Rhonda Taylor has been selected as director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reachback Operations Center (UROC), located at the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg. As director, Taylor is charged with ensuring success of the overall operational support to the UROC mission. She will also execute UROC day-to-day operations and facilitate requests for information, training and hardware development, as well as working with budget constraints to provide long- and short-term resources.
Taylor began her ERDC career in 1985, as a physical scientist in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL). After a brief stint with Hilton Systems Inc., she returned to ERDC in 1989 as a research geologist in GSL’s Mobility Systems Division. Her work with tele-engineering began in 1998, when she accepted the position of deputy of the ERDC TeleEngineering Operations Center (TEOC). She served in that role for five years before being named director of the organization, where she remained until the TEOC became the UROC in early 2009. After the creation of the UROC, Taylor was chosen to serve as deputy director, the position she held prior to being named director.
Taylor earned a bachelor’s in geology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Past awards and honors include 2009 ERDC Supervisor of the Year, the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal and the Herbert D. Vogel Award.