TDEC Training Workshop

Instructors Biographical Sketch


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.

Beth Chesson
Beth Chesson is a consultant with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. in Franklin, TN. She has a degree from North Carolina State University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering Technology and is certified as a CPESC and CPSWQ. She has more than 18 years of experience in erosion and sediment control and stormwater management. Her experience includes erosion and sediment control plan review and inspections, stormwater quality program development and implementation, and NPDES program compliance initiatives. Ms. Chesson has developed and taught numerous courses on EPSC inspections and maintenance to designers, inspectors and contractors. She is active in the International Erosion Control Association as the Southeast Chapter president, on the Stormwater Advisory Committee for the City of Murfreesboro, and on the board of the Stones River Watershed Association.

Tom Lawrence
Tom Lawrence is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and California. He has been active in the field of environmental engineering for over 17 years, specializing in water resources protection. He has spearheaded many innovative Erosion and Sediment Control (E&SC) education initiatives, such as E&SC Field Days with the IECA (called “Muddy Water Blues”), erosion control field tip cards, and E&SC BMP “road signs” to protect BMPs from damage. Additionally, he has taught E&SC 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.

2005 Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control
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