Class of 2016-17
University of Maryland
National Academy of Public Administration
National Academy of Engineering
Regarded as the top flood-management expert in the United States, Gerald Galloway is known nationally for leading a federal study into the causes of the Great Flood of 1993 along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. He has consulted on projects for governments around the world, including Italy, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, Jamaica, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Finland, Iran, and Ukraine.
As a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Galloway focuses his research on disaster resilience and mitigation, sustainable infrastructure development, and water resources and energy policy and management under climate change.
Galloway graduated from the US Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. During a 38-year career in the military, he served in various command and staff assignments in Germany, Southeast Asia, and the US, retiring as a brigadier general.
He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Princeton University, a master’s degree in public administration from Penn State University, a master’s degree in military art and science from the US Army Command and General Staff College, and a doctorate in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before joining the University of Maryland in 2004, Galloway was vice president for geospatial strategies, ES3 Sector, at the Titan Corporation. From 1998 to 2003, he served as secretary of the US Section of the International Joint Commission, an independent binational organization charged with preventing and resolving transboundary air- and water-quality disputes between the US and Canada under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909.
Galloway also has assisted the White House, the US Water Resources Council, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, among many other organizations.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan appointed Galloway to the seven-member Mississippi River Commission. He was assigned to lead an assessment of the Great Flood of 1993 along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The resulting recommendations, known as the Galloway Report, encouraged all levels of government and citizens to take responsibility for flood plain management.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Galloway has received the Army Engineer Association’s Silver De Fleury Medal; the Association of State Flood Managers’ Goddard–White Award; the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Civil Government Engineer of the Year, the Presidents’ Award, the President’s Medal, and the OPAL Award for lifetime achievement; and the Universities Council on Water Resources’ Warren A. Hall Medal.
As a Faculty Fellow in the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, Galloway will collaborate with faculty–researchers at Texas A&M’s Galveston Campus.
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