BS Agricultural Engineering

Graduation Year: 1975

Current Occupation:

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?

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.