This year’s IADC Young Authors Award more than fulfilled its goal to recognise young people working in the fields of dredging and maritime research. At the 33rd PIANC World Congress held in San Francisco, California, June 1-5, 2014, the International Association of Dredging Companies bestowed its award on the paper, “Reducing Shoaling in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Erosion of Barrier Islands along West Galveston Bay”.
It was given to Coraggio Maglio as the presenter. The honour was shared by his team of co-authors – Kimberly Townsend, Rob Thomas, Derek Thornton, Jantzen Miller, Tricia Campbell, Lihwa Lin, Sheridan Willey, and Eric Wood – most of whom are also young professionals and all of whom are members of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The PIANC World Congress is held every four years in one of the PIANC’s member countries. It attracted some 600 delegates and exhibitors from all corners of the world and managed 5 concurrent sessions per day with more than 250 papers.
Given the participation of a large number of young researchers, selecting a winner at this conference was especially competitive. The selection was supported by the PIANC Paper Committee and experts from the IADC member companies. As IADC Secretary General Kolman remarked, after narrowing down the field to four papers, “the final choice was based on the excellent work represented by this team of young professionals as well as the high quality of Mr. Maglio’s presentation”.
Every year at selected conferences, the IADC recognises the best papers written by authors younger than 35 years of age. In each case the Conference Paper Committee is asked to recommend papers that makes a significant contribution to the literature on dredging and related fields.
The purpose of the IADC Young Authors Award is to stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry. The winner of the Award receives € 1,000 and a certificate of recognition.
Press Release, July 9, 2014