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Posted 7/26/2016

Release no. 16-028

Shirley Smith

VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District recently selected Thomas Shaw as chief of its Project Management Branch of its Programs and Project Management Division.

      In this position, Shaw will be responsible for supervising approximately ten project management teams composed of project managers, project engineers, civil engineers, regional economist, engineering technicians, and program analysts. As part of the Command team, he will participate in the executive direction of an annual Civil Works program which averages more than $220,000,000 and includes such work as large and complex flood control and hydroelectric dams and reservoirs; large navigation locks and dams; flood control dams and reservoirs; and mainline levees on the Mississippi River and tributaries.

      Prior to this selection, he was chief of the Flood Control and Hydropower Section, Project Resources Management Branch.  He oversaw the management of the operations and maintenance activities associated with the approximately 960 miles of levees, 2,610 miles of channels, 170 miles of drainage ditches, 513 drainage structures, 26 pumps, and 80 weirs within the District’s area of responsibility.

      Shaw began his career with the District in 1985 as a mechanical engineer and later as the design quality control engineer in the Design Branch of Engineering Division. Following a ten-year period in private engineering practice, he returned to the District in 2009.

      A native of Lucedale, Shaw earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Mississippi and a Project Management Institute-Certified Project Management Professional. He has received certification in high performance “green” building design, known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEEP AP). He is a member of the Society of Military Engineers and the Project Management Institute.

      He and his wife, Becky Emerson Shaw, reside in Vicksburg where they are members of Crossway Church, and have two children and two grandchildren. He is the son of the late Dr. Tom Shaw and Laura S. Ballow of Lucedale.