​​​​​Areas of Specialization

  • Individual and portfolio dam safety risk assessment and management
  • Life-loss estimation software for dam and levee safety risk assessment
  • Software for dam safety risk analysis and portfolio risk management and decision support
  • Spillway evaluation flood determination and dam breach modeling
  • Engineering hydrology, hydraulics, and sedimentation engineering
  • Water resources engineering and forecast-based reservoir operations software


​​​​​​Professional Summary

Dr. Bowles is a Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University and Managing Principal with RAC Engineers and Economists which specialize in individual and portfolio dam safety evaluation, risk assessment and risk management. He is also Director of the Institute for Dam Safety Risk Management at Utah State University. From 1992-1996, he served as Director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory and the Utah Center for Water Resources Research, the second largest water research institute in the U.S.A.

His 40 years of professional experience include five years in full-time design, construction, and consulting engineering in the U.K. and the U.S. While with Law Engineering, he was a member of their senior corporate management team, Branch Manager of Denver Operations, Engineering Department Manager, and a Senior Hydrologist/Engineer. Dr. Bowles is registered as a Professional Engineer (Civil) in the State of Utah and is certified as a Professional Hydrologist by the American Institute of Hydrology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) and is a member of many other professional organizations.


​​​Awards

  • Citizen’s Award for Exceptional Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 1997.
  • Governor's Medal for Science and Technology, State of Utah, 2003.
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2007.
  • Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) as an “Eminent Practitioner”, 2008.​


​​Education

  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water Resources and Hydrology), Utah State University, Logan, Utah, U.S.A., 1977.
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering, The City University, London, England, 1972 (1st class honors).


​​Experience Record

​2011 - Present 
Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

1976 - 1981 and 1983 - 2011
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, Institute for Dam Safety Risk Management Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University. Formerly Director, Associate Director and Head of the Water and International Divisions, Utah Water Research Laboratory and Utah Center for Water Resources Research, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

1986 - Present
Managing Principal, RAC Engineers & Economists, 1520 Canyon Road, Providence, Utah 84332-9431, U.S.A.

1981-1983
Branch Manager, Engineering Department Manager and Senior Hydrologist/Engineer, Law Engineering Testing Company, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. (Management of hydrologic, hydraulic, and civil engineering design projects; and branch and department management functions including administration, personnel, hiring, business development, planning, cost control, client relations, etc.).

1972-1976
Graduate Research Assistant, Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, U.S.A.

1967-1972
Junior Civil Engineer (aggregate of 3 years) George Wimpey & Co. Ltd., Hammersmith, London, England (Site engineering and supervision of earthworks, drainage, highway, and industrial housing construction; design of mooring structures; and development of computerized management information, cost control, and cost estimating systems).


Managing Principal


Phone: +1.435.770.8709

Email: David_S_Bowles@hotmail.com


Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Utah State University |Logan | Utah | U.S.A.

RAC

Engineers and Economists, LLC

Internationally recognized as pioneers and leaders in Dam Safety Risk Assessment and Risk Management.

David S. Bowles, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.AWRA