“I feel so lucky to have joined Gannett Fleming in 1999. I love the technical challenge associated with my work. I work with a great group of people and can’t imagine myself anywhere else.”
Specializing in the hydrologic proportioning of structures, Gannett Fleming Vice President Amanda Hess spent the first two decades of her career honing her expertise in dam safety engineering. Advancing professionally at an accelerated rate, Amanda quickly emerged as the manager of the “Hydraulics” part of the Geotechnical, Dams, and Hydraulics Business Line. She has grown the hydraulics group from herself to a full-service team of hydrologic and hydraulic engineers.
Amanda is a nationally-recognized subject matter expert, regularly teaches two-week-long popular engineering seminars with Dr. Art Miller of Penn State, serves on consulting boards for prestigious dam projects, and provides expert testimony and litigation support for flood-related cases. She has published numerous journal papers, is a frequent and favorite speaker at national conferences, and co-authored the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s national guidelines on Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams.
Now at the mid-point of her career, Amanda is keenly aware of her work’s importance and appreciates the opportunities to collaborate and impart her knowledge. Helping people solve problems fuels her drive, which isn’t surprising, considering how her mentors at Gannett Fleming set her career in motion and how she benefited from guidance and opportunities from a professor at Penn State, where Amanda earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering.
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