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Pribble receives Army Engineer Association scholarship

Published Sept. 18, 2007

Michael Pribble, a science aide in ERDC-TEC’s Data Signature and Analysis Branch (DSAB), recently received a $1,000 academic scholarship from the Army Engineer Association (AEA) Individual Member Scholarship Program. The scholarship honors deceased Army Engineers and individual AEA members, Maj. Gen. Leif J. Sverddrup, Command Sgt. Maj. Robert W. Elkey and Saul Horowitz. Pribble received the Horowitz Award which is given to a Department of the Army Civilian engineer in grade General Schedule 9 and below.

The AEA is a non-profit organization which supports the USACE family of Soldiers and Civilians, with programs and services not available elsewhere. The association promotes all aspects of Army Engineering in its multiple missions of national defense, nation building and humanitarian support.

For the past two years, Pribble, a junior electrical engineering student at Georgia Tech, has participated in the Student Educational Employment Program (SEEP) Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). SEEP benefits both the ERDC and students. ERDC can bring well-educated graduates into the workforce, while also giving managers the ability to evaluate the student’s performance in real work situations.

SCEP provides work experience which is directly related to the student’s academic program and career goals. SCEP students may be noncompetitively converted to term, career or career-conditional appointment following completion of their academic and work experience requirements. Students can avail themselves of year-round employment and flexible work schedules and assignments. Students in SCEP also gain exposure to public service while enhancing their educational goals and shaping their career choices.

"Mike’s ability to break down a problem and see solutions quickly is a wonderful asset and he was a valuable resource for the summer" said DSAB chief Dr. Robert Mann.

Pribble worked as one of the primary researchers on the development of the cultural mapping project, which combines and displays various types of cultural data from foreign countries. He also was involved with the chemical sensors project, which investigates microsensors capabilities on the battlefield, as well as the Overseas Humanitarian Assistance Shared Information System, which will be used to manage humanitarian assistance projects that are part of the Department of Defense mission worldwide.

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