Edgewood engineer honored for CBRN agent detector work

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's Research and Technology Directorate Daniel Weber was recently named the 2010 Engineer of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Weber is a senior member of the AIAA, the primary professional society for aerospace engineers.

“It was an honor to be recognized by the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AIAA for the design of the five centimeter wind tunnel, not only for myself but for all at ECBC who were involved with this project,” Weber said. “I appreciate of all their help, support and contributions.”

One of Weber’s main accomplishments is the creation of a special wind tunnel to investigate the release of highly toxic, chemical warfare agents. Weber’s wind tunnel represented the key element in an experimental "Agent Fate" Defense Technology Objective sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

One of the unique qualities of Weber’s wind tunnel is its ability to simulate the near ground portion of the atmospheric boundary layer while working under a standard chemical fume hood.

ECBC Director of Research and Technology Joseph Corriveau said he was proud of Weber’s work.

“The wind tunnel he developed for ECBC gave us an effective tool that we've never had before and it enables us to understand the fate of chemical agents in the environment,” Corriveau said. “His work has resulted in more focused material requirements for things such as detectors and decon systems and had real implications in our training and doctrine.”