This page provides an overview of the importance of dam safety research and FEMA's efforts in support of that research. It is geared toward general audiences wishing to learn more about the topic of dams and their study. Research is critical to the nation's agenda for dam safety. Research funding under the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) has addressed a cross-section of issues and needs, all in support of ultimately making dams in the United States safer.
Over the past six years, research funds have been allocated to workshops in nine of the priority areas. Based on the workshop findings, research topics have been pursued and several topics have now progressed to products of use to the dam safety community, including technical manuals and guidelines. For future research, it is the goal of the Work Group to expand dam safety research to other institutions and professionals performing research in the field.
For information on the NDSP research program, visit Dam Safety Publications and Other Resources.
National Dam Safety Program Research Workgroup
Sherry L Hunt - – Federal Co-Chair
Hydraulic Engineering Research
Phone: (405) 624-4135 ext. 222
Fax: (405) 624-4136
Michele Lemieux - State Co-Chair
MT Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation
PO Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620-1601
Steve Durgin- Federal Representative
National Design Engineer
Engineering Division ‑ USDA/NRCS
1400 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.W.
P.O. Box 2890, Room 6136
Washington, DC 20013
Office: (202) 720-5858
Fax: (202) 720-0428
Hal Van Aller- State Representative (East)
MDE Dam Safety Division
407 Race Street
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Alan Springett- FEMA Representative
FEMA Region II, Mitigation
Risk Analysis, Risk Assessment Lead
Office: (212) 680- 8557
Cell: (347) 633-4342
David Alexander- DHS Representative
Chief Geospatial Scientist
DHS Science & Technology
Office (202) 254-6447
Cell (202) 550-5946
Michael K. Sharp (GV-T)- USACE Representative
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
Gokhan Inci- FEMA National Dam Safety Representative
400 C St. SW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20472
Cell (202) 436-1721
Dr. Erik J. Malvick, PhD, PE, GE- State Representative (West)
Chief Design Engineering Branch
Division of Safety of Dams
2200 X Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95818
Office (916) 227-4660
Dr. Brian M. Crookston, PhD, PE- Academia Representative
Utah Water Research Laboratory
Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept.
Utah State University
Office (435) 797-0247
Robert H. Dalton, PE- Private Industry Representative
Vasconcelles Engineering Corp.
2417 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
Office (217) 698-3114
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To guide decisions on the funding of specific research projects, the National Dam Safety Review Board developed a five year strategic plan to prioritize research needs in dam safety. The goal in developing the Strategic Plan was to ensure that priority would be given to those projects demonstrating a high degree of collaboration and expertise, and the likelihood of producing products that will contribute to the safety of dams in the United States.