Edgewood appoints new technincal director

Joseph Wienand was recently appointed as the technical director of the U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

In his new role, Wienand will be responsible for more than 1,800 people, including soldiers, Department of Army civilians and on-site contractors. The employees will conduct research, engineering and field operations in support of the Department of Defense and other federal agencies working to counter bioterrorist and other CBRNE threats to the United States.

Wienand has previously held positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Chemical Research and Development & Engineering Center. He also served as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University and his master's degree in systems management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Wienand, also an active duty chemical officer, has won several awards while serving the U.S. Army, including the "On the Spot" Reinventing Government Hammer Award from the Vice President's Office and the Federal Executive Institute Director's Award.

Edgewood Chemical Biological Center officials also recently celebrated the first graduating class from the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program at Joppatowne High School in Joppa, Maryland.

The program was initiated two years ago when Edgewood officials recognized the need to increase the workforce experienced in homeland security and emergency preparedness. The local school system and Edgewood officials worked together to create the program.