Professional Staff

Paul Drew, P.E.

Dam Safety Section Manager

I am thrilled to join Kleinschmidt and work with such a talented team of professionals I look forward to contributing to the firm’s commitment to dam safety and environmental stewardship.”

Paul is a senior water resources engineer with more than 17 years of experience in hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling, water resource planning, design and construction, public engagement and project management.  Paul has over a decade of experience in dam evaluation, design, construction, monitoring, and operation for numerous FERC-licensed hydroelectric projects, state-regulated dams, tailings basin and coal ash impoundments in more than 15 states. 

Paul brings extensive experience with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Engineering Guidelines and risk-informed decision-making. Paul has served as the H&H Subject Matter Expert (SME) in FERC Potential Failure Mode Analyses (PFMAs), Screening Level Risk Assessments (SLRAs), Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessments (SQRAs) and has completed the USSD SQRA Training Course DLS-103 Leveraging PFMA to Perform SQRA in 2021.Notably, he served as the H&H SME for the Advanced Screening Level Risk Analysis of five FERC-regulated dams in 2019 and 2021, contributing to a pilot study for the new FERC regulations.  

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and a Certified Floodplain Manager. Paul is an active member of the Midwest Hydropower Users Group (MHUG), the National Hydropower Association (NHA) and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).