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Kate White, a registered professional engineer, leads the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice and has over 28 years of experience in the USACE.
Her work includes development of policy, technical guidance, methods, and tools to support climate preparedness and resilience. Her work reflects extensive interagency and expert collaboration in the areas of climate change that are related to USACE mission and operations, particularly the Civil Works program and water resources management. Topics include sea level change impacts and adaptation, hydrologic nonstationarity, changing reservoir sedimentation, and climate vulnerability analyses affecting coastal projects, watersheds, reservoirs, and supply chains. She is also responsible for implementation of climate preparedness and resilience in USACE projects, including agency technical review and oversight of policy and guidance.
She received a 2013 GreenGov Presidential Award: Climate Champion for her role in the interagency team that developed the Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery. She was selected as the USACE 2014 Elvin R. “Vald” Heiberg III “Engineer of the Year” and as a 2015 Top Ten Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Dr. White holds BS and MS degrees in civil engineering and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering.