FORA.tv Speaker - Les Harder

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Biography

Dr. Harder was appointed as the Deputy Director for Public Safety and Business Operations for the Department of Water Resources on April 24, 2006. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from U. C. Davis. He obtained his Doctoral degree in Geotechnical Engineering from U. C. Berkeley in 1988. Dr. Harder has over 28 years of experience in the design and construction of earth structures. He has served on numerous post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations and was heavily involved with response to the 1997-1998 floods. He was also involved with the four emergency construction contracts associated with repairing Jones Tract and he has served on several joint State-Federal committees on levee seepage design criteria. Most recently, Dr. Harder was part of a National Science Foundation sent to New Orleans to examine the performance of levees following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, Dr. Harder served in an acting assignment for 8 months in this position. Prior to that, he served as Division Chief for both the Division of Flood Management and the Division of Engineering.

1 Program

Keeping Katrina out of California

08.16.07 | 01:12:24 min | 0 comments