Kenneth Odom received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama, and Ph.D. with a minor in Statistics from the University of Tennessee. His dissertation work focused on the optimization of a water quality monitoring network for the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He is now a Principal Engineer and the Technical Studies Lead for the Reservoir Management Section of Hydro Services at Alabama Power Company. Prior to working for Alabama Power Company, he worked as Studies Chief and Surface Water Specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Louisville, Kentucky, Montgomery, Alabama and Lakewood, Colorado. Kenneth's current focus is dissolved oxygen enhancement of water discharged from hydropower projects and optimizing operations using machine learning techniques.
He has expertise in modeling, statistics, computer programming and data analytics, and has more than 25 years of experience working in some aspect of water quality and water quantity ranging from stormwater design and floodplain management to analysis of water quality variables of natural waters. His diverse background in water and practical application as an engineer gives him the knowledge to teach the most important water topics to students who may one day be involved in some facet of water resources management. He teaches the Water and the Environment (ENVM 537) course in Samford’s online Master of Science in Environmental Management program. At the end of the course, students should have a firm understanding of how critical our water resources are, how they are being stressed, and how to effect positive change towards the improvement of those resources in our environment.