U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Project Description
Our mission is to solve interdisciplinary, strategically important problems of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Army, DOD, and the Nation by advancing and applying science and engineering to complex environments, materials, and processes in all seasons and climates, with unique core competencies related to the Earth's cold regions.

The history of CRREL goes back to long before its inception in 1961. In the 124 years since Alaska was purchased from Russia, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been involved in cold regions research and development. During World War II, organizations were created which, in 1961, were brought
Groundbreaking ceremony at CRREL.

Summary provided by http://www.crrel.usace.army.mil/crrel/history.html