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USACE’S COASTAL ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM MR. JOSE E. SANCHEZ, P.E., SES Director, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180, USA. Jose.E.Sanchez@erdc.usace.army.milAbstract:As the Nation’s Coastal Engineer, the Corps of Engineers (USACE) recognizesthe necessity for maintaining highly qualified coastal engineers to meet presentand future challenges in this critical mission area. The growing interest amongengineers in this discipline was acknowledged, but the lack of a formaleducational strategy across academia, encouraged USACE to explore innovativealternatives. To meet this need, a unique course of study was developed,coupling the staffs and facilities of the U.S. Army Engineer Research andDevelopment Center (ERDC) and four universities. The Corps of Engineers’Coastal Engineering Certificate Program (CECECP) provides a means for USACEengineers and scientists to obtain certification in coastal engineering throughaccredited university programs while collaborating with ERDC’s Coastal andHydraulics Laboratory researchers. The program combines classroominstruction and computer modeling with hands-on research applied to real-world projects. It was designed for USACE employees that have quantitativebackground in scientific or engineering fields and are new to coastal engineering,or for coastal engineers to extend their knowledge and experience.The CECEP will provide engineering professionals with fundamental knowledgeof the dynamics of the coastal and ocean environment and equip them with thenecessary tools to solve engineering problems involving coastal and offshoreprocesses and structures. Students completing the CECEP will have the ability toapply fundamental math, science, and engineering principles using analyticaland numerical methods to solve problems in the coastal and ocean sciences.Although the program was developed for USACE professionals, the programmay be expanded in the future to include qualified consultants. This paper willpresent the approach and strategy that was developed to impart the neededknowledge to the intended community.
Sanchez, J. E. (2015, June), USACE’s Coastal Engineering Certificate Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24974
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