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    No Detail Too Small: Engineer Recalls Vital Work Following 9/11

    As Dr. Robert Hall walked around the spacious hangar, he came across components and materials used in his more than 40 years of research at the Waterways Experiment Station, the predecessor to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).
  • A call to serve: One Soldier remembers 9/11

    On Sept. 10, 2001, Maj. Jarrod Gillespie, who now serves as deputy chief of contracting at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), was a junior at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He enlisted in the Army Reserves right out of high school, and while he enjoyed being a Soldier, his plan was to graduate from Alcorn State, finish his military service and begin civilian life as a culinary arts student with plans to open his own restaurant. The next day, everything changed.
  • 20 years later, ERDC engineer reflects on 9/11, Pentagon wreckage

    The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, began like most others did for Dr. Paul Mlakar, who was serving at the time as technical director for force projection for the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). On that particular Tuesday, Mlakar was working out of a hotel room near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he had traveled for a seminar that took place the day before. As he sat in his room preparing for a 9 a.m. EST conference call, an unsettling news report came across his muted TV—the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 had struck the north Twin Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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