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PORTS® '19

Continuing a long tradition of excellence, PORTS® '19: “Connect. Innovate. Transform” will be the fifteenth in a series of international port and harbor development specialty conferences held on a triennial basis since 1977. This immensely successful series of conferences has consistently drawn an international audience of port, harbor, waterway, and marine professionals who come to share their knowledge and learn from the experiences of others. The papers and presentations promise to cover a broad spectrum of topics dealing with a multitude of issues facing the ports and harbors community.

Professionals from around the globe are expected to share their endeavors in the planning, financing, permitting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and security of port facilities. Those who attend the conference will leave with a greater understanding of the challenges faced by their peers, and gain valuable insight into how those challenges were overcome.

Due to the overwhelming response to past calls for papers and the success of the PORTS conference series, PORTS® '19 will maintain an expanded and diverse technical program. This expanded program provides additional opportunities to present ideas and experiences—including entire sessions devoted to panel/round-table discussions of timely topics and vendor presentations of materials, processes, and equipment relevant to the maritime development community.

The PORTS Conference series is internationally recognized as an outstanding opportunity to network with hundreds of professionals who share similar challenges and concerns. Please join us in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 15 to 18, 2019. Share your valuable experience with the global ports and harbors development community by submitting an abstract for consideration. The COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee invites you to become part of the PORTS conference tradition of advancing the art and science of port engineering and improving our maritime world.

PORTS® '19 Steering Committee

  • Organizing Chair: Elizabeth Burkhart, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, Collins Engineers, Inc.
  • Technical Program Co-Chair: Pooja Jain, P.E., P.Eng, S.E., M.ASCE, Moffatt & Nichol
  • Technical Program Co-Chair: Bill Stahlman, P.E., M.ASCE, America's Central Port
  • Short Course Chair: Dan O'Connor, P.E., M.ASCE, Collins Engineers, Inc.
  • Technical Tours Chair: Monique Anderson, P.E., M.ASCE, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
  • Keynote and Plenary Chair: Azadeh Bozorgzadeh, P.E., M.ASCE, Moffatt & Nichol
  • Gala/Social Chair: Kelly Barnes, USACE, Institute for Water Resources
  • Gala/Social Chair: Imee Osantowski, P.E., M.ASCE, Port of Oakland (retired)
  • Moderator Chair: Phillip Erbland, P.E., M.ASCE, S&ME
  • Student/YM Chair: Jon Benvenuto, United States Coast Guard
  • Student/YM Chair: Charlie Roberts, P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE, Childs Engineering
  • Budget Chair: Bryan Jones, P.E., D.PE, D.CE, M.ASCE, HDR
  • Sustainability Co-Chair: Bryan Jones, P.E., D.PE, D.CE, M.ASCE, HDR
  • Sponsorship and Exhibitor Chair: Mike Wray, P.E., M.ASCE, BergerABAM
  • Local Chair: Mike Wagner, P.E., M.ASCE, Urban Engineers, Inc.

Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of ASCE

Created in 2000, the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) is a semi-autonomous institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the country’s oldest national engineering society. COPRI’s services are designed to complement ASCE’s traditional civil engineering base, and attract non-engineering allied professionals who seek to enhance their professional and technical development.

COPRI serves its membership and society by uniting the disciplines working to sustainably develop, protect and restore coasts, oceans, ports, waterways, rivers and wetlands; integrating the key stakeholders into decision-making processes; advancing technological state of art and practice; and influencing public policy.


The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) is a forum for professional organizations to share developments and exchange knowledge of worldwide trends and challenges in port and waterway development and management. Founded in 1885, PIANC originally stood for the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses, but changed its name to the current in 2009. PIANC’s goal is to advance the sustainable development of shallow and deep-draft navigation issues including dredging and dredged material disposal, navigation and port infrastructure, recreational navigation and related environmental matters.

COPRI and PIANC work together to bring the PORTS conference series to you.

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