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ERDCWERX strengthens capabilities with new team members

ERDCWERX announced three new team members to “further enhance its mission of identifying new partnerships for innovation and commercialization with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.”

In a release Friday, ERDCWERX said three bring over 30 years of marketing, sales and project management expertise to ERDCWERX, which “continues to build a diverse, experienced staff.”

Lori Burke, events manager, brings over 25 years of event planning, sales, marketing and public relations experience to ERDCWERX.

Burke is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing all events, including virtual pitch presentations and technology demonstrations.

Burke is a member of the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Public Relations Association of Mississippi and Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals. She has served as past president of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors as well as the United Way of West Central Mississippi Board of Directors.

Jason Courtney, project manager — innovation, brings a wealth of knowledge in project development, implementation, evaluation and management.

Courtney will manage and work closely with ERDC laboratories to promote new research collaborations, support ongoing partnerships with industry and academic research institutions and accelerate the commercialization of ERDC technologies. He is a member of AUTM, an organization for advancing technology transfer worldwide.

Elyce Curry, special projects coordinator, will manage all aspects of client and guest relations and oversee key special projects and initiatives and coordinate front-of-house operations for ERDCWERX.

Curry is a member of the Mississippi Society of Association Executives and the Good Shepherd Community Center Board of Directors. She has served as a campaign cabinet member of United Way of West Central Mississippi.

“I am excited to continue to build our team with knowledgeable and dedicated individuals such as Lori, Jason, and Elyce,” Paul Sumrall, director of ERDCWERX, said. “Their talent and passion to work in a fast-paced organization with many tech transfer projects will strengthen our capability to advance our mission and impact.”

With the new team members, ERDCWERX, a DEFENSEWERX innovation hub and partnership intermediary of the ERDC, now features a staff of seven, “all devoted to driving technology transfer initiatives and commercialization of ERDC technologies to support the warfighter.”

To learn more about tech challenges and other project opportunities launched in conjunction with the ERDC, visit www.erdcwerx.org.