Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC)
Service or Branch: Army
Location: Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
STEM Fields: Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Information Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, PhysicsThe U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) is the primary Department of Defense technical organization for non-medical chemical and biological defense. Mission - Be the Nation’s premier provider of innovative chemical and biological solutions. Vision - Provider of world-class solutions. ECBC possesses an unrivaled chemical biological research and development infrastructure with scientists, engineers, technicians and specialists located at four different sites in the United States: Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Pine Bluff, Ark., Rock Island, Ill., and Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. ECBC has a unique role in technology development that cannot be duplicated by private industry or research universities. It fosters research, development, testing, and application of technologies for protecting warfighters, first responders and the nation from chemical and biological warfare agents. ECBC is currently developing better ways to remotely detect these chemical and biological materials – before the warfighter or first responder ever enters the threat zone. The Center is staffed by a highly-trained, multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and specialists. With its talented workforce and unique infrastructure, ECBC is a national asset. In its laboratories, testing chambers, fabrication facilities, and materiel management systems, ECBC utilizes the most advanced technology, equipment, and environmental controls. ECBC’s infrastructure incorporates nearly two million square feet of laboratory, chamber, and engineering space. As a full life-cycle support organization, ECBC couples basic science with engineering and field support to put new tools in theater faster. ECBC provides a full range of chemical surety and biological materiel management services and supports homeland security initiatives through training and technical assistance programs. ECBC is also dedicated to ensuring its breakthroughs and expertise is transitioned to other government agencies, private industry, and allies throughout the world. For a century, ECBC has met our nation’s needs in times of war and peace. Today, ECBC continues to serve the military and our homeland defenders, and is evolving with the world’s challenges to remain the definitive source of non-medical CB defense technology.