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Edge inducted to Academy of Coastal Ocean Port and Navigation Engineers

Dr. Edge
Dr. Edge

Dr. Billy Edge, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at North Carolina State University and program manager for coastal processes and engineering at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, was among 32 inaugural inductees to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Academy of Coastal Ocean Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE).

Edge is president of the academy, which was founded in 2009 by practicing coastal ocean port and navigation engineers who are members of the ASCE Coastal Ocean Port and Rivers Institute. ACOPNE was established to offer a voluntary, post-license credential that provides professional engineers an opportunity to gain further recognition in the fields of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering.

“Adding a specialty credential beyond the professional license is an important trend in all professions to protect the public and to recognize leaders in the field who have specialized education, sufficient experience and meet the highest ethical standards,” Edge said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the reception from the profession and the public with the rollout of the academy.”

Edge’s research interests are in sustainable engineering practices in the coastal environment, coastal engineering, dredging technology, coastal zone management, hydraulic engineering and modeling of coastal processes.

Edge received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1964 and 1966, respectively. He received his PhD in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in 1969.