Coastal Program Manager
Steve joined Neel-Schaffer in 2017 and serves as the firm’s Coastal Program Manager.
Based in the firm’s Baton Rouge (LA) office, Steve leads Neel-Schaffer’s efforts to grow and expand the firm’s coastal science and engineering discipline on the regional and corporate level in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In addition to his focus on business development, his many years of hands-on experience and technical expertise allow him to be an active participant in projects.
Steve has more than 30 years of scientific, managerial and planning experience working in partnership to administer coastal initiatives for state government, the USACE, and private companies.
His experience includes applied coastal policy and planning, facilitating regional sediment management initiatives, quantifying coastal hazards and mitigation measures, and updating estuarine shoreline strategies relative to sea-level rise. Underwood has authored many published studies and participated in numerous Louisiana coastal research and policy/planning initiatives.