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MISSISSIPPI VALLE Y DIVISION

VICKSBURG DISTRICT EMPLOYEE RECEIVES NATIONAL ENGINEERING AWARD BY ANNE ELIZ ABE TH BUYS, Vicksburg District

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n employee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District was recently named the 2020 “Levee Safety Professional of the Year” for USACE. Brad Arcement serves as a branch chief in the USACE Levee Safety Center and as a lead facilitator or co-facilitator on multiple large-scale levee projects. In his leadership role as the Vicksburg District’s risk-informed design coordinator, Arcement has helped engineers and technical experts across USACE scope risk assessments to support studies and implement risk-informed designs. Arcement has also supported the planning community of practice with the implementation of a risk-informed process. He has reviewed and advised on training materials, assigned agency technical review team members, and participated as an agency technical review team member, on multiple large planning studies. He also recently coordinated the development of policy guidance related to risk-informed planning and design. Arcement has worked closely with USACE leadership to share best practices with his colleagues. His technical skill and dedication have significantly enhanced the implementation of risk-informed design for USACE’s dam and levee safety programs. USACE employs more than 34,000 government civilian and 700 military personnel. Arcement was one of seven nominees considered for the “Levee Safety Professional of the Year” award within the entire organization. “We are extremely proud of Brad Arcement’s outstanding accomplishments as a levee safety professional,” said Vicksburg District Chief of engineering and construction Henry Dulaney. “His dedication, hard work, and expertise have contributed greatly to USACE’s mission, and he is absolutely deserving of this prestigious award.”

Brad Arcement, branch chief in the USACE Levee Safety Center.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Arcement earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Mississippi Engineering Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, and the Deep Foundation Institute. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Mississippi. The Levee Safety Center, a national center of expertise, provides support to the USACE Levee Safety Program and leads the implementation of the congressionally mandated National Levee Safety Initiative. The center also collaborates with other agencies to develop national levee safety policy. The center is based in the Vicksburg District’s headquarters building in Vicksburg, Mississippi. n 47

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