Dr. Jacqueline A. "Jackie" Richter-Menge a polar researcher with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to a key administrative post.In a White House release it was announced that Richter-Menge was appointed by President Obama as a member of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission."I am excited to continue my association with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission in this new capacity, working to develop, promote and support the U.S. Arctic research plan," said Richter-Menge.Richter-Menge, a leader in polar climate physics focusing on research of the Arctic sea ice cover from Alaska to Greenland, serves as a research civil engineer with CRREL, a position she has held since 1981.She has served as an affiliate professor with the Institute of Northern Engineering since 2016, a visiting research scientist at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College since 2015, and as a professional engineer for the State of New Hampshire since 1983. In addition, Richter-Menge has served as Chair of the Science Steering Committee for the SCICEX (U.S. Navy Submarine Scientific Ice Expeditions) Program and as Sea Ice Lead for the NASA's Operation IceBridge Science Team. She earned the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in 1994 and 2012.Richter-Menge earned a bachelor's and master's in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and, in May 2016, she received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.