Member Spotlight

Edward F. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E.
COPRI member Edward F. Thompson, Ph.D., P.E., has been awarded the 2006 ERDC Research and Development Achievement Award by the Army Corp's Engineer Research and Development Center. This award was bestowed to Ed and collaborator and fellow COPRI member Dr. Jeffrey Melby in recognition of their research on a new time-based empirical simulation method for determining least-cost coastal structure designs. This research provides new insight into the life-cycle response of structures that will improve the analytical capability to determine risk of new and existing projects and enable maintenance priorities to be established among projects competing for limited operations funds.

Ed is a Research Hydraulic Engineer in the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) in Vicksburg, MS. His research interests include wave transformation along coasts and in harbors and modeling with several Corp's numerical models including STWave and CGWave. He has been a Branch Chief of the Oceanography Branch in CHL.

Dr. Thompson, a COPRI and ASCE member since graduation from Caltech and George Washington University, has been editor of COPRI's Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering. Over the years, he has taught many Corp's workshops and seminars and a course in Design of Ports and Harbor at Texas A&M University as an adjunct professor. Ed has announced his retirement from the Corps of Engineers at the end of September after almost 37 years.