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Elizabeth Landowski, PE

Elizabeth Landowski, PE


Elizabeth Landowski, PE


”No two dam projects are the same, but we leverage the robust experience of our entire team to develop the best solution for each new challenge.”

With a desire to broaden her skills in dam safety engineering, and after several years of working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), world traveler Liz Landowski selected Gannett Fleming as her destination. Nearly a decade later, she continues to hone her engineering and management skills as she performs risk assessments for dams and levees.

We asked Liz a few questions. Get to know her here:

Tell us about your experience in the industry.

I am in my 17th year of engineering, and the majority of that time is specific to geotechnical engineering in the dam and levee industry. Over the past few years, I have transitioned from focusing on design and construction to managing projects and providing senior-level reviews. More recently, I began performing risk assessments for dams and levees.

What brought you to Gannett Fleming?

I joined Gannett Fleming in 2015. After working for USACE for several years, I decided to make a career change. USACE provided me with excellent experience and helped me to refine my engineering skills.

However, I wanted to broaden my skill set. I determined that Gannett Fleming would be the perfect company to do so. I already had confidence in my engineering skills, but I wanted to understand more of the business side — from marketing and business development to project management.

Tell us about your role and responsibilities at Gannett Fleming.

I am a principal geotechnical engineer in the firm’s Geotechnical, Dams, and Hydraulics Business Line. During my tenure, I have supported dam and levee projects across the country – from Florida to California and places in between. My roles have included:

  • Preparing proposals.
  • Negotiating contracts.
  • Managing client service.
  • Designing and reviewing dam and levee projects.
  • Performing risk assessments.
  • Growing the overall business line.
Engineer sitting on the ground in front of rows of soil boring samples.
Liz classifies soils while sitting behind a sonic drill rig at Boone Dam in Tennessee.

How does Gannett Fleming support your professional development and career growth?

Learning does not stop when you graduate college. It’s a lifelong adventure. Gannett Fleming has been instrumental in continuing my education, providing me with numerous opportunities for education and long-term professional growth through training, conferences, and traditional engineering courses.

What impactful and innovative projects are you working on right now?

Dams and levees are fascinating structures. Each has its own unique history and stakeholders. Yet, most of them present inherent risks to their owners, regulators, and neighboring communities. No two dam projects are the same, but we leverage the robust experience of our entire team to help develop the best solution for each new challenge and, as appropriate, for its hazard classification.

To learn more, check out my INSIGHTS webcast, “Dam and Levee Ownership – Risky Business,” where I cover the risk assessment process.

How does your work contribute to Gannett Fleming's vision of creating a better future, together?

I primarily work on dams that supply water and/or power, as well as levees that safeguard against flooding. These critical structures are essential to communities. Dam safety necessitates well-maintained infrastructure to create a resilient foundation to protect citizens from the risk of failure.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Plan for the future but live in the present. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Why is it important to have diversity around the table when working on projects?

Diversity allows for different experiences, perceptions, abilities, and ideas to be presented and considered. Combined, these variables provide a better understanding of the world we live in and the needs for which we design.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I love traveling and going to concerts, sporting events, and plays.

A man, woman, and two children seated in a row at a sporting event.
Liz and her family support their local NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Please tell us about your family and your favorite family tradition.

My husband and I have two children. Our daughter is 14, and our son is 12. We love to travel and find new places to explore, but even more so, we love to inspire our children to travel and see other cultures.

Each year for Christmas, we give our children airline or hotel gift cards to plan a family vacation based on that budget. It’s up to them to decide where to go and what to do on the trip. Our most recent trip was last summer to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

A man, a woman, and two children stand together in Glacier National Park.
Liz, her husband, and two children visit Montana’s Glacier National Park.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

I have traveled to and spent time in 42 of the 50 states and been to four of the seven continents. My goal is to see the world! My dream vacation would be an around-the-world cruise.

What's your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?

Sitting down to dinner with my family and then watching a movie with them.


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