Awards and Recognitions

USSD honors individuals and organizations with the following awards and recognitions:

USSD honors an individual whose lifetime of dedication and achievement has contributed significantly to the dam engineering profession.

2017 Recipient

Ken Hansen

Previous Recipients

2016:
Kim de Rubertis
2015:
Joseph L. Ehasz
2014:
Alan L. O'Neill
2013:
John J. Cassidy
2012:
Eric B. Kollgaard
2011:
Glenn S. Tarbox
2010:
Arthur H. Walz, Jr.
2009:
William B. Bingham
2008:
Ralph Peck
2007:
Richard W. Kramer
2006:
Thomas M. Leps
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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.

2017 Recipients

Buchanan Dam Emergency Gate Dewatering System, Lower Colorado River Authority/Owner, Freese and Nichols/Engineers

Previous Recipients

2016:
Emergency and Carryover Storage Project
2015:
Removal of Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams
2014:
Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
2013:
Deep Creek Watershed Dam 5D Project
2012:
Big Tujunga Dam Seismic Rehabilitation and Spillway Modification Project
2011:
Ridges Basin Dam
2010:
Taum Sauk Upper Reservoir Dam Restoration Project
2009:
Lake Lenexa Dam and Spillway
2008:
Lake Brazos Labyrinth Weir
2007:
Pine Brook Dam
2006:
Saluda Dam Remediation Project
2005:
Guanella Dam and Reservoir Project

The USSD President selects this award to recognize a Member who has provided exceptional service to the Society.

2015 Recipients

Larry D. Stephens

Larry D. Stephens

Michael F. Rogers

Michael F. Rogers

Previous Recipients

2013:
Ronald A. Corso
2011:
John J. Cassidy
2009:
Eric B. Kollgaard
2007:
Constantine G. Tjoumas

This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented during each USSD Conference.

2017 Recipients

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

Previous Recipients

2016:
Douglas D. Boyer and William Allerton, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Implementing a Risk-Informed Approach to Dam Safety in a Regulatory Environment
2015:
Jay Stateler, Bureau of Reclamation
2013:
William R. Swanson, MWH Americas
2012:
Michel Jubran, MWH
2011:
E.F.R. Bollaert, AquaVision Engineering Ltd.
2010:
Lewis E. Hunter and Ronn S. Rose, Corps of Engineers; Bruce R. Hilton and William McCormick, Kleinfelder, Inc.; and Todd Crampton, AMEC Geomatrix, Inc.
2009:
Patrick J. Regan, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
2008:
Gregg A. Scott and Barbara L. Mills-Bria, Bureau of Reclamation
2007:
Alan F. Rauch, Jeffrey S. Dingrando and Thomas Pace, FMSM Engineers; and Robert Van Cleave II and Mark Harris, Corps of Engineers
2006:
Guy S. Lund, URS Corporation
2005:
Ross Boulanger and I. M. Idriss, University of California, Davis

This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented by a Young Professional during each USSD Conference.

2017 Recipients

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

Previous Recipients

2016:
Richard Keizer, GEI Consultants, Inc. for An Empirical Model for Estimating Internal Erosion Critical Gradients for Inclined Exit Face Conditions. The paper was co-authored by John D. Rice, Utah State University; and Robert A. Jaeger, GEI Consultants, Inc.
2015:
Brian Hart, Bureau of Reclamation
2013:
Jack Montgomery, University of California, Davis
2012:
Hillery Venturini, Bureau of Reclamation
2011:
Everett L. Litton and Dennis Hogan, Black & Veatch Corporation
2010:
R.J. Armstrong, California Department of Water Resources. The paper was co-authored by Ross Boulanger, University of California, Davis; and M.H. Beaty, Beaty Engineering.

This annual award recognizes the outstanding poster presentation during each USSD Conference.

2017 Recipients

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

Previous Recipients

2016:
John Werner, James Rutherford, and Joe Groeneveld, Hatch Associates Consultants, Inc.; Kim Pate and Daniel Kirschbaum, Seattle City Light; Keith Moen, HDR; and Justin Arnold, Alden Laboratories Inc. for Boundary Dam Spillway No. 2 Modifications
2015:
Meghann Wygonik, Corps of Engineers
2013:
Mason Ghafghazi, University of California, Davis
2012:
John Ruhl, Black & Veatch Corporation
2011:
B. Dasgupta, D. Basu, K. Das and R. Green, Southwest Research Institute
2010:
E.F.R. Bollaert, AquaVision Engineering Ltd.
2009:
Jay N. Stateler, Bureau of Reclamation; John Anevski and Doug Oellermann, Bureau of Indian Affairs; and Michael Brown, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

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.

2017 Recipients

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.

Previous Recipients

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