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Degree:BS Agricultural Engineering
Graduation Year: 1975
Retired. I worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1976 till I retired in 2011. I retired as the Deputy Chief, Engineering and Construction Division of Portland District. I was also the Levee Safety Program Manager and the Alternate Dam Safety Officer at the time of retirement.
How did OSU prepare you for your job?:
My emphasis when I was at OSU was on Soils and Water. The courses worked well for me as I transitioned into the professional work force of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
1975 - 1981 : Agricultural Engineer, Soils Engineering Section, Foundation and Materials Branch
1981 - 1990 : Civil Engineer, Soils Engineering Section, Geotechnical Engineering Branch
1991 - 2006 : Supervisory Civil Engineer and Chief, Geotechnical, Civil and Environmental Design Section, Design Branch
2006 - 2008: Acting Chief, Design Branch
2008 - 2011: Deputy Chief, Engineering and Construction Division My Great Jobs:
1980 - 1983 : Lead Designer/Engineer for numerous Emergency Actions for Sediment Control following the Eruption of Mount St. Helens
1986 - 1989 : Lead Designer and Embankment Engineer for the Toutle River Sediment Control Structure
1992 - 1994 : Lead Technical Person for Mt. Pinatubo Eruption Recovery Actions, Philippines
1996 - 1999 : Lead Technical Person for Hurricane Mitch Recovery Actions Plan, El Salvador
2001 - 2002 : Recalled to Active Duty as Engineer Plans Officer, LTC, CINCPAC
2004 - Deputy District Engineer for Support, Gulf North District, Iraq Late 2005: Debris Cleanup Manager for Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina Spring 2008: Debris Advisory Specialist to US Task Force supporting cleanup in Port De prince, Haiti following the Haiti Earthquake I have many service awards from my time with the Corps of Engineers Advice to Current Students: Enjoy your time at Oregon State. Remember, the basics of engineering can carry you into work you had never thought of while your were at Oregon State. I thought I wanted to design irrigation systems and drainage systems for farms, but look where I ended up.
Favorite Memory from OSU:
Small classes and great professor/student and student/student interactions.