Dr. Jerry Ballard of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg has been selected to lead the Computational Science and Engineering Division in ERDC’s Information Technology Laboratory. Ballard’s selection was announced Jan. 8 by ITL Director Dr. Reed Mosher.
Since 2009, Ballard has been the associate technical director for military engineering, force projection and maneuver support within ERDC’s Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory. Since beginning his ERDC career in 1986 as a contract student, Ballard’s years of research covered a variety of topics, including the physics of remote sensing, geospatial modeling and analysis of natural resources systems, scene simulation and scene synthesis, geospatial accuracy assessment, terrestrial thermal modeling, geospatial environmental characterization, longwave thermal infrared spectral properties of soil, and smart weapons modeling and simulation. In addition, Ballard worked as a research computer scientist in ERDC’s Environmental Laboratory from 1989 through 2009.
Ballard holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in mathematics from Mississippi College, along with a doctorate in computational engineering from Mississippi State University. He has garnered significant recognition for his work, including the U.S. Army ERDC Vogel Award in 2013, Army Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards, the Army Research and Development Award and the ERDC Director’s Research and Development Award twice, among others. Ballard was a Service to America finalist in 2008. He is also a member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers and Sigma Xi.
Ballard lives in Vicksburg with his wife and two children. He serves as a mentor for the ERDC-sponsored high school robotics team, Team 456. He also volunteers as a science fair judge for the local school district, and is an adjunct professor of mathematics at Mississippi College. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 technical reports, journal articles and conference presentations.
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