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 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.

COPRI Governing Board

  • President: Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
  • Past President: Albert Lee Barco IV, P.E., BC.PE, F. ASCE
  • Treasurer: Catherine Dunn, P.E., BC.NE(Ret.), D.PE, M.ASCE
  • Secretary: Ashley Judith, P.E., BC.NE, M.ASCE
  • ASCE Representative: Gillian Millar, M.ASCE
  • Board Representative: Erin Rooney, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Board Representative: Craig Jones, Ph.D., M.ASCE