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A team of researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center assisted the Vicksburg National Military Park in assessing landslides and erosion on the grounds. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Team from the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory was asked to use their expertise in data collection to obtain information on the damage to the park that occurred last month due to unprecedented amounts of rain and heavy downpours.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must continually innovate to solve our nation’s most difficult Civil Works challenges in the most effective, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly manner possible. The latest edition of the Civil Works R&D Value to the Nation book highlights some of the most remarkable projects from engineers and scientists at the Engineer Research and Development Center, as well as across the Corps. Their relentless work is at the leading-edge of discovering, developing and delivering new and creative ways to transform the Civil Works program.
Jim Dowling, a security guard from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, is sprayed with Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol, or “pepper spray,” during a Department of the Army Security Guards Mobile Training Team Train-the-Trainer Course held on the ERDC main campus in Vicksburg, Miss., February 3 - 13, 2020. As part of the course, participants earned their certificates in non-lethal weapons training for pepper spray.
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center-Environmental Laboratory’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems team members Barry Barnett, Kenneth Matheson and Shea Hammond watch the Vapor 55, a UAS that weighs just under 55 pounds and carries both the LiDAR sensor and 42MP camera, as it follows its flight path around the installation.
Nearly 40 Girl Scouts, ranging from 5 to 17 years old, came to ERDC last weekend for an annual Engineering Workshop hosted by the Mississippi River Section of the National Society of Women Engineers. The girls got a chance to check out a mini flume showing wave characteristics, a shaker table simulating earthquakes and sand boxes to demonstrate strengthening foundations. The workshop, which is designed by women in engineering, is a hands-on way to let girls explore careers in STEM.
ERDC Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Michael Harding awards the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal to research civil engineer Alex Baylot of the Information Technology Laboratory in December 2019.
Rick Tillotson, education outreach coordinator for the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, read to second-graders at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School as part of their Community Day during Catholic Schools Week 2020. Tillotson joined several other community leaders from around Vicksburg for the event, which was held on January 27, 2020.
Dr. Al Cofrancesco, a Senior Scientific Technical Manager with the Environmental Laboratory, is retiring after 39 years with USACE! At his retirement celebration last week, ERDC Director Dr. Pittman described Cofrancesco as the epitome of world-class. ERDC Deputy Director Dr. Fleming said that Cofrancesco's ability to build relationships that turned into partnerships had a ripple effect on all of ERDC, saying "there was no relationship challenge he couldn't overcome, and that is such a gift." His celebration was attended by many retirees, including former ERDC deputy director, Dr. John Cullinane, and colleagues from headquarters.

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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center prototypes makeshift hospital rooms
4/8/2020
The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite has made headlines for his plans to construct makeshift hospital rooms across the country as the Nation prepares for...
Career opportunities made Corps a compelling place for Nelson
3/25/2020
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...
A Civil Works titan retires from 40-year research career with the Corps
3/13/2020
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...

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