US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

District Names Chief of its Water Management Section

Published July 19, 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 Drew Smith as chief of its Water Management Section of the Engineering and Construction Division.

In this position, Smith will be responsible for conducting hydrologic analysis and/or design of reservoir and flood control systems; conducting complex hydrologic engineering studies for hydropower investigations used in planning and operational studies; preparing water control manuals for pumping plants and flood control, multipurpose and navigation dams; coordinating the work of a staff of engineers, hydrologists and technicians engaged in a broad and comprehensive program of hydrologic data collection and hydrologic design of water resource projects; and developing the criteria and procedures for the operation of single and multipurpose reservoirs, pumping plants, floodgates and locks and dams.

Prior to this selection, he was a hydraulic engineer performing project operations to carry out the flood damage risk reduction mission of the Vicksburg District. He also made forecasts for key gaging stations within the district. Additionally, he performed hydrologic/hydraulic analysis used in decision making for flood control project operations. He also served as project engineer at Marmal Resident Office, Afghanistan in 2013 where he oversaw 11 construction projects valued at more than $80 million dollars.

Smith began his career as a student aide in the Water Control Section of Engineering Division. He assisted gage technicians in the field and performed various water and soil sampling tasks to assist the Water Quality Section. 

A native of Greenville, Smith was reared in Vicksburg and graduated from Vicksburg High School in 2004. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from Mississippi State University and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Mississippi.

He and his wife, the former Leslie Hardy of Terry, reside in Clinton where they are members of Pinelake Church.

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

Release no. 16-027