By Shannon Hays
Fort Worth District
Public Affairs Office
Loree Baldi had no idea why her picture was being taken in preparation of the annual award ceremony. She did not learn that she was being given the Engineer of the Year award until she looked through the program as she found her seat for the ceremony. Luckily enough, Baldi’s mother was able to attend, since she has been working for the summer at the Corps.
Baldi has worked with the Corps since she graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. “Beginning with her job as a summer appointment technician, and now in her current position as Chief of the Dam and Levee Safety Section, Ms. Baldi continues to perform to the highest standards, and in doing so inspires her colleagues to do the same,” said supervisor, Mark Black. After 15 years of service, being awarded as the Engineer of the Year “is definitely one of my proudest moments,” she said, “which was a surprise to me and I feel honored.”
As the Chief of the Dam and Levee Safety Section, “my current role at the Fort Worth District entails assisting the Branch Chief in management of planning, scoping, development, and direction of the Branch’s current and out-year projects for military, civil works, dam safety, levee safety, and work for others,” Baldi said.
In addition to her role in dam and levee safety, she is also responsible for “supervision of assigned geotechnical engineering and geological phases of the District’s design program,” Baldi said. She previously was the Assistant Chief of the Geotechnical Branch shortly after it became a standalone branch and was then promoted to Acting Chief of Dam and Levee Safety Section the following year.
On a daily basis, Baldi is responsible for overseeing project planning, design, and execution, supervising studies, and “coordination and control over workload planning, the design program, and the Quality Management Program,” Baldi said. According to her supervisors, she has been a vital component in the success of the dam and levee safety programs.
Baldi has many mentors that are instrumental to her career, like “Jan Berry (Memphis District-retired), Mark Black (Fort Worth District), and Brian Kamisato (Southwestern Division and Fort Worth District),” Baldi said. With the help of these mentors, she was able to reach this achievement so early in her career. Baldi hopes to continue her career at the Corps until she retires while growing in management and facing new challenges.