Request a Speaker for Your Classroom

What is the ASDSO Speakers Bureau?

The Speakers Bureau is a project of ASDSO's Committee on Education Outreach (CEO). Its primary aim is to attract university and secondary school students to careers in dam and levee engineering, but it also serves to increase public awareness of benefits and potential risks posed by dams and levees.
Speakers Bureau volunteers share their expertise on topics related to dams and levees. Their presentations are tailored to the audience, and range from a broad overview of dams and dam safety, including career opportunities, to more specific topics, depending on the request.

How can I request a speaker?

ASDSO maintains a standing list of volunteers, who may be contacted directly, and makes every effort to supply speakers on request of groups in all states. For assistance, please contact Brittany Lewis or call 859-550-2788.

How can I volunteer to be a speaker?

ASDSO members may contact Please specify your name, affiliation, location, and special areas of interest or expertise.

What type of support does offer speakers?

ASDSO's Committee on Education Outreach (CEO) has developed a menu of Powerpoint presentations on general issues and career opportunities in dam safety that are available to Speakers Bureau volunteers. ASDSO also provides handouts and other take-aways for students.
Organizations may directly contact speakers on the following list. Please contact ASDSO if no volunteers from your area are listed or for additional assistance. We will make every effort to locate a speaker for your event.



Current Volunteers Available By State


Jim O'Brien, Ph.D., PE
FLO-2D Software, Inc.
Nutrioso, AZ
Tel: (928) 339-1935
Expertise: Dam Safety Evaluation/Inspection, Hydraulics/Hydrology/Hydrodynamics, EAPs, Rehabilitation, Inundation Mapping, Emergency Response, Design


Martin McCann
National Performance of Dams Program
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Stanford University
Palo Alto CA, 94305

Peggy Ann Harding
Turlock Irrigation District
Turlock, CA
Tel: (209) 883-8652


John France, PE, D.WRE
Vice President
Denver, CO
Tel: (303) 740-3812

Debora J. Miller, PE, PhD
Miller Geotechnical Consultants
Fort Collins CO
Tel: (970) 682-2555

Daniel L. Johnson, PE
Golden, CO
(303) 638-1028

Erin Gleason, PE
Civil Engineer
Denver Water
Denver, CO
Tel: (970) 945-5665


D. Thomas Woosley, P.E.
Program Director
GA Department of Natural Resources
Safe Dams Program
Atlanta, GA
Tel: 404/651-8488

Jeffery Powers, P.E.
Principal Engineer
Hazen and Sawyer
2410 Paces Ferry Rd Ste 400
Atlanta, GA 30339
Tel: (678) 313-3473


Peter Nicholson
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 291-6771


Keith Thole
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District, EC-GD
Tel: 314/331-8411
Fax: 314/331-8244 or 314/331-8531


Kenneth E. Smith, PE
Assistant Director
IN Department of Natural Resources
Division of Water
Indianapolis, IN
Phone: 317/232-4224
Fax: 317/233-4579


Jonathan Garton, P.E.
IA Department of Natural Resources
Dam Safety Engineer
502 E 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-5001 US
Tel: (515) 281-6940


Brittany Lewis
Student Outreach Coordinator
Association of State Dam Safety Officials
Lexington, KY
Phone: 859/550-2788 ext 6
Fax: 859/550-2795


Patricia McIlvaine
Project Manager
Topsham, ME
Phone: (207) 725-8721
Preferred topics: Emergency Planning including EAP development and exercise development


Francisco Silva-Tulla, Sc.D., P.E.
Consulting Civil Engineer – GeoEngineering and Environment
Lexington, MA
Phone: (781) 862-1515
Fax: (781) 862-2525


Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, PhD
Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
Tel: 734/764-0057
Fax: 734/764-4292
Interests: Member of the geotechnical group. Engaged in research on the response of levees under extreme load conditions (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes). Committed to outreach activities for young student audiences.


William M. Myers
USACE-WES, Vicksburg, MS (retired)
Vicksburg, MS
Tel: (601) 618-7140


Keith Thole
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District, EC-GD
Tel: 314/331-8411
Fax: 314/331-8244 or 314/331-8531

Jeff Bertel, PE
Project Engineer
Reitz Jens, Inc.
St. Louis, MO
Tel: (314) 993-4132


Jim Gallagher, PE
Chief Engineer
NH Department of Environmental Services
Dam Bureau
Concord, NH
Tel: 603/271-1961
Fax: 603/271-7894

Nancy McGrath
Outreach Coordinator
NH Department of Environmental Services
Dam Bureau
Concord, NH
Tel: 603/271-3406
Fax: 603/271-7894


John H. Moyle, PE
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Dam Safety Section
Trenton, NJ
Tel: 609/984-0859
Fax: 609/984-1908


Nicholas Agnoli
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
New York NY


James Caldwell
Project Manager
EcoEngineering, A Division of The John R. McAdams Company, Inc.
Tel: (919) 361-5000
Interest/expertise: New Dam Design, Dam Rehabilitation Design, Breach Routing Analysis


Mark Ogden
Project Manager
Association of State Dam Safety Officials
Tel: 859-333-3650


Cecil Bearden, PE
Oklahoma Water Resources Board (retired)
Consulting Engineer
Piedmont, OK
Tel: 405/641-8547
Interest/Expertise: Dam Safety Education, Foundations, Hydrology, Embankments


Bill Bingham, PE
Vice President
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
Tel: 717/763-7212 ext.2388
Fax: 717/761-7059
Preferred topics: Dam Safety, RCC Dams, Dam Rehab, Dam Engineering Careers, Emergency Response

Norman Folmar
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Tel: (814) 865-3095

Art Miller, PE
Professor Emeritus
Penn State University
Science Practice Leader
State College, PA
Tel: 814/571-0486
Fax: 814/253-1495


Lyle Bentley
Chief, Dam Safety Program
TN Department of Environment & Conservation
Nashville TN
Tel: 615/532-0154
Fax: 615/532-0503 

Harold Wilhite
Environmental Engineer IV
TN Safe Dams Program
Jackson, TN
Tel: 731/512-1355
Fax: 731/661-628


Matt Lindon, PE
Hydrological Engineer
Loughlin Water Associates
Phone: 435/655-1326
Areas of interest: Dams, Rivers, Western and Utah Water, Colorado River, Skiing, Bikes


Thomas I. Roberts, PE, CFM - Regional Engineer - Dam Safety
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Dam Safety and Floodplain Management
Christiansburg, Virginia
Tel: 540/394-2550 or 888/408-5564
Fax: 540/394- 2551


Meg Galloway
Chief, Dams and Floodplain Section
WI Dept of Natural Resources
Madison, WI
Tel: 608/266-7014
Fax: 608/267-2800

Pete Haug, PE
Water Resources Engineer
Ayres Associates
Eau Claire, WI
Tel: 715/831-7680
Fax 715/831-7500


Michael Hand
Project Engineer
WY State Engineer's Office
Cheyenne, WY
Tel: 307/777-6153
Fax: 307/777-5451
Preferred topics: Dams, Engineering, Leadership, Aviation.
Qualifications: Professional Engineer with 20 years experience in civil works.
Experienced in all aspects of projects, design, construction, regulation, permitting, and operation.
Experienced public speaker. Addressed numerous groups during construction of High Savery Dam from 2001-2004.
Member of Toastmasters International for seven years, earning Distinguished Toastmaster award in 2005


Special thanks to our sustaining members