Karin M. Jacoby
Spica Consulting, LLC
Karin M. Jacoby is president of Spica Consulting, LLC, in Kansas City, MO, a firm she founded in 2009, focused on flood risk reduction through land, river and stormwater management. She has 25 years of experience in water resources management, much of that in drainage, stormwater, and flood damage reduction, including 14 years with the City of Kansas City, MO as an Assistant City Engineer/Division Manager providing oversight for a $600 million waterways program. Prior to that she worked in the St. Louis area in the private sector as a project manager and design engineer on master planning and drainage studies, transportation, and site development projects. She has served as the Executive Director of the MO-ARC Association since 2001, a regional nonprofit focused on beneficial management of water and related land resources, and is a board member of the National Waterways Conference. Since her appointment in 2008 by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) she has been a member of the congressionally authorized National Committee on Levee Safety. Jacoby received her B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla, her M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and is a registered engineer and licensed attorney.
David I. Maurstad
Optical Solutions and Technologies
David I. Maurstad is a director and senior vice-president with Optimal Solutions and Technologies, Inc. a provider of management consulting, integrated information technology, engineering services, and business process outsourcing in Washington, DC. Mr. Maurstad previously served as director of water policy and planning for a nationally recognized engineering firm specializing in flood mapping and floodplain management. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience with both the private insurance industry and federal, state, and local government. Mr. Maurstad served as assistant administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In June 2004, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to provide leadership for some of the nation’s leading multi-hazard risk reduction programs. In this role he was the federal insurance administrator charged with the overall management of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. He previously served as the director of FEMA Region VIII from 2001 to 2004 coordinating federal, state, tribal, and local management of emergencies through planning, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. A native Nebraskan, he served as Mayor of Beatrice, State Senator and Lieutenant Governor.
He received his B.S. degree in business administration and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska.
Martin W. McCann
Jack R. Benjamin & Associates
Martin W. McCann is the president of Jack R. Benjamin and Associates, Inc., in Menlo Park, California. Dr. McCann also serves as a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. At Stanford, he is the former chairman of the National Performance of Dams Program, which he founded and which has created a national network to report dam safety incidents and archive this information for wide use by the geotechnical and seismic engineering communities. Dr. McCann’s professional background and research have focused on probabilistic hazards analysis, including hydrologic events, risk assessment, reliability and uncertainty analysis, and systems analysis. Dr. McCann has served as a consultant to several government and private sector groups in the U.S. and abroad. He currently also is serving as a member of the NRC Committee on Integrating Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience. Dr. McCann received his B.S. degree from Villanova University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.
Andre D. McDonald
Fort Bend Flood Management Association
Andre D. McDonald is the founder and President of Fort Bend Flood Management Association in Fort Bend County, Texas, a group of seventeen flood management agencies and the consultants that service that industry. He has served as an appointed Board Member of Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District since 2000, and been president of that board since 2004. He has an extensive background in construction primarily with management and operation of heavy civil construction engineering companies. His more than thirty years of experience include the day-to-day management with full profit and loss responsibilities of a heavy civil contracting company. The company was involved with direct construction and commissioning of underground utilities distribution and collection systems, earthwork, paving, and related infrastructure and other intra¬urban development. He has been part of the management and direct field operations of Airport construction, mass earthworks, industrial plant construction, wastewater treatment plant construction, modernization of oil refineries and grass roots LNG facilities. Mr. McDonald studied engineering and business administration at Mississippi State University.
Earthea A. Nance
University of New Orleans
Earthea A. Nance is an assistant professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Nance has over 18 years of experience in the areas of environmental planning and management, hazard mitigation, sustainable urban development, environmental remediation, water, wastewater, hazardous waste, and alternative energy. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Nance served as a Ford Foundation loaned-executive to the City of New Orleans, where she directed the city’s hazard mitigation, environmental, and alternative energy divisions and authored the city’s sustainability strategy. She is a consultant to the RAND Corporation on policy adaptation to climate change in New Orleans and advises the US EPA Science Advisory Board as a member of their environmental engineering committee. She also serves as a consultant to local environmental groups trying to understand the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Her research has examined the impacts of disasters on social and ecological diversity, the development of executive education in resilience and risk management, community-based environmental monitoring in Gulf Coast communities, and participatory water and sanitation systems in developing countries. Dr. Nance received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California-Davis and her Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.
Kenneth W. Potter
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Kenneth W. Potter is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Potter’s areas of research include hydrologic modeling and design, estimation of hydrologic risk and hydrologic budgets, aquatic ecosystem restoration, and water quality assessment and remediation. Dr. Potter has been a AAAS fellow, a fellow of the AGU, and a Woodrow Wilson fellow. He has extensive NRC committee experience, as well. He currently is study low-impact development alternatives as a means to accommodate population growth without sacrificing environmental quality (e.g. constructing impervious and pervious areas to help maintain natural rates of infiltration and groundwater recharge). He is a former member of the Water Science and Technology Board, chaired the NRC Committee on American River Flood Frequencies, served as vice-chair of the NRC Committee on Flood Control Alternatives in the American River Basin and, most recently, served on the NRC Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects. Dr. Potter received his B.S. degree in geology from Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. degree in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
J. David Rogers
Missouri University of Science and Technology
J. David Rogers is the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Geological Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Dr. Rogers has extensive experience in evaluating the stability of natural slopes, embankments, stream channels, highways and hydraulic structures. He has served as principal investigator for research funded by the NSF, U.S. Geological Survey, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Defense and the California and Missouri Departments of Transportation. Dr. Rogers has served on several panels, including the Technical Advisory Committee on Grading Standards for the California Geological Survey, and the Building Codes and Dam Safety Committees of the Association of Engineering Geologists. He recently has been working on development of computerized algorithms for electronic mapping of landslides using Geographical Information Systems, predictions of permanent deformation in seismically-induced landslides, and mapping of geologic hazards. Dr. Rogers received his B.S. degree in earth science and geology at Cal State University, Pomona, his M.S. degree in geological engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. degree in geological and geotechnical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.