Omar Esquilín-Mangual, MS, PE
Title: Research Civil Engineer
Affiliated Lab: Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL)
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.
ERDC allows me to do what I enjoy the most: research, design, and develop unique solutions to keep our military forces safe.
- 2021 ERDC Award for Outstanding Innovation in Research and Development
- 2020 ERDC R&D Achievement Award for Technical Achievement
- 2020 ERDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer — non Federal
- 2018 Great Minds in STEM: STEM Hero Award
- 2012 Department of the Army Research And Development Achievement Award for Technical Excellence