Bradley Clark has been named Engineer of the Year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District. Clark, who lives in Bryant, Ark., is a geotechnical engineer in the Southwestern Division Dam Safety Production Center.
Clark’s award was presented during the district’s annual Corps’ Day award ceremony and picnic.
“It’s an honor to be named Engineer of the Year,” said Clark. “I’ve been blessed with challenging projects and opportunities to experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as the flood events of 2015 and 2017 and a deployment to Europe in 2016.”
Clark’s technical background and leadership skills have helped in the review of numerous dam and levee design modifications, risk assessments, slope stability, seepage analysis and construction of high risk civil works projects.
Clark’s leadership and involvement in numerous projects have provided the Little Rock District, other districts and the Risk Management Center with an increased understanding of significant geotechnical and dam safety concerns.
One of the district’s significant events of 2017 was the flooding at Clearwater Lake. It was the first time that the lake had been high enough for water to cross over the spillway. Clark was part of a team that was sent to Clearwater Lake to monitor and report on the actions at the lake.
“While at Clearwater Lake I monitored dam safety instrumentation, communicated with the local emergency management community, and gathered real time data in the field to help the district’s Reservoir Control Branch make accurate decisions on water releases,” according to Clark. “I also coordinated a video survey of the dam, spillway, and outlet works structure for future analysis of the effects of the flooding.
Clark’s leadership and involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineers led to the creation and funding of an engineering scholarship for three Arkansas universities for a total of $300,000.
“Brad is a master in his field,” said Greg Mattson, chief of the Infrastructure Safety Section, Little Rock District. “Most of us specialize to the point of not being much good in areas outside our expertise. Brad, however, is a specialist in geotechnical engineering, but can still knowledgably talk about and design bridge overlays, pavement sections, and hydraulics.”
Clark is a 2005 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minor in civil engineering. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Arkansas.
“All of my accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my co-workers, supervisors, friends, family, and particularly my wife, and to them I am thankful.”