September 13, 2018

Dear ACOPNE Diplomates:

Thank you for your continued leadership and your example in supporting the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) and our Board Certification Diplomate program.

Your ACOPNE Diplomate Board Certification is a testament to your continued effort, advocacy and leadership to advance the practices in our noble engineering profession.

Over the past year, the ACOPNE Board members, committees and staff have worked to increase the visibility of Board Certification for our ACOPNE Diplomates, and we continued to communicate the importance of board certification to employers of professional engineering and agencies responsible for the design, construction, and management of coastal, port, ocean & navigation infrastructure.

We have been involved in the ASCE Raise the Bar initiative and rebranding. As president of ACOPNE, I have also been participating on the ASCE Task Committee on Credentialing to Raise the Bar. We are working with ASCE and CEC this year to incorporate specialty certification to advance the civil engineering profession.

Some of the items we have launched in 2018 are:

  1. We have launched the first open nominations process to serve on the ACOPNE Board of Trustees.  The deadline for nominations is September 17. Nominate yourself or a deserving colleague to serve!  Send an email with statement of service and resume to [email protected]
  2. We have launched our ACOPNE LinkedIn company site. Please click on the link here and begin following our ACOPNE LinkedIn page.
  3. The ASCE Board Certified Diplomates Online Directory was launched earlier this year. This is an exciting and vital tool, where the engineering community and the public can search our Board Certified Diplomates, to seek for expertise in your area.  Please access the site and you may update your profile and update the privacy settings to your liking. To do this, simply click on the Help link at top of the page and set up your profile & privacy settings.
  4. We are asking for your input and feedback on testimonials on your achievement of the ACOPNE Board Certification. Have you or your firm benefitted for consideration for engineering projects due to your ACOPNE Board Certification?

Another top priority for us, is to ensure that Diplomates experience value in maintaining the highest standards of our profession including maintenance of board certification as a Diplomate. Please let us know how we are doing. You may send me an email at or to our staff at [email protected]

Finally, I encourage you to recruit your well-qualified colleagues to apply to become Diplomates. We continue to encourage companies to promote board certification in career development plans and as a factor when weighing qualifications within procurement plans for professional engineering services.

On behalf of the ACOPNE Board of Trustees and staff, we thank you for your continued excellence and your leadership in the engineering profession.

Kind regards,

Andrew Cairns, P.E., D.PE, PMP, M.ASCE
ACOPNE President