ECBC named Laboratory of the Year
November 16, 2007
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center was recently named the Army's Laboratory of the Year for 2007 for significant advances made in biological standoff detection.
"The enormous technical ability of ECBC's scientists, engineers and other specialists was the most significant factor in ECBC winning this award this year," said Dr. Joe Corriveau, ECBC acting director for Research and Technology.
ECBC received the Laboratory of the Year designation in the small development laboratory category of the annual award program that evaluates Army laboratories on their accomplishments in research, development, management, and on contributions to the Global War on Terrorism.
"Indeed, advances in algorithm development, technology optimization, and test methodologies at ECBC have allowed scientists to demonstrate for the first time ever the ability for detect-to-warn standoff biological aerosol identification," he said.
Development of an on-the-move surface contamination detection capability based on Raman spectroscopy was nominated as ECBC's technology accomplishment.
This work, which is taking place under the Chemical Biological Radiological Unmanned Ground Reconnaissance Program will allow Warfighters to conduct reconnaissance activities at operational tempo, a capability that has not been possible in the past.
The top ECBC management accomplishment was the successful partnership between the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ECBC in designing and constructing the CBR Sample Receipt Facility. This accomplishment resonated with the Army Laboratory Assessment Group, which is charged with choosing each year's winners, because of the interagency collaboration and project cost savings.
"That we've been able to bring together three very different agencies to collaborate on one mission under one roof is an enormousachievement," said Mr. Jim Zarzycki, technical director, ECBC.
"This makes it possible for law enforcement and military units to coordinate their investigative efforts. By sharing a facility instead of building two, we are being good stewards of the taxpayer's dollars."
The development of a test bed for biological detectors in support of DHS's BioWatch Program was submitted as ECBC's contribution to the Global War on Terrorism. The test bed will provide vital support to the development of the next generation biological detection capability for our homeland.
"Overall, our contributions to the Warfighter in 2006 were significant," said Zarzycki. "I am pleased that the Army Laboratory Assessment Panel agreed.
The scientists, engineers and specialists at ECBC are doing incredible work. This award recognizes and honors that contribution," he said.