USSD honors an individual whose lifetime of dedication and achievement has contributed significantly to the dam engineering profession.
This Award recognizes the significant contributions made to the dam community and to society through the construction, remediation or removal of a dam or water resources structure. The Award will honor an individual or team of professionals who meet the challenges of the nation's aging infrastructure in an era of limited financial resources and increasing environmental awareness.
Buchanan Dam Emergency Gate Dewatering System, Lower Colorado River Authority/Owner, Freese and Nichols/Engineers
The USSD President selects this award to recognize a Member who has provided exceptional service to the Society.
Larry D. Stephens
Michael F. Rogers
This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented during each USSD Conference.
Jack Montgomery, Auburn University, Comparison of Two Constitutive Models for Simulating the Effects of Liquefaction on Embankment Dams
Co-author: Sam Abbaszadeh, MWH, now part of Stantec
This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented by a Young Professional during each USSD Conference.
Vojislav Cvijanovic, California Department of Water Resources, Comparison of Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis Methods Used to Simulate Post-Tensioned Anchorage in Concrete
Co-authors: Mark Schultz and Blake Dolve, California Department of Water Resources
This annual award recognizes the outstanding poster presentation during each USSD Conference.
Risk Analysis in a Levee Safety Context: The Upper Wood River Levee Case History, Christopher Redell, USACE
Effects of Compaction on Erodibility Characteristics of Levees due to Overtopping, Ali Tabrizi, Schnabel
Dams are identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan as a Critical Infrastructure. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) notes, “Critical infrastructure owners and operators are uniquely positioned to manage risks to their individual operations and assets, and to determine effective strategies to make them more secure and resilient.” Individual efforts to manage risk are enhanced by a collaborative public-private partnership that operates as a unified national effort, as opposed to a hierarchical, command-and-control structure.
Organizations, specific projects, and individuals have taken the call to lead the Dam industry in establishing public safety and security standards & guidelines, enhancing public safety and security and public safety controls, providing education and raising awareness, and staying situationally aware of changing and evolving threats and increased public safety risks. The Physical, Personnel, Information, and Cyber components of a public safety and security practice are challenging enough for traditional buildings and structures, but their application to Dams presents a unique ability that requires professional artistry that shouldn’t go without recognition.
It is for this purpose that this recognition was established by the Committee on Public Safety and Security for Dams.
Mr. Al Hancock, Xcel Energy.
[Picture above: Left, Mr. William Foos, Chair of the USSD Committee on Public Safety and Security of Dams. Center, Mr. Paul Meeks, President of Worthington Products, sponsor of the award. Right, Mr. Al Hancock, Xcel Energy]
Mr. Al Hancock, Sr. Regulatory Security Specialist, Xcel Energy has been a foundational block for the United States Society on Dams safety and security program for numerous years. His leadership and membership in numerous positions, committees and workgroups has greatly contributed to the safety and security of our nation’s dams, provided for a model “sector” safety and security program that others should emulate.
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