Sandra Knight

Sandra Knight

Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience

University of Maryland, College Park

Speaking At:
Under Water: Policies to Avoid a Perfect Storm
18 June 2014 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: 145B
Topic: Natural Hazards

Sandra Knight is a Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland where she works with her other colleagues in the development of water policy and flood risk management initiatives.  Additionally, she is founder and President of WaterWonks LLC in Washington, DC.  Her company was formed to capitalize on her extensive experience in federal disaster reduction, flood risk management and marine transportation policies and programs, having spent more than 30 years administering these and other policies at three federal agencies.


Sandra finished her federal career in October 2012 as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, FEMA, responsible for the nation’s floodplain mapping, management and mitigation grants supporting the National Flood Insurance Program, environmental compliance for the agency, and oversight of the National Dam Safety Program.  At NOAA, 2007-2009, she was responsible for the development of policies and strategies to ensure scientific excellence and improved performance of NOAA’s research portfolio.   Prior to that, she spent 26 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Her last position with USACE was as Technical Director for navigation research.


She has a PhD from the University of Memphis, MS from Mississippi State University and a BS from Memphis State University, all in Civil Engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, a Diplomate Water Resource Engineer and a Diplomate Navigation Engineering. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Meteorological Society, the Society of Women Engineers, Sigma Xi and a Fellow for PIANC.