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Student & Young Professionals Programs

PORTS '22 will feature an expanded Student and Young Professionals program including the return of our “Port Engineering 101” course, especially focused for early-career port engineers, but equally applicable to mid-career engineers transitioning into the port industry, or senior-level managers who have port engineering oversight duties.

Young Professionals Reception – Sunday Evening

All young professionals are invited to this first Young Professionals event via a casual meet and greet! What better way to network amongst your peers from different parts of the world over great food and drinks! 

Location: Nautilus Suite
Date: Sunday, September 18th 
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: FREE 

Young Professionals Networking Event – Monday Lunch

Are you a young professional (35 years old and under) looking to gain invaluable insight from other  seasoned engineers and your peers? 
If you answered YES, join us at the Younger Member Networking Event! This event connects emerging, diverse young professionals with seasoned professionals that are passionate about giving back during the PORTS ‘22 Conference through facilitating a networking/mentorship event. 
lunch and fun are free and provided for all attendees! Be sure to download the conference app once it is available to receive updates and venue location.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: Coral 4
Date: Monday September 19th
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cost: FREE 

Young Professionals Team Building Event – Monday Afternoon

Team building event!

Join us for an afternoon of team building and professional networking whileoutrigger canoes on Waikiki Beach simultaneously participating in a unique Hawaiian experience: outrigger canoeing. Participants will be randomly divided into teams of ten to race against one another in an effort to be crowned the tournament’s champion. While your team is not racing, or if you aren’t interested in racing, we will have music and beach activities like volleyball for you to enjoy as you watch the tournament unfold. So bring your competitive spirit, and get ready to make lasting professional connections! We look forward to meeting you!            

Location: The Beach
Date: Monday September 19th
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $50

Young Professionals Happy Hour – Monday Evening

All young professionals are invited to this casual Happy Hour! What better way to network amongst your own peers from different parts of the world over great food and drinks! 

Location: TBD
Date: Monday, September 19th 
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: TBD

Young Professionals Team Competition – Tuesday Afternoon

We are proud to announce and invite all young professionals to participate in the Team Building Competition! This contest will test your hands-on engineering and teamworking skills by creating a catapult launcher. No prior experience needed, all materials (and FUN) will be provided, and all younger members are welcome! 

Location: TBD
Date: Tuesday, September 20th 
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00  pm
Cost: FREE

Student Paper Competition

The COPRI Ports & Harbors Committee will once again hold the Student Paper Competition for the PORTS ’22 Conference. The winners of the competition will present their papers within the technical program which will take place between September 18–21, 2022, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii. Winners will also have their names and presentation titles listed in the conference program and will be published in the PORTS ’22 Proceedings.

The top four submissions will receive complimentary registration, access to the exhibit hall, as well as travel and hotel costs compensated up to $1,200 to attend the conference. The top three papers will be awarded a cash prize. Final scoring for the paper competition will be based on both the paper content and the delivered presentation.

The deadline for abstract submissions has passed. Draft paper submissions are due March 25, 2022, and final papers are due April 3, 2022.

Papers should be submitted as a pdf and follow the ASCE Paper Formatting Instructions. Send completed submissions to the PORTS’22 Student & Younger Member Committee at [email protected].



Note: Abstracts submitted in the general conference call for papers before July 7, 2021, but were not accepted, may be considered for the student competitions if they are resubmitted.

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