US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

District Names Mississippi Valley Division Geotechnical Regional Technical Specialist

Published Dec. 5, 2016
The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, recently selected Heather Sibley as a Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) geotechnical regional technical specialist.

In this position, Sibley will serve as a regional subject matter expert in the geotechnical engineering community of practice. She will also serve as a leader on complex, non-routine dam and levee safety modifications and geotechnical analyses.

She has worked in the MVD Dam and Levee Safety Production Center, Engineering and Construction Division since 2015. In that position, she served as a member of a cadre working on risk assessments and modification studies on high risk dam projects across the country.  

Sibley began her career with the Corps in 2009 in the District’s geotechnical branch, where she quickly became a recognized leader in geotechnical engineering in the district and throughout MVD.  Some of her key accomplishments include serving as the lead MVK geotechnical engineer for the Plaquemines Parish Project and the lead geotechnical designer for the Wilkinson Canal Pump Station.  The Wilkinson Canal Pump Station is one of the most complicated projects in Plaquemines Parish that included a unique combination of deep soil mixing, wick drains, preload pad, strength gain estimates, geotechnical instrumentation, staged construction, and pile founded T-walls.

A native of Bentonia, she is a 2004 graduate of Yazoo County High School. She earned her Bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Mississippi State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi.

She and her husband, Caleb Sibley, are residents of Bentonia.


Contact
Shirley J. Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

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