Dr. Judith M. Vendrzyk

Research Sociologist, ERDC - CERL


Dr. Judith M. Vendrzyk has been employed as a research sociologist by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) – Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) Champaign (CNC Branch), since 2009, where she is currently championing the benefits of taking into account the social, ecological, and technological nexus when developing engineering solutions to human problems, which she describes as “Engineering With Humans.”  She retired from the US Navy as an Unrestricted Line Commander (O-5) in 2007 with 22 years service, the last 4 years of which were in direct support of a sealift logistics command dedicated to the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO).  Her research centers on political sociology, social power analysis, and systems of inequality and privilege.  As a veteran, her focus is always on the needs of the operational warfighter and the American taxpayer.  She holds a B.A. in rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; an M.S. in Systems Management (with concentrations in Transportation Management and Logistics) from the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey CA; a Master’s Certificate in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA; and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focusing on Systems of Inequality and Privilege, specializing in gender.  Additionally, she completed the Defense Resources Management Course at the Defense Resources Management Institute at Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey CA.

Her skills include but are not limited to:

  • Technical report, article, and proposal writing
  • Literature review, including synthesis and analysis
  • Policy analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Construction and administration of surveys
  • Macro- and Micro-level social research
  • Interview research
  • Focus Group research
  • Mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Development of grounded theory
  • Development and testing of conceptual frameworks


Dr. Judith M. Vendrzyk

Research Projects

Understanding the social and economic landscape is important for nature-based projects. Unfortunately, many standard USACE business practices prese......
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