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  • 2018-2019 Board of Governors

    Imee Osantowski - Headshot
    Imee Osantowski,
    P.E., M.ASCE, President
    Imelda Osantowski graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1983 and became a Registered Civil Engineer in California. She recently retired from the Port of Oakland where she worked as a Principal Engineer. She has over 30 years of management experience and was the COPRI Ports and Harbors Chair from 2014-2016.

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    Lori Brownell,
    P.E., D.NE, M.ASCE, Vice President  
    As director of Taylor Engineering’s waterfront engineering group, Ms. Brownell leads a team dedicated to marine structures engineering, coastal structures, civil and dredging engineering, and waterfront facilities design. With BS and MS degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has over twenty years of planning, permitting, design, and construction administration experience for numerous waterfront, marine, and dredging-focused projects within the southeastern United States. She has been an active member of ASCE since 1999 and previously served as the COPRI Treasurer between 2014 and 2018. 

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    James Marino, 
    P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE, Past President
    James Marino currently serves as President of Taylor Engineering, Inc., a multi-faceted consulting firm. He has more than 39 years of leadership and management experience, including 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Jim has served in an executive management role for a broad range of engineering projects, providing comprehensive staff and project management, development, and oversight, for public works, coastal, port & harbor, transportation, and environmental projects.

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    Murat Utku, 
    Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE, Secretary
    Dr. Utku has a MSc. and PhD degree in coastal engineering with a BS in civil engineering. He has more than 24 years of experience in program management; small/large scale project management in addition to his engineering project experience. His project experience includes various aspects of coastal engineering; resiliency, climate change, ecosystem restoration and mitigation, hydraulic/coastal engineering, sediment and pollutant transport processes, dredging, modeling, and flood mitigation.  He has been an ASCE member since 1995; he is the past chair of the North Jersey Branch and currently serves as the secretary of the Board.

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    Catherine Dunn,
     P.E., D.NE, D.PE, M.ASCE, Treasurer
    Mrs. Dunn is retired from over 27 years with the Port of New Orleans where she served as Director of Port Development. There she was responsible for the design, construction, condition, and maintenance of over 22 million square feet of buildings and cargo‐handling areas along 22 miles of waterfront, Port owned vehicles and equipment, four Port owned lift bridges, and Industrial real estate. In addition, Mrs. Dunn has over fifteen years of private sector engineering and management experience, primarily in the marine sector.

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    Younes Nouri,
     Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Presidential Appointee
    Dr. Nouri is a coastal engineer with Moffatt & Nichol based in Seattle, WA. Originally from Tehran, Iran, Younes received a Ph.D. degree in coastal engineering at the Johns Hopkins University working with Robert Dalrymple. He has been involved with ASCE and COPRI at both local and national level since 2012.

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    Stephen Balint,
    P.E., D.OE, F.ASCE, Member
    Steve Balint has worked in the offshore industry for nearly 40 years as a designer, engineering team leader, project manager, and executive. He has lectured at University of Texas and Singapore University on dynamic and fatigue analysis of offshore fixed and floating structures, written many technical papers and holds three patents for unique offshore structural designs. Steve has been associated with ASCE since college when he was president of the Virginia Tech student chapter. He also represented ASCE on the Offshore Technology Conference Board of Directors for 10 years, including 2 years as Chairman of the Board. Steve was the recipient of ASCE's 2014 William H Wisely Award.

  • Board Certification

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    • Coastal Engineering
    • Ocean Engineering
    • Port Engineering
    • Navigation Engineering
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