Thursday, November 21, 2013

U.S. Army ECBC employees nationally acclaimed for expertise and commitment

Researchers earn awards from Penn State University, Federal Consortium Laboratory.

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) is the Nation’s premier, non-medical chemical biological defense organization. ECBC conducts some of the Nation’s most critical chemical and biological defense testing, requiring top researchers and scientists to create solutions to challenging problems. Recently, a few ECBC researchers and scientists were nationally recognized for their commitment to government service and the science community.

Research and Technology Division Chief earns Penn State University Outstanding Science Alumni Award.
Peter Emanuel, BioSciences Division Chief at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center earned the Outstanding Science Award from his alma mater Penn State University, and will be honored in November 2013. This award recognizes alumni who have a record of significant professional achievements in their field, and are outstanding role models for students in the college. The Outstanding Science Award was established by the Board of Directors of the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society at Penn State.

“It’s a great honor to be selected and it provides my wife and me a great opportunity to go back to State College where we met,” said Emanuel, who was one of seven award recipients.

Since graduating from Penn State with his Ph.D in molecular and cell biology in 1994, Emanuel has served as the assistant director for chemical and biological countermeasures within the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President for three years during the Bush and Obama administrations. While there, Emanuel managed the chemical and biological defense and medical countermeasures portfolio and coordinated research-and-development efforts across the federal government.

At ECBC, Emanuel served as a scientific advisor where he developed more than 100 highly specific and sensitive tests for pathogen detection, developed recombinant antibodies using a process called combinatorial phage display, was part of a team that developed and patented a novel biological sampling device, and oversaw bacterial-fermentation production and tissue-culture production of antibodies. Currently, as BioSciences Division Chief, Emanuel is the lead for all biological research, overseeing 100 life scientists and more than 60,000 square feet of laboratories at the premier non-medical research institute for defense science and technology. “We are blessed to be located in an area surrounded by so many highly ranked universities that can feed us the next generation of Chemical Biological defense scientists and engineers,” Emanuel said.

In 2013, Emanuel received the gold Outstanding Supervisor Award Excellence in Federal Career Award from the Baltimore Federal Executive Board.

2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Award for Excellence

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) earned the Mid-Atlantic Regional Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Dr. Shannon Fox and Dr. Adolfo Negron helped support the Project Jack Rabbit: Chemical Release Trials to Improve Modeling, Mitigation, a project that developed critical data necessary to improve the modeling of toxic inhalation hazard chemicals (TIHs) released from accidents or terrorist attacks on chemical storage tanks or railcars. The group transferred technology to four major trade associations representing hundreds of industrial members: the Chlorine Institute (CI), the Ammonia Safety & Training Institute (ASTI), The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The transfer was performed through a variety of outlets including presentations at industry meetings and trainings, distributing data through the Jack Rabbit website and establishing a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA). Dr. Fox CSAC project leader of the Jack Rabbit, conducted the technology transfer through presentations, training materials and was an instructor for industry training magazines. Dr. Negron Deputy Director for CSAC, structured and oversaw the transition process, led the effort to create the CRADA and facilitated intra-agency relationships. The Technology Transfer resulted in lives saved and dollar cost avoidance to industry. Additionally, the transfer has led to improved planning and procedures so that there could be fewer casualties in the event of a chlorine or ammonia release.

The team received their award at a 14 November ceremony.

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