March 27, 2019

Dear Fellow ACOPNE Diplomates,

This year, the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the ASCE Coasts, Ocean, Ports, Rivers Institute (COPRI) 2019 PORTS Conference in Pittsburgh on September 15-18.

We are planning a number of special 10th Anniversary events to honor the original founding ACOPNE Board members, the new class of 2018-2019 ACOPNE Diplomates and Honorary inductees, and the recipients of the two Inaugural ACOPNE awards: Service to the Academy and Outstanding Practitioner.

Ron Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE is the Inaugural recipient of the Service to the Academy Award, for his significant contributions to ACOPNE, his indelible leadership in ACOPNE, his championing of post-license board certification, and his work in advancing the practice in coastal and port engineering. Ron served on the ACOPNE Board of Trustees from 2013-2015 (as President in 2014) and on the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC) Board of Directors from 2015-2018 (as President in 2016). He also served as Past President of COPRI. We congratulate Ron and thank him for his exemplary service to ACOPNE.

The ACOPNE Board of Trustees will select the recipient of the Inaugural Outstanding Practitioner Award during its regular meeting in April.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the PORTS conference and celebrating this important milestone with you.

On January 7, ACOPNE adopted new definitions for Navigation Engineering and Port Engineering, as follows:

Port Engineering
Port Engineering involves the practice of civil, structural, mechanical and environmental engineering concerned with the planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, environmental protection, and technical functioning of dock and shoreside facilities and systems used to handle or convey people or product.

Navigation Engineering
Navigation Engineering involves the planning, design, construction and maintenance of harbors, marinas and waterways by employing works such as dredging, breakwaters, locks and dams, ice and sedimentation control contrivances, and flow training structures in an environmentally sensitive manner to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of vessels in transit or at berth, especially considering the behavior and performance of vessels subject to environmental forces, sediment related issues, traffic movement and vessel handling.

These definitions have been approved by the CEC Board of Directors and are now included in the ACOPNE Bylaws Article 2.

Adding more promising talents to our ranks is one of the most powerful things we can do to keep our achievements growing. We now have over 200 Diplomates, and our renewals are at an all-time high.

This very good news should be trumpeted far and wide. You have been pivotal to the achievements that led to this event. As our best and brightest, you’re playing a leading role in helping to build a better world and continue to be tremendous assets as we work to broaden our impact both in the U.S. and abroad.

Board certification is the highest level of advanced post-licensure certification for professional engineers (P.E.). Much more than a distinguished achievement, it brings with it a strong sense of responsibility to the community we live and work in, a commitment to optimizing the engineering solutions we develop and maximizing the benefits our work provides, and a sense of belonging and contributing to our noble profession. It takes a concerted investment and serious commitment to reach this milestone. Achieving ACOPNE Diplomate board certification is well worth the challenge. You’ve made it. You embody our profession at its best. You have a lot to proud of.

ACOPNE cannot maintain its renowned level of excellence without your participation in the Academy and its work. With your help, support and leadership by example, The Academy will continue to grow in standing and reputation, and advance the practice of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering.

Thank you for all you do for ACOPNE. We are proud of you and your achievements. For these and more, I salute you.

With profound gratitude and warmest wishes,
Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers