Douglas D. Knapp, P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award for his professional contributions to the Corps of Engineers, his dedication to public service and community outreach, and his overarching enthusiasm for the engineering profession. A dam safety engineer in the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Knapp works with 21 dams in the Columbia River, Willamette River, and Rogue River basins. His duties include leading inspections and assessments, developing budgets for nonroutine items, coordinating with USACE centers of expertise (Modeling, Mapping, and Consequence Center, Risk Management Center, Hydroelectric Design Center) and reducing risk to the public. Prior to that, he was assistant dam-safety program manager in the Seattle District of the USACE, where he assisted in the management of the Seattle District Dam Safety Program, which works to reduce risk at 6 operating projects: Hiram M. Chittenden Lock and Dam, Howard Hanson Dam, Mud Mountain Dam, Chief Joseph Dam, Albeni Falls Dam, and Libby Dam. Among his duties were organizing and documenting regular investigations in accordance with USACE Dam Safety guidelines, providing updates to the Seattle District Dam Safety Committee, requesting and managing funding for dam safety projects, and overseeing design projects and risk reduction measures. Presently ASCE’s Region 8 governor, Knapp spent the last decade as an active member of ASCE’s Seattle Section, where he served as board member, co-chair of the Water Resources Committee, chair of the Committee on Younger Members, president of the Younger Members Forum, member of the Nomination Committee, member of the University Advisory Committee, and co-chair of the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition. Knapp is a graduate of the Washington State University, where he holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering.
Knapp Named ASCE’s Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award
August 14, 2014