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Posted 7/5/2013

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By Ronnie Schelby
Albuquerque District Public Affairs

The 2013 year-long District Tier II Leadership Development Program (LDP) culminated with participants presenting their hard work and research to members of the District’s Corporate Board on June 17. Also present was Donna Robbins, Ph.D., Training and Development Coordinator and Consultant for the team, from the University of New Mexico. The teams presented their year-long research on their District/Corps-focused projects.

Divided into three teams, the content of each project was as varied as the types of projects the District is involved in. All of the projects were relevant and forward-focused.

Team I was first to present. Team members included Denise Saiz, Matthew Tompkins, Bryan Estvanko, and Karen Irving. Their project was titled “Creating a Process for LEED Certification for New Construction for Air Force In-House Design.” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a green building tool that incorporates a building’s entire lifecycle. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. This excellent presentation outlined an implementation plan and training for the purpose of assisting the Corps in achieving higher levels of LEED certification.

Team II followed with a presentation titled “How a Continuity Book will help the Corps of Engineers.” The team consisted of the following District members: Mark Doles, Jesse Kalachman, Corinne O’Hara, and Chris Lannutti. As the team pointed out, this book has a number of excellent benefits: among them, it can help an employee in a new position achieve a smooth transition to quickly “learn the ropes” of the new job. The book can also be utilized to orient new employees, and also to allow current employees to write their own position descriptions. The continuity book continues to be of great importance to the District, especially as the number of retirees continues to increase.

Team III’s presentation was titled: “STEMing the Flood: Dam Engineering and the USACE Albuquerque District.” Team members Ariane Pinson, Michelle Mann and Luis Pulido did an excellent, hands-on presentation by testing different types of materials to determine how long and how well these materials held up against water. STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – is a huge initiative Corps-wide for the purpose of exposing grade school and middle school children to these fields in order to assist them in pursuing their careers in these fields.

Each impressive presentation opened the door for next year’s leadership development team to take these projects to the next level.

The LDP team graduated June 26. Congratulations on a job well done!

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