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ERDC appoints new staff members

Kenneth Cook

Kenneth Cook

Kenneth Cook has been named director of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg. Cook spent three months as acting director prior to being named director. He also spent time as chief of the Tri-Service CAD/BIM Technology Center for Facilities, Infrastructure and Environment in ERDC’s Information Technology Laboratory. His work experience prior to joining ERDC includes assistant professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas and staff architect for a variety of firms and organizations, including the Vicksburg District and the Mississippi Valley Division.

Cook earned a bachelor’s in architecture from Mississippi State University and a master’s in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University. He is currently pursuing a master’s in green building from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. He is a past recipient of design awards from Progressive Architecture and The Mississippi Heritage Trust and is a registered architect in Mississippi.

Warren Lorentz

Warren Lorentz

Warren Lorentz has been named chief of the Environmental Processes and Engineering Division at the ERDC Environmental Laboratory. Lorentz earned a bachelor’s in biology from the State University of New York at Oswego and a master’s in environmental sciences, with a concentration in environmental toxicology, from Louisiana State University.

He began his career in the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, where he managed the state’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment Program. He also spent time in a similar role with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Louisiana and Alabama.

In 2008, Lorentz joined the laboratory as chief of the Environmental Risk Assessment Branch, the position he held prior to being name division chief.

He and his wife, Angela Villejoin, have a three-year old daughter.

Elizabeth Ferguson

Elizabeth Ferguson

Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson was recently named technical director of Military Environmental Engineering and Sciences in the ERDC Environmental Laboratory. Ferguson earned a bachelor’s in chemistry and psychology, a master’s in nuclear chemistry and a doctorate in fish physiology and aquatic toxicology, all from the University of Kentucky. She also completed post-doctoral work with the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1999, Ferguson began her work with USACE, as a chemist and ecological risk assessor with the Louisville District. Five years later, she joined the laboratory as chief of the Environmental Processes Division, Risk Assessment Branch and in 2005 she joined the Office of Technical Directors as associate technical director in charge of management, funding and technical direction of military-relevant environmental research at ERDC. Prior to accepting her current position, Ferguson served as acting technical director in the same capacity.

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