Michigan Failures/Pandemic – Impacts to the ASDSO Peer Review Process: Instructors

William B. Bingham 
Dam Safety Consultant 

Bill has more than 55 years of experience, specializing in engineering for dams. He was a partner and the national practice leader for dam engineering at Gannett Fleming when he retired in December 2016 after more than 50 years with that firm. He is experienced in studies, designs, cost estimates, specifications, construction management, program management, training, and public meetings. He has authored more than 20 technical papers and articles. He has led the design of more than 250 new dams and major rehabilitations including Olivenhain Dam in San Diego, Gilboa Dam in New York, Loch Raven Dam in Maryland, and Penn Forest and Siegrist Dams in Pennsylvania. Bill has served on peer review teams for 28 state dam safety programs, the Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Tennessee Valley Authority, BC Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, Seattle City Light, and Seattle Public Utilities. He served as the chair of the ASDSO Peer Review Program from its inception in 1989 through 2011 and remains on the Peer Review Committee. Bill received the 1994 and 2012 President's Award from ASDSO. He was also selected by Engineering News-Record as one of the top 25 newsmakers in the construction industry for 1996. Bill was appointed to the National Dam Safety Review Board by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Bill served on the board of directors of the United States Society on Dams and was elected USSD president in 2001.

Robert H. Dalton, P.E.  
Veenstra & Kimm, Inc.
Civil Engineer 

Bob received his BSCE from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in 1970. He worked for the Illinois Office of Water Resources and for Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. with more than 46 years in the design, inspection, and regulation of dams. Bob was involved in the preparation of Illinois’ dam safety regulations and guidelines and assisted in the development of the TADS modules. Furthermore, Bob served on the ASDSO Executive Committee, Advisory Committee, Peer Review Committee, FEMA’s National Dam Safety Review Board, and its Research Work Group. 

Dr. Dennis R. Dickey
Dam Safety Consultant 

Dennis Dickey’s professional experience includes over 45 years in hydrologic, hydraulic, and dam safety engineering. He previously managed Pennsylvania’s Dam Safety Program, serving as Pennsylvania’s state representative to ASDSO and on the ASDSO Board of Directors. He has been active in ASDSO’s Nominating, Awards, Training, Dam Owner Outreach, and Peer Review Committees. He was a team member of the peer review of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Dam Safety Program; has been a five-time member of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Dam Safety Program Independent Review Panel, including serving as team lead; and served as ASDSO’s team lead of a joint endeavor with an ISO Assessment contractor conducting a detailed management assessment of CA DWR’s Dam Safety Program practices, using both the ISO 55001:2014 Asset Management Standard and the ASDSO Peer Review Program as frameworks. Mr. Dickey served as team lead for the ODSP Audit of CA DWR’s Dam Safety Program, co-lead of the ODSP Audit of Grant County Public Utility District in the state of Washington, and a Gannett Fleming auditor of the Turlock Irrigation District ODSP.

Kenneth E. Smith 
Indiana Department of Natural Resources 
Interim Director – Division of Water

Kenneth has extensive knowledge in civil/water resource engineering and leadership of public, nonprofit, and volunteer organizations, with 44 years of applicable experience. He currently leads the division's Resources Management, Floodplain Management, and Compliance/Projects branches (which includes the Dam and Levee Safety Section). He is a past-president of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). He has served in all officer positions, completed multiple terms as a board member, and served on several ASDSO committees, including the Peer Review, Dam Owner Outreach, and Safety at Dams committees. He also served on the National Dam Safety Board of Review, an advisory group for FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Valparaiso University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Butler University. He is a registered professional engineer in Indiana.

Luke Trumble 
Dam Safety Unit, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)
Unit Supervisor

Luke is a Michigan native and a graduate of Michigan State University. He has worked in Michigan's dam safety program for the past eleven years and was recently promoted to supervisor of the program in February 2021.  Prior to joining the state dam safety program, Luke spent 4 years in consulting as a design engineer and project manager. He was onsite prior to, during, and following the May 19, 2020, Edenville and Sanford Dam failure events.

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