ASDSO's Scholarship Program

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) was founded in 1984 with these stated goals:

•  To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences on dam safety issues.
•  To foster interstate and inter-governmental cooperation in dam safety.
•  To provide information and assistance to state dam safety programs and to the ASDSO membership.
•  To provide a representation of state interests before Congress and federal agencies responsible for dam safety.
•  To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state dam safety programs.

Recognizing that one of the keys to the achievement of these goals is the development of well-trained technical persons with an interest in one of the many scientific fields related to dam safety, ASDSO established its Dam Safety Scholarship Program in 1992.

The application period for the 2022-2023 Undergraduate Scholarship is now closed. The recipient will be announced in July 2022. The application period for the 2023-2024 Undergraduate Scholarship will open in early 2023.


2021-2022 Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

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University of California, Irvine

Aiden Ganapathy is an incoming fourth-year civil engineering student at the University of California, Irvine. Aiden is a motivated student who sees education and knowledge as a tool to improve the world. 

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote learning saw Aiden moving back to his hometown of Sacramento, California. Upon returning, he briefly interned for Placer County Public Works before assuming his current role as an engineering student assistant with the California Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). In a trainee capacity, Aiden assists the Division’s Design and Re-evaluation branches with structural and inundation modeling reviews. He has also contributed to the Division’s efficiency by automating tasks for the Annual Fee Program. Outside of work, Aiden serves as chapter president of Engineers Without Borders at UCI and volunteers with the California Water Environment Association as a webmaster.

In the coming years, Aiden looks forward to broadening his dam safety experience and specializing in related topics in graduate school. His interest in climate change and its potential implications with resource scarcity drive his future education and career choices.

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