October 14, 2019

Dear Fellow Diplomates, As the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers commemorated our 10th year since our launch in 2009, I am grateful to have been able to serve as the ACOPNE President this past year.

I join with the ACOPNE staff and the entire past and present ACOPNE Board of Trustees to extend our sincere gratitude to our outgoing Past-President, Andrew H. Cairns and out-going Trustee Bill Kinney and Ex-Officio Imee Osantowski. They have made the ACOPNE stronger and more viable for the future. They will be remembered for their dedicated service and positive and warm disposition.

Thanks to your exemplary efforts, we have continued to make great strides in forwarding our program and our growth, partnering with COPRI and other COPNE-related organizations, and working toward our common goals: to improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the profession of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering. All of you will be tremendous assets as we work to broaden our impact both in the U.S. and abroad.

Over the past year, ACOPNE Board members, committees and staff have worked to increase the visibility of Board Certification for our ACOPNE Diplomates through our various activities and participation at major engineering conferences.

We launched two new ACOPNE awards for recognizing Diplomates who are enriching our profession: Outstanding Practitioner in Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineering and Service to the Academy. We will continue to build more diversity on our Board and make great strides in better articulating the value of being a Diplomate; forwarding our program and our growth; and partnering with ASCE, COPRI and other related professional organizations. We are also committed to working more collaboratively toward our common goals. These efforts will give us the power to transform and shape the future of our industry and our profession, create a better tomorrow and make great things happen today for our Diplomates and the larger communities we serve.

Thank you for your indefatigable commitment to strengthening and upholding the high standards of our great profession, and for your exemplary support of ACOPNE. You embody our profession at its best.

One of life’s greatest privileges is to serve others. As Nobel Prize winning writer Rabindranath Tagore noted, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” What you do matters. You are making a tangible difference in our world and touching the lives of people everywhere through the work you do. You are an inspiring force for all of us.

Together, we are building a remarkable force for the greater good that will shape the future for decades to come. And we’ve only just begun! I look forward with keen anticipation to what we will achieve together, inspired by one another.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the working committees, and the staff of ACOPNE and ASCE, thank you for your passionate commitment, your generous support, and all that you do for our profession.

One of my favorite poet, Khalil Gibran, said, “Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”

With your passionate leadership, ACOPNE is advancing with power and vision, enabling each Diplomate to solve problems and create solutions that improve quality of life and make the world more sustainable. I am humbled and honored to have been part of that journey with you.

Thank you very much.

Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE
ACOPNE 2019 President
Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers