Dr. Gordon W. (Will) McMahon has been named chief of the Engineering Systems and Materials Division in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg.
As chief, McMahon leads four of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory’s eight branches which conduct research across a spectrum of technical areas including materials, pavement, mobility and penetration mechanics. His responsibilities also include leading a diverse multi-disciplinary workforce of 180 and overseeing a budget of more than $70 million.
Before being named Engineering Systems and Materials Division Chief, McMahon served six years as chief of the Structural Mechanics Branch, which is part of the Geosciences and Structures Division in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory. In 2015, he served as acting chief of GSD and as acting deputy director of GSL.
McMahon began his career in 1982 as a researcher in the Structures Laboratory of Waterways Experiment Station, the ERDC’s predecessor, focusing on military engineering challenges. During his career of more than 30 years, McMahon has managed research across a range of military engineering and civil works technical areas, including explosive storage safety, hard-target defeat, critical infrastructure protection and risk and vulnerability analysis.
He and his team have served customers across the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
McMahon holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. He earned his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
McMahon has received numerous awards including a 2015 ERDC Award for Excellence in Operational Support and a 2014 ERDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity. He has authored and co-authored numerous technical publications.