Dr. John Cullinane Jr. has been named deputy director at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and, in connection, will become ERDC’s newest member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). He will be located at ERDC’s headquarters in Vicksburg.
Prior to being named to his new position, Cullinane served as a senior science technical manager and spent nine years as the lead technical director for ERDC’s Environmental Quality/Installations business area. He also served as the technical director of Military Environmental Engineering and Science, as well as program manager, a position that saw him directing all aspects of the Army Restoration Research Program.
Cullinane earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in sanitary engineering, both from Mississippi State University. He has a juris doctorate, with distinction, from the Mississippi College School of Law and was admitted to practice law in the State of Mississippi, and has a doctorate in environmental water resources engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Cullinane has authored numerous publications in environmental engineering and has served on multiple federal and academic advisory committees and boards. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Navy and the Department of Justice. Awards for Cullinane include the EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, two Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service awards and two Bronze de Fleury medals.
A retired Army Reserve colonel and former chief of staff of the 412th Engineer Command, he is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College whose military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, where he has served as director, the Mississippi Water Environment Association, where he has served as president and vice president, the Army Engineer Association and the Reserve Officer Association. He is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
In a separate item, Dr. Peggy Brasfeild Wright, assistant director for human capital at the ERDC, has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Bagley College of Engineering. A 25-year veteran of the Corps, Wright began her technical career as a co-op student in 1985. She received her bachelor’s in computer science from Mississippi College in 1986 and went on to earn a master’s in 1992 and a doctorate in 2000, both in computer science, from MSU where she continues to serve as an adjunct professor in the university’s computer science department.
Wright, a Vicksburg native, was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow March 2 in the Hunter Henry Center in Starkville. A social, dinner and a program followed. Wright was one of 10 alumni selected this year for the special honor.