Committees

If you are a USSD member and are interested in joining or learning more about one of our technical committees, please contact us at info@ussdams.org

 

The USSD Advocacy Committee serves as the clearinghouse to establish the position of USSD for any initiative that supports national, state, and local programs, legislation, and responses to significant events related to dams, levees, and water resources.


Committee Chair

Keith Ferguson

HDR

Vice Chair

Rebecca Ragon

YP Vice Chair

Karl Tingwald

USSD annually honors individuals and organizations through three awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, Award of Excellence in the Constructed Project, and Outstanding Paper Award. A President’s Award is given at the discretion of the President.

USSD scholarships are awarded annually to graduate students enrolled in dam-related programs.


Committee Chair

Christina Stanard McMartin

Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Keeps the membership informed on items of key professional interest and technical activities through the publication of the USSD Newsletter.


Committee Chair

Tara Schenk McFarland

Bureau of Reclamation

Vice Chair

Bruce Rogers

YP Vice Chair

Lan Nguyen

Undertakes special studies, prepares reports and disseminates selected information regarding the use of concrete for dams or corollary topics.


Committee Chair

Jerzy Salamon

Bureau of Reclamation

Vice Chair

Gregory Zamensky

YP Vice Chair

Hillery Venturini

Dedicated to planning the annual USSD conference including developing the theme, identifying the conference host/sponsor, issuing the call for papers, assembling a group of members to review abstracts, developing the technical program, developing the technical workshops and technical tours, and identifying invited speakers and panel members.


Committee Chair

Elena Sossenkina

HDR

Vice Chair

Conrad Ginther

Addresses the role of construction management and construction activities in building and maintaining dams and dam related infrastructure.


Vice Chair

Nick Patch

Coordinates and exchanges information with other persons or groups in the United States and internationally that are interested in the decommissioning of dams.


Committee Chair

Jennifer Bountry

Bureau of Reclamation

Vice Chair

Kevin Schneider

YP Vice Chair

Johnathon Atkins

Promotes all aspects of dam safety and security through study, compilation and interchange of information on legislation, policy, technical developments and actual performance and security requirements of dams and reservoirs; maintains information by states as to the laws relating to safety and security of dams and compiles information on dam safety and security incidents or failures of dams. Develop programs and tools which gather and disseminate dam safety and security information, coordinate and provide dam safety and security training for USSD members, and establish cooperative arrangements and partnerships with other organizations for the purpose of enhancing the dam safety and security of dams within the United States.


Committee Chair

Bob Pike

Bureau of Reclamation

Vice Chair

Jacob Davis

YP Vice Chair

Mohammad Amin Hariri Ardebili

Identifies seismic problems relating to dams, and when there is a need to develop new knowledge, collects and disseminates that information.


Committee Chair

Lelio Mejia

Geosyntec

Vice Chair

Jack Montgomery

YP Vice Chair

Zara Plasencia

Undertakes special studies, prepares reports and collects and disseminates data regarding the use of synthetic and natural materials in the construction of embankment dams.


Committee Chair

Rachael Bisnett

Stantec

Vice Chair

Victor Vasquez

YP Vice Chair

Justin Stoeber

Provides a clearinghouse and reference center for environmental concerns and effects resulting from existing and proposed dams.


Committee Chair

John Osterle

WSP

Vice Chair

Brandan Vavrek

YP Vice Chair

Zach Whitten

Studies the overall engineering and geological aspects of foundations for large dams and their appurtenant structures, as well as the reservoir floor and rim. The impact these aspects have on safe performance of the project are also examined.


Committee Chair

Douglas Boyer

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Vice Chair

Edwin Friend

YP Vice Chair

Dmitri Ivanov

Compiles, analyzes, develops and disseminates information relating to the hydraulics of dams and appurtenant structures. The scope of Committee activities includes water resources projects in the planning, design, construction and operations phases.


Committee Chair

Gregory Paxson

Schnabel Engineering, Inc.

Vice Chair

Keil Neff

YP Vice Chair

Jennifer Gagnon

Coordinates USSD participation in ICOLD Congresses, including recommendations for Congress question topics and selection of USSD papers for publication in Congress Transactions.


Committee Chair

Grady Hillhouse

Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Vice Chair

Arun Parsons

Addresses levee issues, including levee systems, safety and safety programs, risk assessment and management, dam vs. levee concerns, levee security, peer and independent reviews, and other non-technical issues related to levees that are inter-disciplinary.


Committee Chair

Elena Sossenkina

HDR

Vice Chair

Scott Raschke

Maintains an active recruitment program for individual and organizational members, seeking to maintain a broad and balanced membership for all interests.


Compiles, analyzes and publishes information on the monitoring of dams for assuring continuing safe operations.


Committee Chair

Georgette Hlepas

US Army Corps of Engineers

YP Vice Chair

John Hynes

Develops, maintains and communicates programs and tools which gather and disseminate public safety and security best practices for and around dams.


Committee Chair

William Foos

Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Vice Chair

Paul Meeks

YP Vice Chair

Megan Puncke

Promotes design, construction and operation practices to ensure safe tailings dams.


Committee Chair

Amanda Adams

Stantec

Vice Chair

Robert Snow

YP Vice Chair

Benjamin Schmidt

The USSD History Committee shall establish priorities and then perform research and develop documentation of significant historical events, engineers, projects and failure case histories of importance to the USSD membership and broader community of practice for dams, levees, and related hydraulic and hydroelectric facilities within the US and Internationally.


Committee Chair

Richard Wiltshire

Vice Chair

Keith Ferguson

Promotes USSD to the general public, presents a balanced view of dams and assists committees and the Board of Directors with media communications.


Committee Chair

Yulia Zakrevskaya

Stantec Consulting Inc.

Vice Chair

Merry Dang

YP Vice Chair

Micah Smidt

The main role of the USSD Committee on Young Professionals is to increase membership and participation of young professionals, those 35 years of age and under, in USSD.


Committee Chair

Emily Schwartz

Black & Veatch

Vice Chair

Aimee Corn