Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz, P.E.
Professor Emeritus - Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2010

UT Phone: (865) 946-3009
FAX: (865) 974-1838

Off-campus Phone (865) 531-5624

Off-campus address: Suite 118, 9041 Executive Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923

Brief resume (pdf)

Web Links

Wet Basement Tips

FEMA Tech Publication: Impacts of Plants on Earthen Dams
Stormwater BMP Selection Guide for Tennessee

UT Civil & Envir. Engineering Dept.
University of Tennessee
TVA Homepage & Lake Levels
USAToday Knoxville Weather Link
Guide to Selecting Manning's 'n'
TP-40 Rainfall Charts
NOAA Atlas 14 Precip. Freq. Charts for States
Low-head Dams Homepage (link under construction)


  • Sc.D. Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering): New Mexico State University, 1965
  • M.S.C.E. Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering):New Mexico State University, 1962
  • B.S.C.E. Civil Engineering: Ohio Northern University, 1960

Professional Registration:

Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama and Virginia

Teaching Areas:

Water Resources, Hydrology, Hydraulics, Open Channel Hydraulics, Stream Sediment Transport, Urban Stormwater Engineering, Stormwater Modeling, Dam Design and Dam Safety Engineering, Water Resources Planning and Management, Floodplain Management, and Senior Project Design.

Research Areas:

University research activities included hydrologic modeling of surface waters; hydraulic modeling of open channel flow; sediment transport modeling of open channel flow; dam safety - state policy and regulation assessment, extreme flood event analysis, and outlet structure hydraulics; urban stormwater management - best management practices (BMPs), policy and regulation development, and hydrologic modeling; and soil erosion and sediment control hydrology.

Professional Experience:

  • 37 years on Civil Engineering Department faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 3 years as Dam Safety Consultant and Advisor to Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, D. C.
  • 1 year as Chief of Federal Dam Safety Program (on leave from university), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.), Washington, D. C.
  • 3 years as Hydrologist consultant with U.S. Geological Survey, Knoxville, Tennessee Branch
  • Approximately 1 year as Sanitary Engineer with the U. S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque, N. M.
  • year as Civil Engineer with the Engineering Division of White Sands Missile Range, N. M.
  • Dam Safety Consultant and Advisor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1987-96
  • Consultant and Expert Witness, Tennessee Attorney General Office and Tennessee Department of Transportation, 1975-79
  • 3 years as Director, Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 5 years as Senior Consultant to Environmental Consulting Engineers (P-square Technologies), Inc., Knoxville
  • Dam Safety Consultant to S&ME Inc., Consulting Engineers, Arden, N. C. (2000)
  • Dam Safety Consultant to Marks Enterprises, Arden, N. C. (2001-present)
  • Senior Research Associate, Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, Knoxville, TN (2002-present)
  • Approximately 40 years as Engineering Consultant and Expert Witness to several local, regional, and national engineering firms, industries, city/state/federal agencies, citizens groups, private individuals, and attorneys in the areas of: urban drainage; flooding; rehabililtation, design and failure of dams; hydraulic and hydrologic engineering; sediment transport; land erosion; basement and crawl space water problems; and drowning deaths at low-head dams, culverts, etc.

Courses Taught:


  • Elementary Hydrology
  • Hydraulics
  • Senior Design Project
  • Water Resources Project (Dam) Design
  • Urban Stormwater Engineering
  • Senior Capstone Design
  • Water Resources Development and Management
  • Field Methods in Water Resources Engineering (Mini-Term Course offered in May 1998 between Spring and Summer terms)
  • Graduate

  • Open Channel Hydraulics
  • Floodplain and Urban Flood Management
  • (Stream) Sediment Transport
  • Stormwater Modeling
  • EnAdvanced Surface Water Hydraulics
  • Advanced Stormwater Modeling

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