CEE's Drs. Ed Link and Greg Baecher to Deliver Canadian Dam Association Keynote

Press Release

For immediate release March 1, 2010

It was announced today that Professors Lewis E. Link and Gregory B. Baecher will jointly deliver the keynote lecture to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Dam Association in October at Niagara, Ontario. Drs. Link’s and Baecher’s lecture will focus on Recent Lessons Learned About Flood Risk Management. They will dis-cuss experiences as part of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce (IPET) on Katrina, the Delta Risk Management Study in California, and various dam and levee safety projects in the US, Canada, and Europe.

The Canadian Dam Safety Association (CDSA) was founded in 1989 to advance the implementation of practice to ensure the safe operation of dams in Canada. In 1997, the CDSA amalgamated with the Canadian National Committee on Large Dams (CANCOLD) to form the Canadian Dam Association (CDA). The new association provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences in the field of dam safety, public safety and protection of the environment. CDA is concerned with technical, environmental, social, economic, legal, and administrative aspects of dams and their safety.

Drs. Link and Baecher are Professors of Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Department and affiliated with the Center of Excellence in Project Management. Their work deals with risks associated with civil infrastructure, particularly facilities related to water resources management and flood protection. Dr. Link was Director of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce on Katrina for which Engineering News-Record (ENR) presented him its 2006 Award of Excellence. Dr. Baecher was also a member of the IPET team and is currently directing a joint industry research study of spillway systems reliability affiliated with the CDA.

Published April 5, 2010