New Honorary ASDSO Member: Bruce A. Tschantz
Since its formation in 1984, ASDSO
has honored a select few individuals by naming them Honorary Members.Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, is the eleventh ASDSO member so recognized.
After 37 years as a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Tschantz
retired in 2002.Since then, he
has continued to teach, to learn, and to contribute his
time and talents to the mission of dam safety.Dr. Tschantz
was instrumental in the development of both the National Dam Safety Program and ASDSO
.From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Tschantz
coordinated the executive office review of federal agency dam safety procedures, which in 1979 resulted in new federal guidelines for dam safety. In 1980, on a one-year leave from the University of Tennessee, he developed FEMA's Federal Office of Dam Safety and served as its first Chief.During this time, he also chaired the Federal Interagency Committee on Dam Safety and served on the ICODS Interagency Communications and Research subcommittees.From 1981-1982, Dr. Tschantz chaired the National ASCE Water Policy Subcommittee on Dam Safety, and, in 1983, he served as advisor to the organizing Committee for Establishment of a National Association of State Dam Safety Officials. He
has made numerous contributions to ASDSO
over the past twenty-two years.Since 1999, he has served on ASDSO's Model Library Committee, Annual Conference Program Committee, and the ASDSO Committee for Educational Outreach, which he currently chairs.He is also an instructor for the ASDSO Technical Seminar on Plant and Animal Penetration of Earthen Dams.A registered professional engineer in Tennessee, Ohio, and Virginia, Dr. Tschantz is now an engineering consultant and technical expert to several local, regional, and national engineering firms, industries, government agencies, citizen groups, private individuals, and attorneys.
Outside the office, Dr. Tschantz
enjoys biking, camping, fly-fishing, and spending time with his
wife, Penny, and three grandchildren. ASDSO
is immensely grateful to Dr. Tschantz
for extraordinary contributions and dedication to the mission of dam safety, and proud to recognize him as an Honorary Member.