Mark Baker Receives ASDSO’s 2020 National Award of Merit

Mark Baker
Mark Baker

Mark Baker, senior technical advisor on dam and levee safety with HDR, has been honored with the prestigious Association of State Dam Safety Officials 2020 National Award of Merit. The annual award is chosen by the ASDSO Board of Directors and honors an individual or entity contributing to dam safety on a national level.

Baker’s contributions, both to ASDSO and the dam safety community at large, have led to a better understanding of the lessons to be learned from dam failures and incidents. He has extensive experience in developing and applying risk-informed practices for dam and levee safety programs and projects. Baker is the founder and leader of the ASDSO’s Dam Failures and Incidents Committee and chaired the Spencer Dam Failure Independent Investigation panel, the first of its kind for ASDSO. He also was the founder and co-leader of the Silver Jackets flood risk management team, based in Washington, D.C.

Baker is a professional engineer and prior to joining HDR had a long career with the Bureau of Reclamation working in the dam, levee and flood risk management field. He then served eight years as the dam and levee safety officer for the National Park Service, where he managed the risks of 60 dams and initiated a levee safety program, including the management of the risks of the NPS-operated Washington D.C. Levee.

Baker will be presented the National Award of Merit on Tuesday, Sept. 22, during this year’s Dam Safety 2020 Virtual Conference.