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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 perform installation infrastructure and environmental sustainment research and development and provide technical assistance to maintain a trained and ready Army; to set standards in preserving and protecting land, water, and natural and cultural resources on fixed facilities and in contingency basing situations; and to repair, maintain, and rehabilitate Civil Works facilities.

Current and future projects include:
Research on threatened and endangered species, noise propagation physics, research on nanomaterials. Other ongoing research efforts are 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.

There are 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. Within each business area, there are a number of work areas called "thrusts," and specific program initiatives in each thrust are managed within Capability Packages. Each Capability Package represents a number of individual projects with funding leveraged from multiple sources to provide a new, significant capability to the Army or our other customers. CERL conducts research in collaboration with University of Illinois. 2008 US Army - ERDC Army Research Laboratory of the Year. Several researchers have obtained patents for their research.

Champaign County 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://www.champaigncounty.org/live/index.asp

ERDC-CERL employs approximately 350 people, which include 10 architects, 21 bio-scientists, 15 chemical engineers, 11 chemists, 19 civil engineers, 7 electrical engineers, 6 geographers, 6 industrial and systems engineers, 11 materials scientists/engineers, 21 mechanical engineers, 2 operations research specialists, 3 physicists and general support staff. On average, 5 to 10 people are hired each year. 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.