Stephanie Owen is a Senior Economist based in Tennessee who focuses on the economics of water resource projects and on consequence analysis for dams and levees.
Her areas of expertise include consequence analysis for dams and levees, comprehensive economic evaluations for water resource projects, and risk analysis.
Stephanie gained experience at the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) where she completed comprehensive evaluations and consequence analyses; there, she worked on projects ranging from alternatives assessments for flood risk management to commodity forecasts for inland navigation. She also collaborated on multidisciplinary teams to complete all phases of planning from site visits to recommendations. This work often included benefit-cost analyses, forecasting, modeling, and uncertainty analyses for risk-informed decision-making. Stephanie is deeply involved in the dam and levee safety community where she specializes in consequence analysis, estimating life loss and economic damages for downstream communities. She has worked as the lead consequence specialist on all levels of risk assessment teams from periodic assessment to quantitative risk assessment.
To advance the state of the practice, Stephanie is active in the United States Society on Dams and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. An experienced user of the life-loss estimating tool, LifeSim, she has co-taught the annual USACE Consequence and LifeSim workshops and has contributed to beta testing, research and development, validation studies, and technical reference manual for the software. To address the industry’s shift toward risk-informed frameworks, Stephanie completed a graduate certificate in risk management from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2022.
Career Summary of Stephanie Owen
- Specialties: Consequence Analysis; Economic Analysis; Risk Analysis; Emergency Planning
- Practice Areas: Water and Natural Resources, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Disciplines: Natural Resources, Economics
- Education: M.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016 B.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014