David Pittman (Civil Engineering)
David W. Pittman became the Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in March 2017. As Director, he manages one of the most diverse research organizations in the world—seven laboratories located in four states, with more than 2,100 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and a $1 billion annual program. The center’s research and development supports the Department of Defense and other agencies in military and civilian projects.
Pittman is also the Director of Research and Development and Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In that role, he is responsible for creating policy and performing strategic planning, direction and oversight of R&D for the Corps’ Military and Civil Works programs and for the Warfighter. He advises the Chief of Engineers on matters of science and technology and sets conditions for success in all S&T conducted in the Corps.
Pittman earned his B.S. and Master degrees in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University, and Ph.D. from University of Texas, Austin. He was the recipient of a number of service awards and medals, including the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal, the Presidential Rank Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year, and the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award.