Nominate a Colleague Today for a COPRI/ASCE Award!

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is now accepting nominations for COPRI's three awards for professional achievement. The deadline for nominations is November 1. These awards are a great opportunity to honor your colleagues who have contributed to the civil and harbor, coastal, and waterways engineering profession in significant ways. Please consider nominating a deserving COPRI/ASCE colleague for one of these awards!

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About the Awards

  • John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award
  • International Coastal Engineering Award
  • Hans Albert Einstein Award



  • Svendsen Honored and Remembered with ICE Award

    Each year since 1977 the American Society of Civil Engineers has honored a member for their outstanding leadership and development in the field of coastal engineering. This year Professor Ib Arne Svendsen, Ph.D. was honored posthumously with the 2005 International Coastal Engineering Award. A ceremony to commemorate Svendsen was held at the Waves 2005 Conference.

    A true pioneer in the field of coastal engineering, Dr. Svendsen, who was a professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Delaware, was the first researcher to show the importance of a roller at the steep front of a breaking wave in the prediction of undertow (offshore) current near the bottom that causes offshore sediment transport. Today, other researchers have widely adopted this concept in their nearshore models. He is also one of a few researchers who showed the existence of wave-induced, three-dimensional currents in surf zones.

    Dr. Svendsen receives this award in recognition of his service to the coastal engineering profession through his advancement techniques for analyzing nearshore hydrodynamics and training of coastal researchers. He was also one of the early researchers who shed light on the turbulence induced by breaking waves. The development of SHORECIRC, a computer program for the prediction of nearshore currents created by Svendsen and his Ph.D. students at the University of Delaware,has aided the many scientists and engineers who utilize the comprehensive numerical model to predict rip currents and shear waves.

    Not only has Dr. Svendsen made contributions to the field of coastal engineering he has taught numerous students who have gone on to advance the field. His research, teaching and professional leadership has greatly improved the coastal engineering world.

    Einstein Award Presented to Pokrefke

    COPRI and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) are pleased to award the 2005 Hans Albert Einstein Award to Thomas James Pokrefke, Jr., P.E.

    Established in 1988 the award, shared by the two Institutes, is presented annually to honor significant contributions to the engineering profession in the areas of erosion, control sedimentation and/or waterway development through teaching, research, planning, design or management.

    Pokrefke, a graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla with a bachelors of science in Civil Engineering and Colorado State University with a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, is being honored for his contributions to the science of fixed and movable bed modeling and in the application of his expertise in hydraulic and sediment transport processes in the design of sediment management plans and structures for enhancing waterway navigability and stream stability.

    He is currently an emeritus to the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Pokrefke began his extensive career immediately after graduation from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1968 at the Hydraulics Laboratory at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, Miss. A year later in 1969 he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps as a topographic surveyor. Before being discharged from active duty in 1971, Pokrefke reached the rank of sergeant.

    During the 1973 Mississippi River Flood, he provided technical assistance to the U.S. Army Corps in the Vicksburg District. He then returned to WES to work on the fixed-bed model of the Old River Control Structures, which were damaged in the flooding. On and off over the next thirty years Pokrefke worked on this project. He was a part of movable-bed models for some of the largest riverine projects the Corps were doing including the Smithland and Olmstead Locks and Dams on the Ohio River and Locks and Dam No. 26 (later renamed Melvin Price Locks and Dam) on the Mississippi River. His research has taken him across the country; he has conducted studies on major US rivers including the Atchafalaya and Arkansas as well as smaller rivers including the Chattahoochee, Allegheny, Monongahela and Red Rivers. These studies led to the development of dike systems which improved navigation, alignment of locks and dams for navigation, improved flood-control structures and brought about solution of sedimentation problems. Pokrefke also participated in the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Study including the hydraulic classification of aquatic areas and research to determine the impacts of present and future towboat navigation traffic on all of the backwaters and secondary channels.

    Pokrefke has been a member of ASCE for nearly 40 years, earning recognition for his service to the industry. In addition to this award he was named the 1995 Mississippi ASCE Hydraulic Engineer of the Year award, the 2004 Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award as well as the Corps of Engineers Silver de Fleury Medal.