ASCE Honors Schmeltz with Its OPAL Lifetime Achievement Award for Design

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August 6, 2014

Schmeltz_Ed - DesignEdward J. Schmeltz, P.E., F.ASCE, who has been the designer for some of the finest and most iconic and leading-edge projects, including the Pier 400 Development for the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Sines in Portugal, is the recipient of ASCE’s 2015 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement award for design. Senior vice president and director of Maritime and Special Projects at AECOM, Schmeltz has for 35 years been responsible for projects in a variety of ports and harbors in the U.S. and internationally. His experience includes the planning, design, and construction engineering related to the development of petrochemical, container, and general cargo facilities as well as dredging and coastal engineering projects. Schmeltz has worked on some of the world’s largest marine projects and his extensive portfolio of projects has taken him to 21 states, 37 countries, and all 7 continents. Work has ranged from container facilities, liquid bulk terminals, and bulk handling facilities to military and coastal engineering projects. Among his most compelling projects was with U.S. Navy in designing berth and support facilities for the battleships U.S.S Iowa in New York Harbor and U.S.S. Missouri in Pearl Harbor; entrancing channel improvements for CVN nuclear aircraft carriers in San Diego; and berth and support facilities for the Trident nuclear submarines in Kings Bay, Georgia. Another landmark design was restoring Whiskey Island, one of the barrier islands that protect New Orleans. A graduate of the Newark College of Engineering with bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and of Texas A&M University with a master’s in mechanical engineering, Schmeltz in 2010 was an inaugural inductee into ASCE’s Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), where he obtained specialty certification in Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineering. He recently was appointed to the Academy’s Board of Governors. In 2012, Schmeltz was selected to serve a 4-year term as PIANC USA Commission, where his responsibilities in the U.S. National Commission are to manage the activities of PIANC (World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure) in such a manner as will best advance the purposes of U.S. maritime and inland waterway interests and to promote the objectives of the U.S. Section PIANC in the U.S. Author of over 25 technical publications related to maritime projects and issues, he was in 1988 presented the Admiral Frederic R. Harris Award for Professional Excellence.

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