VICKSBURG, Miss.- Participants from four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) districts graduated from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center University (ERDC-U) in a ceremony held Sept.16, 2021. The virtual event featured project presentations from the graduates to senior leaders.
Now in its sixth year, ERDC-U pairs USACE division and district representatives with relevant laboratory mentors for six-month research projects. Graduates from this year’s class include: Fort Worth District environmental engineer Eric Lam; Huntington District hydraulic engineer Dana Moses; Jacksonville District hydrologist Ceyda Polatel and St. Louis District hydraulic engineer Cory Tabbert.
Following the ceremony’s opening congratulatory remarks by ERDC Director Dr. David Pittman, ERDC-U program manager Antisa Webb, chief, Office of Research and Technology Transfer (ORTT), Technology, Knowledge and Outreach (TKO) Division, presented framed diplomas to the graduates and certificates of appreciation for the mentors and researchers who guided the selectee’s projects as subject matter experts.
Mentors include ERDC researchers from the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Environmental Laboratory and Geotechnical and Structures Laboratories located on the Vicksburg, Miss., campus.
Webb commended the graduates for helping shape the future of the organization’s technical knowledge-base and for sharing knowledge and experiences to assist their districts, while also building a collaborative partnership with ERDC.
Applications will open in October for the 2022 ERDC-U session for USACE division and district team members. Selectees with be paired with mentors at one or more of ERDC’s seven laboratories to apply and implement technical solutions during this six-month program. ERDC funds the costs of labor or travel with the district covering the other participant’s choice. ERDC’s Human Capital Office serves as co-sponsor of ERDC University. For information on ERDC-U visit: https://wiki.erdc.dren.mil/ERDC_University.