Army Corps Polar Researcher Appointed to USARC

August 8, 2016  |  US Army Corp of Engineers

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 an announcement released by the White House Press Secretary, dated August 4, Richter-Menge was appointed by the President as a member of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.  

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 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 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 received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire, is an integral component of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.   

Headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, ERDC is the premier research and development facility for USACE, with more than 2,100 employees, $1 billion in facilities and an annual research program exceeding $1 billion. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation.