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USSD honors an individual whose lifetime of dedication and achievement has contributed significantly to the dam engineering profession.
Dr. George W. Annandale, PE
George W Annandale, Inc
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 honors 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.
Boone Dam Internal Remediation Project
|Owner:||Tennessee Valley Authority|
|Contractors:||Barnard Construction Co.
Nicholson Construction Co.
Phillips & Jordan, Inc.
TREVIICOS – Nicholson Joint Venture
To celebrate the exceptional industry-wide contributions of Young Professionals, this award annually recognizes an individual age 35 or under who, through both their career and community involvement, exemplify USSD’s four mission goals: advocate, educate, collaborate and cultivate.
Dr. M. Amin Hariri-Ardebili
University of Colorado, Boulder
The outgoing USSD President selects this bi-annual award to recognize a member who has provided exceptional service to USSD.
Dean Durkee, Gannett Fleming
This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented during each USSD Conference.
Derek S. Kinder, USACE – The Importance of Incorporating All Available Information for Flood Hazard Analysis
This annual award recognizes the outstanding paper presented by a Young Professional during each USSD Conference.
Gergo Arany, Bureau of Reclamation, Concrete Anchor Pullout Test Device: Design, Commissioning, and Project-Specific Testing
This annual award recognizes the outstanding poster presentation during each USSD Conference.
Anurag Singhal, Kevin Gerst and Kenwarjit S. Dosanjh, HDR — Effects of Gate-Wall Interaction on Spillway Tainter Gates
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, Security and Emergency Management for Dams.
Randy White, Southern California Edison