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Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, May 20 | 8:00 a.m. 

Opening Plenary Panel Session

TMDL Analysis and Modeling State-of-the-Art and State-of-the Practice

  • Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf, Ph.D., Hydrologic Scientist at DHI, Water Resources Department
  • Deva K. Borah, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Engineer at the City of Chesapeake, Department of Public Works
  • Steven C. McCutcheon, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, National Expert and Senior Environmental Engineer at the US EPA (retired), Hydrologic and Environmental Engineering
  • Nigel W.T. Quinn, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI, FiEMSs, Research Group Leader at Berkeley National Laboratory, HydroEcological Engineering Advanced Decision Support
  • Zhonglong Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., PH, Research Professor at Portland State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department  


Thursday, May 21 | 12:15 p.m.

Watershed Management Conference Luncheon

Claudia HoeftClaudia C. Hoeft, P.E., F.ASCE, National Hydraulic Engineer for the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Washington DC

Incorporating Updated Runoff Curve Number Technology into NRCS Directives

In 1991, Claudia started her engineering career with NRCS and served as a hydraulic engineer in Columbia, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Little Rock, Arkansas, prior to taking her current position in 2005. In this position, Claudia oversees and provides critical direction with specific leadership for NRCS policy, technical guidance including handbooks, technology including computer programs, and training materials related to hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of watersheds, floodplains, wetlands, agricultural and urban lands, and streams for NRCS water resource projects. She oversees and coordinates with other NRCS engineering specialists regarding earthen embankment dams constructed through the NRCS Watershed and Flood Prevention Program, and other hydraulic structures constructed with assistance provided to landowners through various NRCS-administered programs.

She authored, co-authored, or served as editor for portions of the NCRS National Engineering Handbook (NEH) on Hydrology and NEH on Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting. Claudia graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology – MS&T) in 1990 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and was inducted into the MS&T Academy of Civil Engineers in 2017. A member of ASCE since a student, Claudia was elevated to a Fellow in 2016. She is an active member of the Watershed Management Technical Committee (WMTC) since 2006, and served ASCE as secretary, vice-chair, and chair of the WMTC from 2010 until 2015. She worked with WMTC and ASCE representatives to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a framework for cooperation between NRCS and ASCE, and a cooperative agreement between NRCS and ASCE to update several chapters of the NRCS National Engineering Handbook on curve number hydrology. Claudia is a registered professional engineer in Indiana and Missouri.

Dr. Richard HawkinsDr. Richard “Pete” Hawkins, P.E., F.ASCE, F.EWRI, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Dr. Hawkins has over 50 years of experience in engineering, hydrology, and natural resources, in education, research, and agency and consulting practice. Recently retired, he taught a variety of courses in general and watershed hydrology, modeling, hydraulics, sediment, water quality, fire science, and statistics. He has published widely in his specialty fields of small watershed hydrology and rainfall-runoff modeling, with accent on land condition impacts. He has taught continuing education courses on Curve Number rainfall-runoff for ASCE and for several local flood control interests. A native of Missouri, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia, with degrees in both Civil Engineering and in Forestry, and received MS and PhD degrees in Watershed Management from Colorado State University. He has also served on the faculties of Colorado State University, SUNY-Syracuse, and Utah State University. At Arizona he was the Chair of the Watershed Resources program for 10 years.

In 2011 was a Visiting Professor with the Warsaw (Poland) University of Life Sciences, and in 2013 at the Universita Degli Studi de Palermo (Italy) Dipartimento Scienze Agrarie e Forestali. He has experience with the US Forest Service, USDA-ARS, the California Department of Water Resources, and the California Division of Soil Conservation. In 1986-87 he served as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist with the USEPA in Corvallis OR. He has received several awards for professional service and scholarship, and has had numerous international and consulting assignments. He has been a member of ASCE’s Watershed Management Committee since 1961. In 2003, Dr. Hawkins received ASCE’s Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award.

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