Sweeney named recipient of NWHA’s annual Pamela E. Klatt Award

Charles “Chick” Sweeney, P.E., senior technical fellow with Alden, has been named recipient of the Pamela E. Klatt Award, given by the Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA).

The award, which was established in 2009 by the NWHA Board of Directors, recognizes a recipient for their “lasting contributions to the Pacific Northwest hydroelectric industry through leadership and service.” It will be presented to Sweeney during a luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the NWHA annual conference in Portland, Ore.

Sweeney acts as a technical advisor on projects involving physical and numerical modeling of civil hydraulic structures, according to the Alden website. He is a recognized expert in applying field data collection programs as well as both physical and computer-based hydraulic models to solve facility site selection, design and permitting problems.

According to the nomination form, Sweeney has worked in the hydroelectric industry since 1974, when he was project hydraulic engineer for Site 1 on the Peace River, the Seven-Mile project on the Pend Oreille River and the Revelstoke project on the Columbia River.

The award is named in honor of Pamela E. Klatt, who spent more than two decades in the hydroelectric industry. “She influenced many with her high standards of excellence and broad grasp of the complexities of hydroelectric licensing and environmental compliance,” an NWHA release says. “Her contributions to the industry and convivial spirit leave an enduring legacy acknowledged annually by this award.”

For more information about the award, visit NWHA’s website here.

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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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