October 7, 2021

The ACOPNE is pleased to announce the election of Steve Balint, P.E., D.OE, F.ASCE as the new At-Large Trustee on the ACOPNE Board for 2021-2024. Mr. Balint served on the ACOPNE Board as the Ex-Officio as COPRI President this past year. He will begin his 3-year term as an At-Large Trustee on the Board on October 22.

Mr. Balint has worked in the offshore industry for four decades as a designer, engineering team leader, project manager, and executive. He has lectured at University of Texas and Singapore University on dynamic and fatigue analysis of offshore fixed and floating structures, written many technical papers and holds three patents for unique offshore structural designs. He has been associated with ASCE since college when he was president of the Virginia Tech student chapter.

Mr. Balint represented ASCE on the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Board of Directors from 2006-2015, serving as Chairman from 2011-2013. He lead the expansion of the OTC Conference by helping establish the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia, in order to better accomplish the objective of fostering safer and more efficient development of offshore resources through shared technology.

Mr. Balint is a charter member of the ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and he also serves on the COPRI's Governing Board (2018-2022), serving as President from 2020-2021. Steve earned his BSCE from Virginia Tech and MECE from Tulane University. He is a registered P.E. in Texas and he is a founding ACOPNE Diplomate. Steve was the recipient of ASCE's 2014 William H Wisely Award.

Steve stated: "I'm honored to be confirmed as a Trustee on the ACOPNE Board of Directors.  ACOPNE celebrates the ethical and capable individual all engineers should all strive to become, while helping the world know the caliber and capabilities of the best in our profession - well trained, curious, and continuously learning; safely serving the public needs with integrity.  It's a challenge to turn the corner to where ACOPNE Certification is as well known as board certification is in medicine, but I believe our profession deserves it and, in these times of technological complexity, needs it.  I look forward to working with the academy to continue this mission."

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