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  • July

    Knauss Fellow, Engineering With Nature initiative a perfect match

    To Samuel Fielding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineering With Nature (EWN) initiative seemed like a perfect fit. As a prospective John A. Knauss Marine Fellow, Fielding was searching for a host organization where he could utilize his interdisciplinary education in economics, international relations and biology. His doctorate research was focused on the economics of coastal adaption and the socioeconomics of coastal hazards within flood insurance markets.
  • June

    Unmanned aerial system training with Hinds Community College a boost to USACE

    It’s not often that someone is credited with advancing an entire program within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), but Jenny Laird, the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) lead for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory (EL), did just that by establishing the USACE UAS training program at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, in conjunction with the ERDC Graduate Institute.
  • May

    ERDC researchers model COVID-19 for the Nation

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – When the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Dr. Brandon Lafferty sleeps these days, he dreams about predictive models. That’s because since mid-March, Lafferty, a researcher from the ERDC Environmental Laboratory, has been helping lead ERDC’s Modelling and Simulation Team develop the ERDC Susceptible Exposed Infected Recovered ⸺ or SEIR ⸺ model for COVID-19, and it’s an intense effort.
  • St. Paul District Biologist Aaron McFarlane selected for Engineer Research and Development Center University program

    Professional networking opportunities stirred U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) St. Paul District Biologist Aaron McFarlane’s interest in applying for the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) University, where he is now participating in a six-month session to expand his environmental expertise.
  • April

    Team successfully tests new unmanned autonomous surface vessel

    Anxious at first about the specter of possible software glitches that would derail the project, the U.S. Army Engineer and Development Center’s Justin Wilkens, a research biologist with the Environmental Laboratory, soon confirmed that everything was functioning well. He and a team of other EL research biologists, including Dr. Guilherme Lotufo and Dr. Mark Ballentine, visited Vieques, an island off the coast of Puerto Rico, for five days in February to demonstrate a new unmanned autonomous surface vessel, or USV.
  • March

    Career opportunities made Corps a compelling place for Nelson

    Looking back on her 35-year career, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Dr. Linda Nelson thinks the opportunities were so plentiful, she couldn’t resist staying with the Corps. The associate technical director for Civil Works, Environmental Engineering and Sciences, wore three hats until she retired, February 28, 2020, serving also as program manager for the Aquatic Nuisance Species Research and the Aquatic Plant Control Research Programs.
  • A Civil Works titan retires from 40-year research career with the Corps

    A noteworthy but humble figure exited the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory for the last time, February 28, 2020. Dr. Alfred Cofrancesco, Jr. retired from his position as senior scientific technical manager and director of the Civil Works environmental research area for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • February

    Uniquely qualified unmanned aircraft systems team completes data collection project

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (Feb. 14, 2020) -- As the installation asset mapping project nears completion, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager Jenny Laird said she feels proud of her team. “This has been a two-year project in the making, and it’s a huge accomplishment for our group, the Environmental Laboratory and the ERDC as a whole to have created a comprehensive map for a 700-acre installation,” Laird said. “That’s a large data collection to take on as our first go-around with this type of application.”
  • Landmark guidelines on natural and nature-based features is an international effort

    Nearly four years ago, a team led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and that now includes 189 scientists, engineers and resource managers from 73 worldwide organizations gathered to begin work on a set of international guidelines for utilizing Natural and Nature-Based Features. Today, the project is nearing completion with the publication of “Guidelines on the Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features for Sustainable Coastal and Fluvial Systems” expected in 2020. The guidelines will provide practitioners with the best available information concerning the conceptualization, planning, design, engineering, construction and maintenance of NNBF to support resilience and flood risk reduction for coasts, bays and estuaries, as well as river and freshwater lake systems.
  • November

    New software and advancements in lifecycle assessment establish limits

    Vicksburg, Miss. ⸺ Customers will likely never know how much research went into the new software called Forecasting Environmental Lifecycle Impacts, or FELCI, that Dr. Michael Mayo, a research physical scientist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center-Environmental Laboratory, helped develop.
  • Researchers receive patent for method to recycle composite material

    VICKSBURG, Miss. ⸺ When Dr. Victor Medina, a research engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory, was designing the Decontamination Effluent Treatment System, he visited his teammates to make a request.
  • August

    Two great minds earn recognition for achievements

    Vicksburg, Miss. – (Aug. 16, 2019) When Dr. Edith Martinez-Guerra, a research environmental engineer
  • Engineering With Nature® initiative captures sustainability award for the Corps

    WASHINGTON, DC (Aug.7, 2019)— When an agency that focuses primarily on developing large
  • Paper describing novel inhalation toxicology research methods attracts attention

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (Aug. 1, 2019) -- When three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers researchers published a
  • July

    Corps researchers discover future co-workers through mentoring

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (July 12, 2019)-- Researchers at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s seven ERDC laboratories have provided some exciting hands-on research opportunities for both teacher and student interns this summer.
  • Dr. Craig Fischenich: a Corps career celebrated

    VICKSBURG, Miss. —The type of guy who eschews a lot of fanfare, Dr. Craig Fischenich, a senior research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, was hoping to end a 33-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by slipping out quietly.
  • June

    Walla Walla District Biologist Walter chosen for ERDC University

    VICKSBURG, Miss. --Traveling 2,243 miles from his district centered in Walla Walla, Washington, Wildlife Biologist Damian Walter arrived at the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center headquarters for his orientation to the outreach program, ERDC University.
  • April

    U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center  celebrates Earth Day 2019

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (April 23, 2019) – From junior high students to researchers and even the Mayor of the City of Vicksburg, a crowd gathered at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center on Tuesday, April 23 to celebrate Earth Day 2019.
  • March

    Using unmanned aircraft systems to map installation assets maximizes efficiency

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (Feb. 26, 2018)--Jenny Laird, Thommy Berry, Kenneth Matheson, Elizabeth Lord and Robby Boyd, all of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory, utilized unmanned aircraft systems to conduct an infrastructure inventory and assessment of the ERDC-Vicksburg installation, part of a collaborative effort with ERDC’s Directorate of Public Works and the Installation Support Division.
  • February

    The Corps shares stormwater best management practices expertise

     VICKSBURG, Miss. -- Dr. W. Andy Martin, chief of the Environmental Engineering Branch and acting

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