Bruno to co-chair 2006 ASBPA National Conference

Stevens and Monmouth presidents to serve as honorary co-chairs

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Michael Bruno, Professor and Director of the Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology's Davidson Laboratory, will co-chair the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association's 2006 National Conference.

Bruno shares the position with Noreen Bodman, past President of the Jersey Shore Partnership and Executive Director of The Schoor DePalma Community Foundation. Bodman also sits on the board of directors of the ASBPA and the American Coastal Coalition.

The three-day conference, "Enhancing Our Nation's Coast Through Science, Technology and Education," will be held October 9 to 11 at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, N.J. The conference will feature national and international scientists and scholars in the fields of oceanography, the coastal environment, beach preservation and other issues of importance to the shore communities and the millions of people who live near, or benefit from, the coastal environment. The ASBPA (www.asbpa.org) is the pre-eminent national coastal advocacy organization, which works on issues unique to shore states.

Dr. Harold J. Raveché, president of Stevens, and Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, president of Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J., will serve as honorary co-chairs for the conference. Both Dr. Raveché and Gaffney will make opening remarks on the first day of the conference. Gaffney will also present, "The Ocean Commission: Long-term strategies for coastal preservation and the federal-state-local partnerships needed for success," later that day during the plenary session.

Thomas Herrington, Associate Professor in Stevens' Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering Department and Davidson Laboratory, is scheduled to present two sessions of "Beaches 101" during the second day of the conference. Additionally, Nickitas Georgas, a Ph.D. candidate and Senior Research Engineer at Stevens' Davidson Laboratory, and the 2006 recipient of the ASBPA's 2006 Educational Award, will present his paper, "An Operational Coastal Wave Forecasting Model for New Jersey and Long Island Waters." The award is given annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who, through his or her research, is furthering the state of science of coastal or riverine systems as it relates to the goals and mission of the ASBPA.

Also on Day 2, Jon Miller, a Research Assistant Professor in Ocean Engineering, will present his paper and deliver the talk, "Variations in the Nearshore - Offshore Wave Climate of New Jersey."

Stevens Institute has accomplished groundbreaking work concerning the interaction of environmental systems and in research involving maritime systems, including port and harbor security. The Institute has been actively involved in researching and evaluating methods of shore protection and structures that will prolong beach replenishment and has led the way in ocean and coastal research.

Stevens has provided technical assistance to shore municipalities to study problems of shore protection and to find alternatives to protect beaches and property from storm damage. The Institute works with New Jersey Sea Grant on educational and outreach programs on shore issues. It also is a leader in the integrated coastal observing and monitoring system that provides hourly information on the coast, shoreline erosion and beach action. Monmouth University recently created the Urban Coast Institute headed by Tony MacDonald to study the interaction between the coastal environment and urban and suburban communities. Admiral Gaffney served on the United States Ocean Policy Commission, the first comprehensive review of ocean issues and policies conducted in several decades. His career in the Navy focused on oceanography, research administration and education.

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About the Jersey Shore Partnership
The Jersey Shore Partnership, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization based on Sandy Hook, was founded after the Halloween storm of 1991. The Partnership is an independent partner of New Jersey Business and Industry Association and its more than 21,000 member companies. Additional information regarding shore issues can be found at the Partnership's website, www.jerseyshorepartnership.com.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. Located directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.Stevens.edu. For the latest news about Stevens, please visit www.StevensNewsService.com.


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