ERDC’s Pittman awarded de Fleury

Published 11:27 pm Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dr. David Pittman, director of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center, has received a top honor — the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.

“It’s a very humbling experience,” Pittman said. “It feels fantastic to be viewed by your peers in that way. It’s a great honor and recognition.”

The de Fleury, given by the U.S. Army Engineer Regimental Association, was created by Congress to honor Francois de Fleury, a French soldier who fought with Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War. There are three levels — bronze, silver and gold — gold being the highest. All three are presented to individuals who have shown significant service and support.

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“Nothing compares to this award,” said Pittman. “I love working to make a difference in the world.”

Pittman, who has been director of ERDC’s GSL since 2005, has served the Engineer Regimental Association for 26 years. As director of the GSL, he leads individuals who are using science and technology to develop protective measures for U.S. troops.

Pittman has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from Mississippi State University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin; all are in civil engineering. He and his wife, Andrea, live in Clinton with their two children, Katarina, 14, and Isabella, 11.

ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with more than 2,500 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities and an annual research program exceeding $1.5 billion. It conducts research in military and civil works for the Department of Defense.