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Engineer Research and Development Center - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL)

Service or Branch: Army

Location: Champaign, IL

ERDC-CERL Website

STEM Fields: Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, Physics

The CERL mission is to develop and infuse innovative technologies to provide excellent facilities and realistic training lands for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army and many other customers while also supporting ERDC’s research and development mission in geospatial research and engineering, military engineering, and civil works.

CERL directs its research efforts toward increasing the Army’s ability to more efficiently design, construct, operate and maintain its installations and contingency bases and to ensure environmental quality and safety at a reduced life-cycle cost. Excellent facilities support the Army’s training, readiness, mobilization and sustainability missions. Adequate infrastructure and realistic training lands are critical assets to installations in carrying out their military missions. Efficient contingency bases, which minimize the use of external resources and the generation of waste and enhance relations with local communities, are critical for successful deployments in all situations—from disaster response and humanitarian assistance to stability operations and conflicts. CERL research is focused in six Technical Program Areas: Sustainable Installations; Resilient Facilities and Infrastructure; Durable and Multi-Functional Materials; Installation Decision Support; Urban and Stability Operations; and Military Ranges and Lands.

Current and future projects include: Research on threatened and endangered species, noise propagation physics, nanomaterials, military construction transformation, life cycle model for resilient and sustainable facilities, Net Zero Energy Installations, Molecular Modeling of Carbon Nanotubes, and Regional Modeling of Environmental Futures and Renewable Energy.

CERL is located in Champaign County and is a warm and welcoming community with a dynamic mix of technology, tradition, and culture. As home to the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL community offers many amenities - shopping, restaurants, cultural events, entertainment including an exciting downtown night club scene. At CERL, a candidate would work with world-class scientists and engineers as well as peer groups, as CERL hires about 100 students per year. Here is the website to Champaign County Chamber of Commerce: http://champaigncounty.org/welcome-to-champaign-county/live.aspx

ERDC-CERL employs approximately 350 people, which include architects, bio­ scientists, chemical engineers, chemists, civil engineers, electrical engineers, geographers, industrial and systems engineers, materials scientists/engineers, mechanical engineers, operations research specialists, physicists and general support staff.

In the next 2 to 5 years the STEM disciplines most likely to receive placement at ERDC-CERL include Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architects, Physical Scientist, and Biosciences.