October 12, 2017

ACOPNE congratulate Andrew Cairns, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE as the 2017-2018 President and Paul Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE as President-Elect. Both Mr. Cairns and Dr. Boulos will continue their service on the ACOPNE Board of Trustees. ACOPNE thanks William Stewart, P.E., C.Eng, D.OE, M.ASCE for his service as COPRI Representative on the ACOPNE Board and welcomes COPRI President James Marino, P.E., D.CE, M.ASCE as ACOPNE 2017-2018 Ex-Officio.

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                    Andrew Cairns                                                                       Paul Boulos

Andrew stated the following on his nomination to serve as ACOPNE President for 2017-2018:

“I am honored to have been selected by the ACOPNE Board to serve as the Board President for 2018. Board Certification in engineering specialties is critical in ensuring that the appropriate individuals are planning and designing projects. Having engineers with the proper experience in coastal, ocean, port, and navigation engineering work on projects in these fields improves public safety, reduces life cycle costs, and shortens construction schedules. The knowledge required to successfully carry out projects in the ACOPNE disciplines is not typically gained through an undergraduate degree; and obtaining a professional engineering license does not indicate the type of civil engineering an individual is experienced in. The Academy has a certification process that requires individuals to demonstrate their understanding of the engineering body of knowledge though education, including a Master’s Degree, a minimum of twelve years of experience working in the designated field, and passing a board examination.

As the President of ACOPNE, I look forward to working with the Board in advancing the following initiatives:

  • Increase awareness of board certification.
  • Expand the number of Diplomates.
  • Gain acceptance by project owners, eventually requiring board certification for engineers designing projects in the fields of civil engineering that comprise ACOPNE."

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Paul stated the following on his nomination to serve as President-Elect:

“The strength and influence of ACOPNE are a direct result of the hard work and tireless dedication shown by its Board members and staff.  This distinguished circle of industry leaders has shown a passionate level of commitment to sharing its time, talent and resources with our members and the entire COPNE profession.  Being a part of this preeminent organization and its work is a privilege.  I am honored to serve as president-elect and look forward to working with the Board to initiate and support innovations that improve the practice, elevate the standards, advance the cause and future of our noble coastal, ocean, port and navigation profession.”

>To send a congratulatory note to Paul