Kurt T. Preston, Ph.D., Esq.,
V.P. Finance & Administration

Dr. Kurt T. Preston is Chief of the Army Research Office's Environmental Science Division. As such he leads the Environmental Science, Basic Research Program focused on Terrestrial, Atmospheric, and Habitation Science. In addition, he is the Army's program manager for Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) and the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) programs.  Prior to taking this position, he worked in the Pentagon where he planned, programmed, and budgeted key portions of the Army's Environmental Quality Research Program.

Dr. Preston's career is extremely rich and varied in that he has dual tracked his career between both civilian and military positions. Beside his civilian position, he recently retired at the rank of Lieutenant after 20 years of combine active and reserve component duty. Previous assignments include responsibilities both civilian and military in Europe, South America, and the Middle East.  Civilian and military awards and badges include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, 2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, Army Service Ribbon, the Civilian Commanders Award and the Civilian Superior Service Award. He was recognized as the Federal Environmental Engineer of the Year for his work in Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia in 1997.

Dr. Preston grew up in Georgia, attended the University of Georgia under a ROTC scholarship, acted as collegian intern to Senator Sam Nunn, and holds an undergraduate degree in soil science. He was a David Ross Fellow at Purdue University where he received a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering.  Academic affiliations include Tau Beta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi. As the 2006-2008 President of the Research Triangle Park Chapter of Sigma Xi, he initiated an ongoing professional lecture series, now in its third year, called The Science Café, in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He was recently admitted to the North Carolina Bar after completion of four years of legal training in Washington, DC and North Carolina.

He may be reached at info@csrf.org.

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