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Vicksburg Researcher Advances Career

Published June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012

Release No: 12-12

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Dr. Ty Wamsley was recently appointed chief of the Flood and Storm Protection Division, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss.  Dr. Jeffery Holland, ERDC director, made the announcement May 22.

Wamsley has been chief of the CHL Coastal Processes Branch since 2005, where he led numerous research efforts in the areas of coastal hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphology change.

"Our nation faces many infrastructure and water resources challenges.  I look forward to my new role with the world-class team of engineers and scientists at the ERDC who are conducting the research and development necessary to meet these challenges, making the world safer and better," he said.

Wamsley’s experience includes serving as the hydrodynamic modeling team leader for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Project and the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Project.  He recently served in the Louisiana Coastal Area Science and Technology Office as senior program manager and expert consultant to USACE in the area of coastal restoration and hurricane protection.  Wamsley has authored numerous publications on a variety of topics, including storm surge and waves, wave transmission and long-term and storm induced shoreline responses.

Wamsley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, a master’s in ocean engineering from Texas A&M and a doctorate in water resources engineering from Lund University in Sweden.

Wamsley and his wife, Lisa, live in Vicksburg with their three children, where he’s active in several ministries at Crawford Street United Methodist Church.

The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for USACE, with more than 2,500 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual research program exceeding $1.5 billion. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation.


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