Becker, Chad appointed to positions at hydro operator Bureau of Reclamation

Hydro operator the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation recently announced new appointments for two people: Brian Becker, P.E., and Carolyn Chad.

Becker has been named senior advisor – design, estimating and construction oversight and dam safety officer.

The first position provides oversight of design, estimating and construction activities as they are being formulated and prepared to ensure that executive-level management decisions and products are sound at the project and corporate levels. And as dam safety officer, Becker also will provide broad program guidance, conduct reviews and perform quality assurance of Reclamation’s dam safety program.

Becker was named chief of Reclamation’s dam safety program in 2008. He joined Reclamation in 1985 as an engineer in the concrete dams branch of the Technical Service Center. Becker left Reclamation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1992 but returned to Reclamation in 2004.

He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University.

Chad is the Columbia-Cascades deputy area manager in Yakima, replacing Dawn Wiedmeier.

The Columbia-Cascades Area Office oversees Reclamation projects in Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana and central and western Oregon.

Chad will provide leadership, oversight and direction to more than 180 employees involved in a variety of Reclamation programs and activities related to water management and other related natural and energy resources in Washington and Oregon.

She previously served as associate district manager for the Bureau of Land Management and was also field manager for BLM.

Chad has a bachelor of science in range management from Humboldt State University in California.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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