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PIANC USA Welcomes New Commissioner Dr. Sandra Knight

On June 1, 2009, Dr. Sandra K. Knight was appointed to the PIANC USA National Commission. She replaces Dr. Robert Randall of Texas A & M University, who retired after eight years of service on the Commission.

Dr. Knight is currently the Director of the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She is responsible for the development of corporate policies and planning and evaluation strategies, to ensure scientific excellence, transparent operations, and improved performance of NOAA's research portfolio. Knight came to NOAA from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss., where she was the Technical Director for navigation research and responsible for directing and planning a strategic, multidisciplinary research area which supported the sustainable development and management of the nation's waterways infrastructure.

Dr. Knight received her doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis in 1996 where she completed her dissertation on physical forces produced by moving vessels and the effects on waterway bed and bank stability, sediment transport, and vessel maneuverability. Dr. Knight has authored or co-authored numerous papers and reports on various aspects of hydraulic engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee and has been certified by the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers as a Diplomate, Water Resource Engineer.

Sandra Knight is well known to the PIANC community. She served on the ExCom as chair of the Inland Waterways commission (INCOM) from 2004-2007 and served as the U.S. Representative to InCom from 1998-2004. Dr. Knight brings both expertise and energy to her new position, and PIANC USA is very pleased to welcome her to the National Commission.

Dr. Sandra K. Knight
Dr. Sandra Knight, NOAA, PIANC USA's newest Commissioner


posted 29 Jun 2009