Feb. 19, 2012
Public Affairs Office
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Paul Loechl, Michael Kemme, and Harold Balbach, all of Champaign, received the Award for Excellence in Operational Support from the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. They were lauded for critical operational and technical support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in meeting national mandates associated with Executive Order 13514, which requires government agencies to develop strategic sustainability plans. The team provided major contributions to the Corps’ plan.
Dawn King, Champaign, won the Administrative Support Achievement Award from the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. She was recognized for outstanding contributions as an accountant in CERL’s parent organization, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. She provided excellent assistance to employees on the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System and the funds certification process. King is based in Champaign.
Bruce MacAllister, Mahomet, and Jeffrey Mifflin, Gifford, received the Martha Blake Technical Support Achievement Award from the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. They were cited for major contributions in support of CERL’s blast noise research program, which requires considerable technical skill and attention to detail.
Theresa Kissane, Champaign, was named Research Assistant of the Year at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. She won for her work in replicating the reproductive endocrine system of the fathead minnow using tissue explants in a device that allows for endocrine disruption chemical evaluation, detection, and real-time effects. Her research was presented at the 2011 American Fisheries Society’s Illinois Chapter meeting and the North American Society of Comparative Endocrinology Conference.