GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 6, 2014) –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District announced the selection of Dr. Edmond Russo Jr., as its new deputy district engineer for programs and project management – the highest attainable civilian position in the district.<br /> <br /> “I’m honored to serve this district and provide leadership that will take delivery of our products and services to the next level of performance for our partners, customers and stakeholders,” said Russo. <br /> <br /> A 21-year veteran of the Corps, Russo succeeds Pete Perez, who was inducted into the Senior Executive Service during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, and will join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division as the director, regional business directorate.<br /> <br /> In his new position, Russo will oversee concept to delivery of projects and services in an area spanning 50,000 square miles of the Texas coast from Louisiana to Mexico, encompassing 16 congressional districts (valued at approximately $350 million) to sustain navigation economics that are vital to the nation, while managing coastal risk reduction, ecosystem restoration, regulatory functions, emergency operations, military construction and international and interagency services mission areas. <br /> <br /> “He is already working with the Galveston team to understand the district, the priorities and the challenges,” said Col. Richard Pannell, USACE Galveston District commander. “Edmond has fantastic credentials and will be able to pick up right where Pete left off as our deputy for Programs and Project Management. We look forward to him joining the team and I know he will continue to serve this organization well in his new role." <br /> <br /> Russo previously served as chief, Ecosystem Evaluation and Engineering Division in the Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), in Vicksburg, Miss., from June 2009 to January 2014. In this role, he supervised and managed product and service delivery to develop and deliver innovative solutions that address complex, high priority Corps dredging problems. <br /> <br /> From 2005 to 2009, Russo held the position of chief, Coastal Engineering Branch, Navigation Division, ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. There he supervised and managed a branch of research scientists and engineers, in coastal, navigation, and dredging engineering research and development for provision of sponsored technical support in water resources project planning and execution. <br /> <br /> Previous to this position, Russo performed engineering and management activities on coastal navigation and ecosystem restoration projects and studies at the USACE New Orleans District from 1992 to 2005. <br /> <br /> A native of New Orleans, he graduated from Louisiana State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a geotechnical engineering emphasis from University of New Orleans in1997. From 2002 to 2005, he completed doctoral course work at Tulane University. Following the closure of Tulane University after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Russo transferred his doctoral studies to Louisiana State University and completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering with a coastal engineering emphasis in 2009.<br /> <br /> A licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana and is a board-certified Diplomate in Coastal Engineering and Navigation Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he is a 1999 graduate of the Army Management Staff College. Additionally, he serves as vice chair and secretary of the Environmental Commission, Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses, which supports international development and distribution of technical information on contemporary topics for sustainable navigation infrastructure management practice. <br /> <br /> With its rich heritage in Texas history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District plays a key role in America’s well-being by keeping waterways open for navigation and commerce and serves the nation as part of the world’s largest public engineering, design and construction management agency.<br /> <br /> For news and information, visit www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.