Laura Cowan

Regulatory & Permitting Section Manager

Laura Cowan serves as the licensing coordinator for hydroelectric projects undergoing FERC relicensing; prepared FERC documents and state and federal permit applications; conducted various water quality and fishery field studies; and is proficient using GIS software. Before coming to Kleinschmidt, Laura conducted fish passage studies, riparian vegetation characterizations, water quality and sediment transport investigations, and benthic macroinvertebrate studies.

M.S. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University
B.S. Science/English, Pennsylvania State University


What is your degree in?

B.S. in Science from The Pennsylvania State University, and M.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Lehigh University

What is your favorite thing about Kleinschmidt?

Kleinschmidt offers the opportunity to develop relationships with employees across multiple disciplines. By having exposure to individuals with such an extensive range of expertise and interests, we are able to learn from each other and share information in an open and comfortable environment. This enables us to gain a broad perspective of our projects and to better serve our clients.

What is your favorite quote?

“To draw or paint a picture, to make up a story, to sing in the shower or dance to the radio, to write a poem about how sad or happy you are, is a way to become, a way to make your soul grow. So please do that.” Kurt Vonnegut, Lehigh University Commencement speech


Traveling, cooking, hiking

What is your favorite sports team?

Penn State Nittany Lions

Laura J. Cowan