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Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute

  • Created in 2000, the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) is a semi-autonomous institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the country's oldest national engineering society. COPRI's services are designed to complement ASCE's traditional civil engineering base and to attract non-engineering allied professionals who seek to enhance their professional and technical development.

    COPRI is led by the COPRI Board of Governors and governed by the COPRI bylaws.

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    COPRI serves as a multidisciplinary and international leader in improving knowledge, education, development and the practice of civil engineering and other disciplines in the sustainable management of coastal, ocean, port, waterways, riverine and wetlands resources for the benefit of society.


    COPRI serves its membership and society by uniting the disciplines working to sustainably develop, protect and restore coasts, oceans, ports, waterways, rivers, and wetlands; integrating the key stakeholders into decision-making processes; advancing technological state of art and practice; and influencing public policy.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions about COPRI or want to become involved in any of our activities, please contact us at [email protected] or contact our staff at: 

    Mailing Address:
    COPRI, An Institute of ASCE 
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive 
    Reston, VA 20191-4400

  • Board Certification

    Become ACOPNE certified in one or more of the following categories:

    • Coastal Engineering
    • Ocean Engineering
    • Port Engineering
    • Navigation Engineering
  • Younes Nouri, ASCE Presidential Appointee:

    "I got involved with COPRI almost a decade ago as a PhD student. Today, I am still involved as Seattle COPRI Chapter Chair and a member of the COPRI Governing Board. My involvement with COPRI has been very rewarding and has helped me gain a better understanding of Ports & Harbors Industry, get to know great peers, and further develop my team working and leadership skills."

    Domenic D’Argenzio, NY Met Section Chair:

    "COPRI has provided me with opportunity to lead, network with colleagues in the industry and has exposed me to a vast network of opportunities in waterfront engineering."

    Patrick Cooper, UNF Chair:

    "COPRI has been an amazing resource for me as a graduate student. The opportunities to network with peers and potential employers have been invaluable.  I would recommend to any students interested in coasts, oceans, ports, and rivers to join."