Three researchers at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg are set to be recognized at the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference in Baltimore, Md. Jonathon Griffin of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) will receive the Modern Day Technology Leader Award and Patricia Sullivan, also of GSL, and Dr. Nicholas Jabari Lee, of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), will be recognized as TrailBlazers.
Griffin, a research civil engineer, earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Memphis. He is currently working on his master’s in the same field at Mississippi State University. He began his ERDC career in 2007 in the Airfields and Pavements Branch.
Sullivan earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Tulane University of Louisiana, a master’s in the same discipline from Mississippi State University and has performed further doctoral study in geotechnical engineering at Louisiana State University. She began her career with ERDC in 1984, as a project manager conducting research to quantify parameters characterizing soil behavior relative to vehicle-terrain interaction and military vehicle performance. She also spent time as assistant technical director for Force Protection Maneuver Support. Sullivan now serves as a research civil engineer and as a strategic assistant to GSL Director Dr. David Pittman. She has authored numerous publications and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems and the American Society of Agronomy. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Department of Advanced Technology and the National Science Foundation Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program Grant at Alcorn State University.
Lee has been a physicist and a researcher on ERDC’s carbon nanotube team since 2007. Prior to accepting this position, he served as a graduate research assistant at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Lee earned a master’s in computer science and a doctorate in physics from LSU.
In a separate item, Dr. Ray Brown, a research civil engineer in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) of the ERDC, has been named the recipient of the Roll of Honor Award from the Asphalt Institute and has also been named to the Hot Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). Brown, a Bruce native, earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. He earned his doctorate also in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. Brown began his ERDC career in 1969 and worked as a civil engineer until 1987, when he left ERDC to teach civil engineering at Auburn University. He moved through the ranks of the Alabama-based school, beginning with assistant professor and moving up to serve as both professor and as director of Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology. He returned to ERDC in 2007 to once again work in asphalt research, and has continued his work with Auburn University as an emeritus professor.