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Posted 3/7/2013

Release no. 13-020

Kavanaugh Breazeale

Vicksburg, Miss…The National Society of Professional Engineers recently presented Ronald Goldman with the Federal Engineer of the Year Award at the Federal Engineer of The Year ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Goldman is director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s (Corps) Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Production Center.


Goldman was presented the award due to his development of engineering processes that exceed industry standards. He directed a high volume of production on engineering products significant to critical infrastructure protection and to dam and levee safety.


Goldman developed flood simulation software that determines real-time flood mapping estimates. The software provides the ability to share daily inundation estimates with outside agencies and the general public and offers a visual representation of structures in the risk zone. These maps were used for Hurricane Katrina search and rescue missions and the flood-fighting efforts during the historic 2011 Mississippi River floods.


He also led a committee of modelers that developed specialized tools, published standard operating procedures and produced training guidance for dam and levee infrastructure modeling. This enhanced hydraulic and hydrological modeling engineering competencies across the Corps, which resulted in highly trained, rapidly deployable professionals to support significant floods.


Goldman, a native of Philadelphia, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi. He is an active member of Bowmar Baptist Church, a member of the Chi Epsilon Honor Society of Engineers, and the Vicksburg Post Society of American Military Engineers.


He and his wife, the former Rita Dickinson of Carthage, are the parents of two daughters, Heather Hood of Southaven and Holly Porter of Vicksburg.


PHOTO: Ronald Goldman (2nd from right) was presented The Federal Engineers of the Year Award by MG Todd Semonite, Deputy Commander U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2nd from Left). With Goldman is Dan J. Wittliff, (Left) President National Society of Professional Engineers and Mark J. Golden, National Society of Professional Engineers Executive Director. The presentation took place at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.