Dr. William Martin has been named director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss. The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with more than 2,000 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual research program exceeding $1 billion. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation. As CHL director, Martin is responsible for theoretical and applied research, development, investigations, and analyses in coastal and hydraulic engineering in both military and civil works. He supervises a work force of approximately 230 employees, more than half of whom are engineers and scientist, and is responsible for management and development of the ERDC Civil Works business area, which encompasses 25 percent of ERDC’s $1 billion annual budget. Martin, a Memphis, Tenn. native, holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, a master’s in civil engineering and an MBA in finance, both from Memphis State University, and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Memphis. He has devoted his talents to ERDC since 1985, when he was hired as a research hydraulic engineer in what was then known as the Hydraulics Laboratory (HL). From there, he moved on to chief of the Estuarine Engineering Branch, HL, acting chief of the Hydro-Science Division, CHL, leader of the Watershed Systems Group, CHL, and, most recently, deputy director of CHL, a position he held for six and a half years. Martin also spent time as a platoon leader for the U.S. Army, a staff engineer for the Directorate of Research and Development at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as a visiting professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Memphis.
He has authored or co-authored more than 40 technical reports, articles and papers covering a variety of water resources topics and has made more than 200 technical presentations to groups around the world. He has also pioneered the development and use of multi-dimensional computer codes and systems to address a wide variety of estuarine and watershed issues and has been a leader in addressing complex groundwater issues on military installations and developing multi-dimensional, physics-based hydrology computer systems.
Martin’s awards and honors include the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Director’s Research and Development Award, the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and the Superior Civilian Service Award.