Director, Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Published May 19, 2016

Dr. Ilker Adiguzel is director of the Environmental Laboratory (EL) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. EL provides relevant, value-added technology supporting the environmental mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Nation. The EL’s interdisciplinary staff of over 220 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel plans and executes all phases of the technology development process, from basic research to field implementation to commercialization. Partnering with Federal and State agencies, academia, and the private sector, the EL uses its distinctive technical capabilities to resolve complex, multi-disciplinary environmental sustainability problems. 

Dr. Adiguzel was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2006 and served as Director of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) from 2006 to 2017. Before joining CERL as a federal employee, Dr. Adiguzel was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he conducted infrastructure research and taught a number of courses.

Dr. Adiguzel holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering (water resources) from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and a doctorate in civil engineering (systems/operations research) from the UIUC. He also has had extensive leadership and management training, including the Army Management Staff College Sustaining Base Leadership Program; an executive development assignment at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Pentagon; Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows Program; and Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society Program.

Dr. Adiguzel is a founding associate editor and member of the Editorial Board for the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He served as a member of the ASCE Construction Institute Owners Directorate Executive Committee, Construction Research Council, the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, and the Society of American Military Engineers. His honors include Department of the Army Meritorious Service Medal; Federal Laboratory Consortium, Laboratory Director of the Year; Society of American Military Engineers Technology Advancement Medal; U.S. Green Building Council, Public Sector Leadership Award; University of Illinois, Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Army Engineer Association, the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sustainability Hero Award.