Sahler joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section
September 8, 2017
Erica Sahler has joined OPP as a program manager in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section. She has experience in all aspects of construction, facilities, and ocean-engineering management.
Prior to coming to NSF, Sahler served 25 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. She was the director of the NAVFAC Expeditionary Programs Office, where she was responsible for the life-cycle management of more than $5 billion-worth of war-fighting equipment for the Navy expeditionary ground forces.
She also served as the director of the U.S. Navy’s Ocean Facilities Program, supporting a cadre of 50 engineer/diving officers responsible for ocean-engineering projects across the globe. During her tour as commanding officer of Underwater Construction Team Two, her unit deployed as part of initial combat operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom, supporting the First Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group. She later worked as the force engineer at Navy Central Command in Manama, Bahrain addressing critical infrastructure issues in support of the U.S. maritime security mission.
She is a registered professional engineer and earned Defense Acquisition Workforce certifications as a contracting officer, program manager and contracting officer's technical representative. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy and her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (ocean-engineering emphasis) from Oregon State University.
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