James M. Wright is a licensed professional engineer in three states. He holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science degree in water resources engineering, with additional post-graduate study in water resources. Since 1980, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee teaching graduate-level floodplain management courses.
Upon graduating from Virginia Tech in 1960, he was employed as a water resources engineer with the TVA in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was principally involved in studies examining local flood damage prevention planning. In 1968, he became an assistant to Tom Lee, helping to carry out Wisconsin’s recently established floodplain management program. He left in 1970 to develop and administer Minnesota’s state program. In 1978, he returned to TVA where he later became manager of its floodplain management program.
James has served on numerous national task forces, panels, and technical committees established to develop policies and procedures for managing floodplains to reduce economic losses and losses of natural and beneficial resources.
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