• BS, Civil Engineering, Howard University, 1980

Memberships and citations

  • Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • Army Engineer Association Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal
  • Army Corps of Engineers Employee of the Quarter
  • Federal Executive Board Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award
  • Army Corps of Engineers Commander’s Award


  • “hydroAMP: A Condition Assessment Methodology for Life-Cycle Asset
    Management,” 2009 Hydro International Conference (Lyon, France)
  • “USA Southeast Region Hydropower Systems: Learning From Previous Experiences and New Technologies,” 2012 Conference on Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Mekong River Region (Bangkok)
  • “Hydropower Modernization Initiative: Making the Business Case for Hydropower Infrastructure Investment,” 2015 World Hydropower Congress (Beijing)


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Kamau offers extensive knowledge in federal hydropower policy, including experience with hydropower operations and planning, major rehabilitation, private development of hydropower on federal facilities, reservoir regulation, and water supply cost-benefit analysis.

Kamau’s 38 year career with the Army Corps of Engineers includes more than a decade as National Hydropower Business Line Manager at Corps Headquarters. During this time, he was responsible for the program’s strategic direction, policy, and infrastructure management. In 2010 he directed development of the Corps’ Hydropower Modernization Initiative, a 20-year asset management strategy to assess power plant equipment reliability and determine replacement and rehabilitation needs. He also developed policy for non-federal hydropower development for Corps non-powered dams.

Prior to this, Kamau spent more than 20 years in the Corps’ Northwestern Division office in Portland, Oregon. As the Technical Manager in the division’s Hydropower Analysis Center, he led a team of engineers and economists that performed power system analysis studies involving hydropower operations and power plant rehabilitation. He also oversaw hydropower cost-benefit analysis. This included use of the PROSYM model, a complex system that analyzes electric power systems and generation.

Kamau also performed annual planning and reservoir refill studies stemming from the Columbia River Treaty and the Pacific Northwest Coordination Agreement. He conducted economic evaluation on hydropower projects and performed cost analyses on hydropower and thermal power systems.

Other Experience

  • Former Member, National Hydropower Association Conference Steering Committee
  • Former Member, HydroVision International Conference Steering Committee
  • Former member, Technical Committee of the Permanent Engineering Board for the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty