Omar Esquilín-Mangual, MS, PE
Title: Research Civil Engineer
Affiliated Lab: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)
Length of Employment at ERDC: 11 years
Omar Esquilín-Mangual, MS, PE, a native of Puerto Rico, left his home to pursue a career as a research civil engineer in ERDC’s Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) in 2010. Since then, his efforts have resulted in improved deployable force protection for U.S. forces throughout the world. Esquilin-Mangual is a subject matter expert in the areas of force protection, protective structures design, weapons’ effects on structures, numerical evaluation of dynamic events, blast and ballistic threat mitigation, advanced material applications in protective construction, and reach-back for support to forward deployed forces. As the ERDC principal investigator on Force Protection in the Urban Environment Military Engineering Program, as well as the work unit manager for the Blast Reduction from Urban Material Failure research effort, Esquilin-Mangual has concentrated his research on the development of lightweight modular protective structure solutions and analytical assessment capabilities.