March 8, 2019

ACOPNE proudly announce Ron Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE as the Inaugural recipient of the Service to the ACOPNE Award, for his significant contributions to the ACOPNE, for his indelible leadership in the ACOPNE, championing post-license board certification, and advancing the practice in coastal and port engineering. Mr. Noble served on the ACOPNE Board of Trustees from 2013-2015, serving as President in 2014 and he served on the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC) Board of Directors from 2015-2018, serving as President in 2016.

The Service to the ACOPNE Award was established in late 2018 to recognize a Diplomate that exemplifies leadership and service to the ACOPNE and its mission. The award will be given annually to a Diplomate of ACOPNE who has demonstrated outstanding and extensive service or contributions to the Academy.

Mr. Noble is a registered civil engineer and a Diplomate in Coastal Engineering, in Port Engineering and in Water Resources Engineering with 45 years of experience specializing in coastal-ocean engineering, navigational/dredging projects, waterfront structures, hydrologic analysis and computer modeling. He has worked on a broad cross section of coastal/oceanographic and hydrologic engineering projects involved with riverine, estuarine, and coastal processes, dredging operations, navigational surveys, flood studies and the design of port facilities, small craft harbors and waterfront structures. Projects have included beach nourishment and stabilization, coastal flooding, navigational improvements, wetlands restoration, piers, floating berths, breakwaters, bulkheads, seawalls, groins, and channel stabilization structures. He has been equally involved in overseeing engineering analyses, permit processing, engineering design, construction contract documents and bidding, and construction management for these projects.

Mr. Noble’s professional recognitions include the following: he is a past President of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and River Institute (COPRI) of ASCE; is a past Technical Region Board of Governor of ASCE; served as Chair of the Coastal Engineering Research Council and has been on the council since his appointment in July of 1980; he is a past director and a charter member of the Association of Coastal Engineers; he is a past director of both the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association; past president of the Marin Chapter of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California; and he was a Director of the World Marina Conference, Inc. which sponsored the World Marina Conference, Long Beach, California, April 29 – May 2, 1991.

He was the recipient of the 2008 ASCE International Coastal Engineering Award, the 2009 ASCE John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award, and the 2012 ASBPA Morrough P. O’Brien Award.  Mr. Noble was Chairman for the ICCE 2006 (30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering) held in San Diego, CA during September 2006, was a Co-Chair for the 2011 Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice held in San Diego, CA during August 2011, and was the General Chairman for the National Shoreline symposium, “Shoreline Forum ’79″, held in Los Angeles, California. He was also Chairman of an American Nuclear Society Committee that developed an American National Standard on Design Basis Flooding at Power Reactor Sites, was a member of the ANS Committee on Site Evaluation of Power Reactor Sites, and was the U.S. Expert Representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency Committee (IAEA) for Development of the International Standard on Design Basis Floods for Nuclear Power Plants on Coastal Sites. Ron was elected to Distinguished Member status by ASCE in 2015, the highest recognition given to ASCE members.

Ron stated the following on his recognition:

"I am very honored to be selected for this Inaugural Service to the ACOPNE Award, especially when considering that there are so many other deserving ACOPNE professionals. It was my pleasure to serve on the ACOPNE Board and to help us in strengthening our post-licensing board certification.

Thank you as I will cherish this award, and I enjoy serving our important civil engineering profession, especially the specialty disciplines covered by ACOPNE."


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