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Engineer Research and Development Center - Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (ERDC-CRREL)

Service or Branch: Army

Location: Hanover, NH


STEM Fields: Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Research, Physics

Who We Are

The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) solves interdisciplinary, strategically important problems of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Army, Department of Defense, and the Nation by advancing and applying science and engineering to complex environments, materials, and processes in all seasons and climates. CRREL maintains unique expertise related to the Earth’s cold regions. CRREL is part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), which has received the award for the Army’s top research and development laboratory for five of the last eight years and for the last three consecutive years – a feat unmatched by any Army laboratory. CRREL provides innovative products and solutions in support of the warfighter, homeland security, environment, infrastructure and civil works water resource management. CRREL is a national resource ready to focus its unique capabilities to solve specific customerdriven problems and conduct innovative, state-of-the-art research.


CRREL research and development spans basic research that extends our fundamental knowledge base, applied engineering and development, and integration of customer specific technologies. The CRREL staff uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve the most difficult environmental physics and cold regions engineering problems through execution of diverse and well-leveraged research efforts. The 110-person technical staff is internationally recognized for its expertise. Forty percent of the staff have doctorates and 45 percent have master’s degrees. Research areas range across seismic, acoustic, and electromagnetic propagation, terrestrial and cryospheric sciences, force projection and sustainment, biogeochemical sciences, geospatial information systems, and water resources. With recognized international expertise, CRREL fosters partnerships across government agencies (federal, state and local), academia and industry with far-reaching national and international impacts.

CRREL has many unique and specialized research facilities. Located at its Hanover, N.H., complex are 24 low-temperature research cold rooms with a temperature range down to -35 degrees Celsius, the 73,000 square foot Ice Engineering Facility, and the 27,000 square foot Frost Effects Research Facility. The Corps of Engineers’ Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems Center of Expertise is located at CRREL, Photos CRREL researchers prepare an area of the Pegasus White Ice Runway to install temperature probes at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (Photo by ERDC) along with the Cold Regions Science and Technology Information Analysis Center. CRREL also has special purpose ice test facilities, low temperature materials laboratories, a research permafrost tunnel in Fox, Alaska, a 133-acre permafrost research site near Fairbanks, Alaska, and a project office in Fairbanks.

Contact Robert.E.Davis@usace.army.mil, Ph.D., Director, CRREL, 603.646.4200