Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Timely Talks from Renowned Researchers

Each year, the College of Engineering dean invites an esteemed leader from engineering, industry, or academia to generously share their expertise, experiences, and inspiring stories with our faculty, staff, students, and the wider community. Join us for thought-provoking talks on cutting-edge research and the future of engineering. Whether you're a seasoned professional, a curious student, or simply interested in the latest advancements, our lectures are open to all.  It's a unique opportunity to gain insights, network, and be inspired by some of the brightest minds in the field.

2024 Lecture: Klamath Dam Removal

Presented By: 

Mark Bransom

Chief Executive Officer, 

Klamath River Renewal Corporation

Portrait of Mark Bransom.

Klamath Dam Removal

Mark Bransom, Chief Executive Officer of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, discussed the cooperative effort to re-establish the natural vitality of the Klamath River so that it can support all communities in the Klamath basin. Mark detailed the journey KRRC has been on to decommission four dams along the Klamath River to restore river health, provide favorable economic, environmental, and societal impacts, and address stakeholder concerns.  

A 1997 graduate of Oregon State University with a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering, Mark has over 25 years of planning, engineering, and construction experience in water resources and environmental management for state and local governments, federal agencies, Tribal Nations, NGOs, and private sector clients throughout the United States.

Panel of Experts

Following the lecture, Mark joined a panel of experts to discuss the project and its impact on the region.

Mike Belchik

Senior Fisheries Biologist,
Yurok Tribe

Desirée Tullos

Professor of Water Resources Engineering,
Oregon State University


David Baker

OSU Productions

Past Lectures


“The 2020 Haiti Earthquake: A Story of History, Race, Inequities, and Natural Hazards.”

Reginald DesRoches

Ph.D., Provost,
Rice University


"Innovating our Energy Future"

José N. Reyes

NuScale Power Co-founder

Henry W. and Janice J. Schuette

Endowed Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Radiation
Health Physics