CRREL Director's Welcome

Dr. JIvan P. Backamn, Director, CRRELThe Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the world’s premier centers for research in the Earth’s cold regions. For more than 60 years, we’ve helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the nation respond to the challenges encountered in some of Earth’s harshest and most austere cold region environments. We have a history of success at both polar regions of the planet, and with our unique cold regions expertise and facilities, we’re charged to ensure the DoD and the nation are prepared to operate in cold, complex and extreme environments.

Headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, and with resources in Alaska, CRREL’s unique and state-of-the-art cold capable research facilities deliver both knowledge and technical solutions across an ever-changing environment. Our mission is to solve interdisciplinary, strategically important problems impacting Warfighters and the nation in cold and complex regions.

Accomplishing our goals would not be possible without our incredible support staff, engineers and scientists, who possess a wide collection of expertise ranging from engineering resources, terrestrial and cryospheric sciences and signature physics, just to name a few. Thank you for learning a little bit about what CRREL does, and I encourage you to discover more of the power of ERDC.