May 15, 2019

ACOPNE proudly announce Ed Schmeltz as the Inaugural recipient of the ACOPNE Outstanding Practitioner in Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineering Award, for his exemplary work and indelible contributions in the practice of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering, over his outstanding career. The ACOPNE Outstanding Practitioner in Coastal, Ocean, Port or Navigation Engineering Award was established in October 2018 to recognize an ACOPNE Diplomate(s) who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the disciplines of coastal, ocean, port or navigation engineering through engineering practice.

Mr. Schmeltz is a civil engineer with more than 45 years of experience in the planning and design of ports and harbors, marine facilities, breakwaters and other coastal structures.  He has worked on some of the world's largest marine projects and his extensive portfolio of projects has taken him to more than 21 states and 37 countries on 6 continents.  His experience ranges from container facilities, liquid bulk terminals and bulk handling facilities to military and coastal engineering projects.  His expertise in the evaluation of the financial and technical viability of port facilities, as well as his understanding of site conditions, design, construction and operational aspects of ports, have made him one of AECOM's most valuable professionals in the global marine market.

Having held a variety of positions during his career, Mr. Schmeltz most recently served as a Senior Vice President and Director of Maritime and Special Projects for AECOM, the largest transportation engineering firm in the United States.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. He holds Diplomate status in Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineering from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Schmeltz has authored over 25 technical publications related to maritime projects and issues. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. In addition, he is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, New York Society of Professional Engineers, a Co-Chair of PIANC's CoCom and currently serves as PIANC's America's Vice President. He is a past President of the New York City Post, Society of American Military Engineers and a founding member and Past President of the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineering of ASCE and a Founding Member of COPRI. He was honored with an OPAL Award in Design in 2015. Ed was recently named a Distinguished Member (Dist.M.ASCE) of ASCE's 2019 class.

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