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US Army Corps

of Engineers
News Release
Release No. A-06-05 Contact: Jamal Beck
Engineer Research and
Development Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: (703) 428-3736

Topographic Engineering Center • 7701 Telegraph Road • Alexandria, VA 22315-3864 •

October 17, 2007

Cartographer, Veteran Retires after 55 Years of Civil Service

ALEXANDRIA, Va.- Maurits (Max) Roos, a cartographer at the Engineer Research and
Development Center’s Topographic Engineering Center (ERDC-TEC), retired Sept. 25th
after 55 years of government service. Roos received the Meritorious Civilian Service
Award and the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal at his retirement ceremony.

Roos, a native of Bandug, Java, Indonesia, came to the United States in the 1940s.
Before beginning his career in 1958 as a cartographer with ERDC-TEC’s predecessor,
the Engineer Research and Development Laboratories at Ft. Belvoir, Va., Roos served in
the U.S. Air Force, pursued graduate studies in photogrammetry at New York State
College after his discharge, and worked as a cartographic aide at the Aeronautical Chart
and Information Center in Washington, D.C.

Roos made several key contributions to the U.S. Army’s ability to equip Soldiers with a
superior knowledge of the battlefield. In 1971, he received the Army Research and
Development Achievement Award for his development of the Automatic Point Transfer
Instrument, which facilitated precise marking and measurement of terrain photos. He
received a second Achievement Award for development of the Image Digitizing System,
which aided in the conversion of mapping technology in the Dept. of Defense community
from analog- to digital-based technology. Roos also provided significant support to
ERDC-TEC’s environmental program and numerous Army Corps of Engineers districts


creating highly accurate aerial terrain photos using historic imagery. His datasets were
essential in planning the most cost-effective clean-up strategies at many Formerly Used
Defense and Base Realignment and Closure sites throughout the country, saving the
Army and government hundreds of thousands of dollars by accurately locating long-
forgotten hazardous waste sites and caches of unexploded ordnance. "Mr. Roos’
professionalism and technical excellence have repeatedly resulted in significant advances
in photogrammetric technology over his 55 years of government service,” said Robert
Burkhardt, director, Topographic Engineering Center. “Max also exhibited exemplary
leadership, management, administrative and technical skills throughout his career which
contributed significantly to mission accomplishment. The Corps of Engineers will long
remember his outstanding advances in photogrammetry, dedicated work ethic and warm


The Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Topographic Engineering

Center, located in Alexandria, Va., provides the warfighter with superior knowledge of
the battlefield and supports the nation’s civil and environmental initiatives through
research, development, and the application of expertise in the topographic and related
sciences. The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, consisting of six laboratories and one center at four geographical
sites with more than 2,000 employees and an annual research program approaching
$850 million. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the
Department of Defense and the nation.