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COPRI Awards Presented at PORTS 16

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Awards Luncheon at PORTS '16 in New Orleans, LA took place in front of nearly 500 engineers, scientists, practitioners and professionals. COPRI presented five awards following an ACOPNE Diplomate ceremony. 

ACOPNE Diplomate Ceremony

Ed Schmeltz, D.CE, D.NE, D.OE, D.PE, F.ASCE presided over the ACOPNE Diplomate Induction ceremony. Board Certification within ACOPNE was created in 2009 to recognize engineers who have an advanced degree of knowledge and expertise in the specialized fields of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering.

Board Certified engineer is one of the highest designations available and is recognized as a respected and credible professional within the field of civil engineering. Diplomates inducted at PORTS '16 were:

  • Steven R. Davie, P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE, Tetra Tech, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
  • Scott W. Fenical, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, M.ASCE, Coast & Harbor Engineering - San Francisco, CA
  • Gary P. Mocke, Ph.D., D.CE, M.ASCE, Hatch GOBA -Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bill Paparis, P.E., D. PE, M.ASCE, CH2M Hill - New York, NY
  • Ralph A. Petereit, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, Parsons Brinckerhoff - Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Douglas J. Sereno, P.E., D.PE, ENV SP, F.ASCE, City of Long Beach Harbor Department - Long Beach, CA

Student Best Paper Awards

Ports & Harbors Vice Chair (now Chair), Matthew Martinez, P.E., S.E., D.PE, M.ASCE presented the Student Best Paper Awards. The top four entries in the PORTS '16 Student Paper Competition were invited to present at the conference. Their presentations were incorporated into the technical program and audience members judged them live.

Student rankings are as follows:

  1. Investigation of Combined Storm Surge Inundation and Sea Level Rise to the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, Danielle Goudreau
  2. Strategies for Measurement of Fluid Mud Layers and Their Rheological Properties in Ports, Juliane Castro Carneiro and Diego Luiz Fonseca
  3. Parametric Investigation of Dynamic Amplification Factor for Design of Buried Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts, Andrew Wells
  4. Probabilistic Model for Wave Overtopping Risk, Nikole Ward and Jonathan Brumfield

COPRI Project Excellence Awards

COPRI Past President Andrew Cairns, P.E., D.PE, PMP, M.ASCE presented the COPRI Project Excellence Awards . These awards recognize significant achievement through design or construction concepts, use of new or existing analytical techniques or technology, adaptive reuse of existing features or infrastructure, and methods or innovations that minimize environmental impacts. 

  • Small Project - South Pointe Park Pier Luke La Bas, P.E., M.ASCE, Atkins
  • Large Project - Fort Pierce City Marina Richard E. Czlapinski, P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Orville Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award

Elena Drei-Horgan, Ph.D., CFM, A.M.ASCE , AECOM received the Orville Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award from friend and colleague Darry Hathaway, CFM. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to sustainable engineering practices in managing shorelines and coastal infrastructure through research, design, construction or management of the natural and built environment in the coastal zone. 

ASCE John G. Moffatt - Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award

John Chapman, P.E., P.Eng presented the John G. Moffatt - Frank E. Nichol Award to his former boss, and coastal engineering expert, Stanley M. White, P.E., P.Eng, D.CE(Ret.), D.PE(Ret.), M.ASCE .

COPRI's most prestigious award is presented each year to an ASCE member who has made significant contributions to the field of Coastal Engineering. This award honors those who have contributed more efficient techniques or understandings that translate directly into applications which benefit the profession and the public at large.

Kenneth M. Childs, Jr. Practioner's Award

The Kenny Childs Award recognizes design and construction practicing engineers employed in the marine engineering profession with demonstrated leadership and/or achievement in harbor and coastal projects. Members of ASCE are judged to have attained significant professional achievement through: 

  • service to the advancement of the marine engineering profession;
  • evidence of technical competence, high character and integrity;
  • and/or leadership in the development of younger member attitudes towards the profession. 

Doug Thiessen, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE and Elmer Ozolin, P.E., LM.ASCE presented the awards to Dick Wittkop, P.E., M.ASCE, Moffatt & Nichol
and Arnie Rusten, P.E., M.ASCE, SE, BergerABAM.