ASCE has honored Russell H. Boudreau, P.E., DCE, D.PE, M.ASCE, with the 2022 John G. Moffatt–Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award for his nationally recognized work in coastal, harbors, and port engineering and for his leadership of the next generation of coastal engineers.

Boudreau has had an exceptional career as a coastal engineer for more than four decades. He is a Board Certified Diplomate through the ACOPNE in both coastal and port engineering. He has been involved with ASCE and COPRI for many years, and distinguished himself as a member of the COPRI investigation team that reported on the damage from the 2010 earthquake and tsunami in Chile.

He has also been involved with the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association – serving on its Board of Directors since 1990 and as its Executive Committee secretary and regional vice president. 

Boudreau’s project experience spans a wide range of subdisciplines:

• Coastal oceanography
• Littoral processes
• Shore protection
• Beach nourishment
• Sand retention
• Recreational and commercial navigation and harbor design
• Ecosystem restoration
• Water quality assessment
• Tsunami evaluation
• Urban waterfront design
• Sea-level rise assessment

He has been involved with many major port and harbor expansions, such as Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles and Pier J at the Port of Long Beach. He understands large-scale planning and design of these types of projects. He has led large beach nourishment projects and small innovative projects. He is currently completing work on a nature-based living shoreline project constructed at Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, California.

The John G. Moffatt–Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award is given to a member of ASCE who has made definite contributions in the field of harbor and coastal engineering in the form of either written presentations or notable performances, and who serves to recognize new ideas and concepts that can be efficiently implemented to expand the engineering or construction techniques available for the harbor and coastal projects.