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Engineer Research and Development Center - Geotechnical and Structures Lab (ERDC-GSL)

Service or Branch: Army

Location: Vicksburg, MS

ERDC-GSL Website

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

We do work in all areas of the fields of geotechnical and structures. We support the civil works mission of the Corps of Engineers by researching ways to improve the infrastructure in terms of levees, dams, etc. In addition, we support the warfighter in areas of projection (airfields and pavements, mobility) and protection of facilities.

Example of current and future projects:
1 - Civil Works: Researching methods for evaluating levees
2 - Military Engineering: Researching materials to improve performance when subjected to dynamic loadings
3- Military Engineering: Researching requirements for operations of military aircraft on contingency airfields


Vicksburg is a diverse business and tourism destination with a prosperous economy. Vicksburg boasts rich southern history, breathtaking architecture, terrific arts and culture, legendary shopping and dining. Where else can you cruise the mighty Mississippi River, enjoy riverboat gaming, tour some of the state's grandest historic homes, museums and explore a National Military Park. Whether it is nature viewing, fishing, hunting, golfing or picnicking you want, Vicksburg offers it all. Warren County, in which Vicksburg is located, lies between three rivers, the Mississippi, the Big Black and the Yazoo. The Southern hardwood bottomlands, and surrounding lakes and woodlands combined with Vicksburg’s position on the Mississippi River Flyway allow for some of the nation’s best birding opportunities including the majesty of bald eagles in flight at Eagle Lake. Here is the website to the city of Vicksburg: http://web.vicksburg.org/vicksburg/default.aspx

ERDC-GSL employees approximately 375 scientists and engineers, of which ~ 65% are civil engineers, 3% are electrical engineers, 15% are materials scientists and engineers, 1% are mathematicians, 10% are mechanical engineers, 3% are operations research specialists and 3% are physicists. GSL hires 15 to 25 new people each year and in the next 2 to 5 years the STEM disciplines of Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are most likely to receive placement. Our organization is renewing. We have a culture of development, we develop our people through education and other opportunities to stretch themselves and grow.