Subject Matter Expert: Mark R. Knarr, P.E.
Mark R. Knarr, P.E., received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1999, and an MS in Engineering Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 2003. His areas of expertise include water quality, hydrology, environmental law, and minor construction.
Mr. Knarr served as a civil engineering officer in the US Air Force from 2001 – 2009 in various locations such as Qatar, Italy, Germany, and Alaska. His initial duties included environmental compliance and writing environmental assessments. As a graduate student at AFIT, Mr. Knarr’s thesis involved applying multi-objective genetic algorithms to a mathematical model of a groundwater remediation system used to treat perchlorate. Following graduate study at AFIT, he performed project management at the Air Force Center for Engineering & Environment (AFCEE) from 2003 – 2005. During this time, he performed a 9-month special assignment as the Environmental Compliance & Management Program (ECAMP) manager for Headquarters, US Air Forces Europe. Following his AFCEE assignment, he performed a 1-year deployment to Al Udeid Air Base, serving as Chief of Engineering with oversight of minor construction & repair projects, as well as drafting & surveying.
After his tour at Al Udeid, he moved to Aviano Air Base Italy in 2006, where he was Chief of Maintenance Engineering and Chief of Resources. While stationed at Aviano, he also deployed again to Al Udeid Air Base for 6 months, serving as a project manager for the 379th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, responsible for coordinating preparation of facilities built by the Qatari Air Force for occupation by US forces. From 2008- 2009, he served as the Support Officer at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, where he worked directly for the installation commander with oversight responsibilities for power production, contract quality assurance, and emergency response.
Upon separation from the Air Force in September 2009, Mark started his civilian career as a project engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Ft Wainwright, Alaska. In March 2010, he transferred to Heidelberg, Germany, where he currently serves as a garrison master planner for the Master Planning Division, Directorate of Public Works (DPW), US Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg. His primary responsibility is coordination of construction activities and unit relocations that underpin the long-term development of Germersheim Army Depot as the premier logistics center for US Army Europe. He is the DPW representative for participation in design reviews for military construction projects at Germersheim, such the $21 million Central Distribution Facility for the Army Air-Force Exchange Service (AAFES); the $16.5 million Infrastructure Upgrade; and the $11 million Access Control Point.
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