Bruce C. Muller, Jr. Named as Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: September 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor has named Bruce C. Muller, Jr. as the Senior Advisor - Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer.

"Having an internal, independent oversight of construction and dam safety projects at all levels is important to ensure these projects are consistent throughout Reclamation and to make sure that Reclamation and its partners are getting the best value for our investments," said Commissioner Connor. "Bruce brings the necessary engineering and management experience to this position that it needs to ensure the consistency of projects throughout Reclamation."

This position provides oversight of design, estimating and construction activities as they are being formulated and prepared to ensure that executive-level management decisions and products are sound at the project and corporate levels. Muller will also serve as Reclamation's Dam Safety Officer where he will provide broad program guidance, conduct reviews and perform quality assurance of Reclamation's Dam Safety Program.

Muller joined Reclamation in 1979 as a civil engineer after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. For the next 20 years, Muller worked as a design engineer and project manager, designing new dams and modifications to existing dams, developing methodologies and guidelines to facilitate risk management and implementing new technologies for dam analysis and design, while also earning his Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Water Resource Management from Colorado State University and graduating from the Department of the Interior’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

In addition to the accomplishments earlier in his career, Muller has served Reclamation as the Chief of the Dam Safety Office, Deputy Director for Security, Safety and Law Enforcement and Reclamation's Assistant Director Information Resources working closely with the Department of the Interior in its Information Technology Transformation Project.

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