Department of Defense
High Performance Computing Modernization Program

Dr Will McMahon Dr. Will McMahon
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Information Technology Laboratory
Director, DoD HPC Modernization Program


Dr. Will McMahon is the Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The HPCMP provides the supercomputing capabilities, high-speed network communications, software applications, and high performance computing expertise to the DoD Science and Technology, test and evaluation, and acquisition engineering communities, enabling scientists and engineers to solve the DoD’s most mission-critical challenges.

Prior to joining HPCMP, Dr. McMahon was the Chief of the Engineering Systems and Materials Division (ESMD), Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), ERDC. Dr. McMahon also served as the acting Deputy Director, GSL, and as Chief of the Structural Mechanics Branch, Geosciences and Structures Division, GSL.

Dr. McMahon began his career in 1982 as a researcher in the Structures Laboratory of, what was formerly known as, the Waterways Experiment Station working on problems in military engineering. In his over 30 year career, he has managed research across a wide range of military engineering and civil works technical areas including explosive storage safety, hard target defeat, critical infrastructure protection, risk, and vulnerability analysis, serving customers across the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD, Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies.

Dr. McMahon has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering, both from Mississippi State University. He received his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. McMahon has received numerous awards, the most recent being a 2018 Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2018 and 2015 ERDC Award for Excellence in Operational Support, and a 2014 ERDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity. He has authored and co-authored numerous technical publications.


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