TDEC Training Workshop

Instructors Biographical Sketch

Marilyn Coffey, P.E.
Marilyn Coffey is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Kentucky, and works for K. S. Ware and Associates, LLC (KSWA). She has over 15 years of professional experience, including both work experience with the Kentucky Division of Water and in water resources consulting. Her professional experience and interests include erosion prevention and sediment control, water quality, water-related environmental permitting, stormwater management, floodplain management, hydrologic computer modeling and hydraulic computer modeling. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky. She is an experienced trainer and presenter, with over 5 years of erosion prevention and sediment control training experience and presentations at multiple state and national conference. 

Steven E. Casey, P.E., CPESC
Steve Casey is a professional engineer and works at Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. He has over 15 years of civil engineering consulting experience. His focus has been within the water resources field. His experience includes hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, complex drainage basin analysis and design, floodplain management, and erosion prevention and sediment control design. Steve assisted with the development of the fourth edition of the Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook. He also provides NPDES compliance services and specializes in small MS4 permit compliance.

Dr. John R. Buchanan
Dr. Buchanan is an assistant professor and is on the faculty of the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department of The University of Tennessee. He has 14 years of teaching, research, and extension experience in the areas of soil erosion prevention and sediment control, water quality, and agricultural waste management. Dr. Buchanan has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, all from The University of Tennessee. His Ph.D. research focused on using wood chips as a mulch to reduce soil erosion on 2: 1 slopes. Dr. Buchanan is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee. Dr. Buchanan is active in his field and has published several articles. He remains very active in research and is in great demand as a speaker in his field at various regional and national seminars, workshops and conferences. Dr. Buchanan is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee

Tom Lawrence
Tom Lawrence is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee, Illionis and California. He has been active in the field of environmental engineering for over 20 years, specializing in water resources protection. He has spearheaded many innovative Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) education initiatives, such as EPSC Field Days with the IECA (called “Muddy Water Blues”), erosion control field tip cards, and EPSC BMP “road signs” to protect BMPs from damage. Additionally, he has taught EPSC practices with the IECA, ASCE and the City of Memphis Storm Water Program. He is currently a storm water consultant focusing on solutions for permit compliance.

  Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz
Dr. Tschantz, is a Professor Emeritus, who served 37 years on the University of Tennessee Civil & Environmental Engineering Department faculty from 1965 to 2002. He specializes in the areas of surface water hydraulics and hydrology with focus on urban stormwater management, erosion & sediment control, and dam safety engineering. He received his Doctorate and Master degrees in Civil Engineering (water resources) from New Mexico State University and his B. S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University. Professor Tschantz has 40 years' experience in civil engineering research, teaching, and practice in dam safety, urban stormwater modeling and management, erosion control and sediment transport, open channel hydraulics, and extreme flood event hydrology. Dr. Tschantz has participated in and remains active in numerous national, regional, and state workshops involving erosion and sediment management, urban stormwater, and dam safety. He has served on several national stormwater hydrology and dam safety panels for ASCE, ASDSO/FEMA, the National Academy of Sciences, and Executive Office of the President. Dr. Tschantz has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, papers, abstracts, design manuals and reports on his work. He remains active as a speaker and an engineering consultant and forensic expert to several local, regional, and national engineering firms, industries, city/state/federal agencies, citizens groups, private individuals, and attorneys in the areas of urban flooding, dam failures, and erosion and sediment control. Dr. Tschantz is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, and Alabama.