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Situational Leadership Bios


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Situational Leadership Bios

  1. 1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Merdith W. B. (Bo) Temple Acting Commanding General Acting Chief of EngineersMajor General Merdith W. B. (Bo) Temple assumed duties as the Acting Chief of Engineers and ActingCommanding General on 17 June 2011. As such, he is in command of the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers, which has over 36,000 employees, and manages an over $40 billion annual program. Healso remains as the Deputy Commanding General and Deputy Chief of Engineers.Major General Temple’s previous assignment was as the Deputy Commanding General of Civil andEmergency Operations (DCG-CEO) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As the Nation’s primaryplanner, designer, builder, and operator of flood control, navigation, environmental restoration, andmulti-purpose water resource projects, he managed the Army’s $10 billion annual Civil Works Program.Additionally, he was responsible for the federal emergency flood fighting effort, recovery operations, andemergency engineering and public works support in response to natural or manmade disasters. As theDCG-CEO, Major General Temple served as the President of the U.S. Section of the InternationalNavigation Association (PIANC), President of the Corps’ Coastal Engineering Research Board, andExecutive Director of the Inland Waterways User Board.Prior to serving as the DCG-CEO, Major General Temple was the Deputy Commanding General of Militaryand International Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he was responsible for policy,program, and technical functions in the execution of over $20 billion of design, construction, andenvironmental programs for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies and foreign countries.Before coming to Headquarters, Major General Temple served as Commander of the North AtlanticDivision for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other previous assignments include duty as the TheaterEngineer (C7), Combined Joint Task Force Seven, Baghdad, Iraq and Commander of the Corps’Transatlantic Programs Center in Winchester, Virginia. He also served as the Assistant Chief of Staff,Operations (G3), XVIII Airborne Corps and commanded both the 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) (AirborneCorps) and the 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.Major General Temple has also served as a Platoon Leader in the 44th Engineer Battalion, Korea and in the548th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy), Ft. Bragg; and served on the staff of U.S. Army Europe & 7thArmy, Germany. He commanded A/307th and later served on the 307th Engineer Battalion staff in SaudiArabia, during the Persian Gulf War. Major General Temple served at the NATO Headquarters in Turkey,with the U.S. Army Personnel Command Center in Virginia, and as a Reserve Component advisor with theReadiness Group in Denver, Colorado.Major General Temple, a Virginia native, was commissioned in the Engineer Branch in 1975. He earned abachelors degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a Masters degree in civilengineering from Texas A&M University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and GeneralStaff College and the U.S. Army War College, and is a registered professional engineer in theCommonwealth of Virginia.Major General Temple’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit (two oak leaf clusters), the BronzeStar Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army MeritoriousService Medal (six oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal(four oak leaf clusters), the Army Superior Unit Award, and the Master Parachutist Badge. BUILDING STRONG® U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – HEADQUARTERS
  2. 2. BiographyNirmala KrishnanThe Boeing CompanyManager, IT Engineering SystemsEngineering, Operations & TechnologyNirmala Krishnan is a manager responsible for supporting Aerodynamics Performance Softwarefor all Commercial Airplane models including 787 and 747-8 product development. She is partof Engineering Systems in Information Technology of the Engineering Operations & TechnologyDivision of The Boeing Company, Everett, WA. She is a member of the Engineering Systemsworkforce planning strategy team that contributes to the people strategy and employeeengagement plan for employees within the Engineering Systems discipline.She manages a team of engineers and information technologists in developing andimplementing Flight Software that is used by pilots all over the world for operations of BoeingCommercial airplanes. She also manages a team that is responsible for supporting AirplanePerformance Guarantees software that is used by Boeing Commercial airplanes Sales&Marketing organization for the potential sale of the new airplanes.In her earlier assignment at Boeing, Krishnan was a senior manager in Platform Systems andSub Systems Technology under Boeing Research & Technology. She was responsible forTechnology development in Component Assurance & Standardization, Autonomous systems
  3. 3. and Sensors Applications in Vehicle Management Systems. In this capacity she oversaw theResearch & Development in key technology areas with a multi-million dollar budget.Before this she was a first line manager supporting the 747-8 Product Derivative Program in theReliability, Maintainability & Testability (RM&T) Engineering organization. The mission ofReliability & Maintainability Engineering is to aim for 100% reliable and maintainable airplanesin service. She managed a team of around 25 engineers who worked with design engineers invarious systems and volume Teams in improving the schedule reliability and reducingmaintenance cost by incorporating design enhancements that will improve the overall reliabilityand maintainability at the Airplane Level.Krishnan’s earlier management positions included serving as Digitally Controlled Airplaneconfiguration/Manufacturing Resource Management (DCAC/MRM) Production Manager inShared Services Group (SSG), Systems Functional Test Application Manager and as PassengerServices IPT leader in Connexion by Boeing. Krishnan is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers and has presented manypapers at the SWE conferences. She has also been one of the judges for the Boeing Team TechCompetition for several years. Her paper on “Women Leadership in the New Millennium” wonthe best paper award in 2000. She is an Alumni Board Member of the University of WashingtonBusiness School and hosted the Information session on MBA programs at Boeing in Everett in2008. Krishnan served on the Boeing Associate Technical Fellow / Technical Fellow RegionalSelection Board in 2006 and 2008. She was awarded the American Society of Engineers ofIndian Origin (ASEI) “Corporate Engineering Excellence” award in November 2010.Krishnan has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Physics from University Of Madras.In addition she has a Master of Software Engineering from Seattle University. She also receivedan MBA in Technology. Management from University of Washington and an MBA from CityUniversity, Bellevue, WA in Information Systems
  4. 4. Lakeshia Neerhof is the Counter Rocket, Artillery and  Mortar (C‐RAM) Contractor Manning (CCM) Force  Readiness Deputy in Huntsville, Alabama.  In this role, she  is responsible for the force generation, administrative  readiness, deployment and sustainment of hundreds of  contractor personnel who support Force Protection  Operations.    She began her career at Northrop Grumman in 2006 as  the Integrated Platform Solutions (IPS) Materials  Manager, where she supported the integration efforts of  multiple command and control projects by leading the  team that managed over $30M in inventoried equipment.   Lakeshia was a core member of the 2007 Missions Systems Sector Systems Application and Products (SAP) implementation, which led to her appointment as the IPS SAP Manager and Site Champion.  In this role, she developed business processes and translated organizational requirements into deployed functionality within SAP. She also served as the Production Lead for Distributed Common Ground System‐Army (DCGS‐A), an Army Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system.  In 2008, she became the Deputy Product Manager for Command Post Platform Light (CPP‐L), a modular mobile Command, Control, Communication and Computer System (C4S), where she led the material acquisition and integration efforts.  In 2009, Lakeshia was assigned to the role of Product Manager for Harbormaster Command and Control Center (HCCC), which provides command and control capability to monitor the movement of maritime vessels. Lakeshia is a 2010 Women of Color Technology Rising Star recipient.  She is a US Army Veteran, having proudly served her country as a Satellite Communications Operator.  Lakeshia is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Professional Property Administrator (CPPA).  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.