U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
David Michalsen, P.E.
David Michalsen, P.E., is responsible for the design of large marine construction projects and dredge material management decisions at major deep draft shipping, commercial fishing, and recreational boating harbors in the state of Washington. He manages the Corps' Seattle District coastal navigation infrastructure inspection program and performs flood risk assessments for the Civil Works coastal storm damage reduction program.
David is a recognized national leader in numerical modeling of coastal processes and works closely with the Corps’ Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory on future policy and research needs. He also actively collaborates with the academic community, including a recent partnership with the University of Michigan which developed a modeling framework for analyzing the effects of ship generated waves on shorelines and nearshore sediment caps in Puget Sound.
Jared Johnson, P.E.
Jared L. Johnson, P.E., a Research Environmental Engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory, develops new technologies and management approaches to mitigate environmental impacts due to military training. He develops technologies to manage explosives residuals in the environment, preventing the migration of munitions constituents to groundwater or offsite areas near active training ranges. Working with a team of researchers, Jared developed a unique electrochemical reactor to destroy explosives residuals in Army ammunition plant process wastewaters. His efforts and contributions continue to transform the Army’s support towards environmental stewardship and sustainable operations. Jared is currently undertaking PhD studies at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences through the Army Long Term Training Program.
Jared also encourages students to pursue engineering as a career and has developed a hands-on introduction to groundwater flow for use at the annual SAME and the Gains in Engineering Math and Science summer camps. Every year, he volunteers as an instructor at those camps and speaks to local high school students during National EWeek about advances in engineering and the need for future engineers.
Sarwenaj Ashraf, E.I.T.
Sarwenaj Ashraf, E.I.T., graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with her master’s degree in Civil Engineering before joining the Geotechnical Engineering Section of the Fort Worth District Army Corps of Engineers in January 2009. In her work as the lead QA officer for the Corps, Sarwenaj oversaw execution of an $8M field investigation program designed to evaluate geotechnical conditions along 23 miles of levees. Upon completion of a year-long investigation, she has applied her in-depth knowledge of the site to the design of viable, relevant remediation alternatives as the Geotechnical lead for this high hazard, high consequence project. Her work will provide protection against flooding to the citizens of Dallas, Texas for decades to come.
Jane Flewellen, E.I.T.
Jane Flewellen, E.I.T., who joined the Corps of Engineers in 2008 after being employed in the residential development field. She hit the ground running by diving into the design and construction of a floodwall in New Orleans East, as part of the hurricane recovery efforts following hurricane Katrina. In April of 2009, she was deployed to New Orleans to assist with the construction inspection of the levees there. When she returned, she was assigned to the Levee Safety Program in the St. Paul District. Jane now serves as a project engineer for the St. Paul District’s largest design-build projects, which include the Lock & Dam 3 Navigation Guide wall Extension Project and the Lock & Dam 3 Lower Embankment Project.