Education & Certifications


  • PhD., Civil Engineering (1996) – University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
    Dissertation: “Physical Model Studies for Riprap Design of Tow-induced Forces”
  • M.S., Civil Engineering (1988) – Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
    Thesis: “Effects of Geometry on the Kinetic Energy of a Towboat and Barges in a Navigation Lock”
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Cum Laude (1980) – Memphis State University, Memphis, TN


  • Registered Professional Engineer, Tennessee, 1985 to Present
  • Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, ASCE, January 2007 to April 2024
  • Diplomate, Navigation Engineer, Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers, April 2010 to April 2024, inaugural member
  • PIANC USA, World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, Fellow, November 2008 to present, inaugural member

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