Extreme Precipitation and Dam Safety in a Changing Climate: Instructors

Jeff Lukas
Lukas Climate Research and Consulting, LLC

Jeff Lukas is a climate researcher and consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with water managers and other decision-makers to help them better understand and prepare for risks from weather and climate. He was lead author of the Climate Change in Colorado report for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and co-author of the report, Considering Climate Change in the Estimation of Extreme Precipitation for Dam Safety, part of the Colorado-New Mexico Regional Extreme Precipitation Study (CO-NM REPS). 

Kelly Mahoney
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Physical Sciences Laboratory
Research Meteorologist

Kelly Mahoney is a research meteorologist in NOAA’s Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL)/Hydrometeorology Modeling and Applications Team. Kelly's research background and areas of expertise include extreme precipitation, climate change, and weather forecasting. While her work spans weather and climate timescales, a constant is her focus on research applications and scientific communication. She is passionate about working with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels to better inform water management, forecasting, and emergency preparedness.

Mark Perry, P.E.
State of Colorado, Colorado Dam Safety
Dam Safety Engineer

Mark Perry has 25 years of experience in water resources engineering in the private sector, federal government, and state government.  He had the opportunity to work on the Colorado-New Mexico Regional Extreme Precipitation Study and has since worked on its implementation.  He has developed simplified hydrologic risk methods geared towards state dam safety regulation and continues to work with Colorado State University on a research study to improve extreme flood modeling in the Rocky Mountain region. 

Charles N. Thompson, P.E.
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer
Chief, Dam Safety Bureau

Charles (Chuck) Thompson, P.E., is the chief of the Dam Safety Bureau in the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer.  He has three decades of engineering experience obtained in both the private and public sectors.  Charles has held the position of bureau chief for dam safety since August 2012, where he feels privileged to be able to work with a group of highly skilled and dedicated professionals. He was a co-sponsor of the Colorado-New Mexico Regional Extreme Precipitation Study.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.  

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