April 28, 2015

Michael A. Ports, P.E., P.H., BCEE, D.NE, D.WRE, F.ASCE is the recipient of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) Inaugural Service to the Academy Award.  The Service to the Academy Award was established in October 2014 and it recognizes a Diplomate or Honorary Diplomate who has demonstrated outstanding and extensive service and contributions to the goals and mission of the AAWRE.  Mr. Ports is recognized for his continuous service and contributions to the objectives of the AAWRE through his work on the Admissions and Eminence Committees and his outstanding outreach efforts to recruit new professional engineers and work on the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC).

Mr. Ports is an eminent practitioner with more than 40 years of planning, analysis, design, and construction experience in a broad spectrum of water resources engineering applications, including surface water hydrology and hydraulics, storm water management, master planning, soil and water conservation, urban drainage and flood control, river training works, fishery and wildlife habitat mitigation and design, stream channel restoration, erosion and sediment control, environmental impact assessment, water law, sediment transport modeling, bridge scour analysis, and environmental regulatory compliance. 

Mr. Ports has represented the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on water resources issues before the Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, and United States Congress.  Mike has served as an expert witness before state courts in Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia, and federal courts in Louisiana, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  In addition, he has advised the national governments of Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Paraguay, and Taiwan on water resources issues.

Michael’s contributions to the foundations and early beginning of the AAWRE began with his involvement on the ASCE’s task committee on post-licensure certification, which resulted in the founding of the AAWRE.  Michael played a vital role in the formation of the founding AAWRE Board of Trustees, AAWRE bylaws and standards.  He also served on vital committees that help launch the ASCE’s Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and the AAWRE’s overseeing body, the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc.

Mr. Ports served as the AAWRE’s president in 2008, president of the EWRI in 2005 and currently serves as the president of the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE).  Michael served as the technical region governor for the ASCE’s board of direction in 2004-2006 and participated on ASCE’s National Energy, Environment and Water Policy Committee.  Michael also has been active in many of the EWRI’s technical committees such as the Urban Water Resources Research Council, Urban Watershed Management Committee, Urban Watershed Management Symposium Committee, and the Urban Water Infrastructure Committee.

Michael has received numerous awards for his contributions to the technical literature and his profession, receiving the EWRI’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  He has authored more than 150 technical papers, articles, reports, and chapters on subjects ranging from hydrologic analysis, computer modeling, master planning, and geomorphology to erosion and sediment control, water law, flood plain management, stormwater planning, and urban watershed management.  As member of a panel, Michael has provided independent expert peer review services in hydrologic and hydraulic engineering for multiple Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System projects in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.  Mandated by Congress, these high-level peer review efforts are part of the process by which the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers designs, builds, and operates the flood protection system.

Mr. Ports has had a distinguished career in the engineering field, having worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Black & Veatch and Maryland Water Resources Administration.  He is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and now runs his private consulting firm Ports Engineering in Jacksonville, Florida.  Michael will be presented the Inaugural AAWRE Service to the Academy award at AAWRE’s 11th Annual Ceremony on May 18 in Austin, Texas, during the EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress.

>To contact Michael: [email protected]