Tiffany Adams, Ph.D., P.E.

Tiffany Adams is a Principal Engineer based in Colorado with more than 20 years of experience focused on geotechnical and civil engineering analysis and design for dams, levees, and hydraulic structures.

Tiffany Adams is a Principal Engineer based in Colorado with more than 20 years of experience focused on geotechnical and civil engineering analysis and design for dams, levees, and hydraulic structures.


Tiffany helps clients with dams, levees, and hydraulic structures in need of material characterization, seepage evaluation, and stability evaluation and deformation modeling under static and seismic conditions. She has extensively used finite element/difference programs like FLAC and SEEP/W for a wide variety of engineering applications including factor of safety and failure mode analyses, seepage analysis, fully coupled consolidation analyses, and dynamic deformation analyses of water and tailing dams. Tiffany is well versed in the risk assessment process and has served on the risk assessment team for 10 dams, with roles ranging from potential failure mode identification, to risk estimation, and conducting the numerical analysis to support risk estimation. As a senior technical specialist, Tiffany promotes a balanced approach to assessment and modeling that prioritizes site characterization and soil behavior, as well as engineering judgment and communication, to provide analyses that effectively inform the decision-making process.

To advance the state of the practice, Tiffany continues her participation in groups such as the US Society on Dams (USSD), the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), the Geo-Institute, and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Tiffany has been recognized by ASCE with the J. James R. Croes Medal and the Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement. She was the recipient of a USSD scholarship, while Oregon State University (OSU) recognized her with the Michael J Palmer Leadership Award and her inclusion in the OSU Council of Early Career Engineers.

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Career Summary of Tiffany Adams, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Specialties: Geotechnical Characterization; Slope stability, Deformation and Seepage modeling; Seismic Evaluation; Static Liquefaction Evaluation; Dam Safety; Risk Assessment
  • Practice Areas: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Disciplines: Geotechnical Engineering
  • Education: Ph.D., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2011; M.S., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1982; B.S., Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, 1995
  • Registration: Colorado Professional Engineer, 35182; Washington Professional Engineer, 38577; Arizona Professional Engineer, 63400

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