News Release| Diplomate; Cal State L.A.

August 19, 2011

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CSULA emeritus professor to be inducted as an Academy ‘Diplomate’

Young C. Kim recognized for earning a specialty credential in coastal engineering

Los Angeles, CA -- A pioneer in coastal and hydraulics engineering, Cal State L.A.’s Emeritus Professor Young C. Kim (South Pasadena resident) will be inducted as a “Diplomate” into the Academy of Coastal Ocean Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) during the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Coastal Engineering Practice Conference on Monday, Aug. 22, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

The ASCE will present a certificate plaque and a pin to Kim in acknowledgement of his commitment to professional development and continuing education for other civil engineers to follow. Kim is one of 21 academy members to be honored for his achievements in higher education at this year’s induction ceremony.

The ACOPNE was created to offer a voluntary, post-license credential that provides professional engineers an opportunity to gain further recognition in the field 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,” said ACOPNE President Billy Edge.

A CSULA faculty member from 1965 to 2005, Kim also served as chair of the University’s Department of Civil Engineering for 15 years, and was a recipient the University’s 1993-94 Outstanding Professor Award. He is currently serving as faculty adviser for the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Exam Review Course offered by the College of Extended Studies and International Programs at CSULA. Kim received his bachelor’s degree from USC, his master’s degree from Caltech and Ph.D. from USC.

Kim’s impressive background includes having served as a consultant to the U.S. Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory and Science Engineering Associates, where he investigated the wave forces on the Howard-Doris platform structure in Ninian Field, North Sea. He also spent a year at the Delft Technological University and Delft Hydraulics Laboratory in the Netherlands as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Senior Fellow in Science, as well as six months in Japan as a visiting scientist for the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science Program. He is past chairman of the Executive Committee of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Additionally, he was the conference organizer of the Symposium of Utilization of Ocean Waves held at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 1986, and he served on the organizing committee of the XXVII Congress of the International Association for Hydraulic Research in 1997.

Founded in October 2009 by practicing Coastal Ocean Port & Navigation Engineers (COPNE) who are members of the ASCE Coastal Ocean Port and Rivers Institute (COPRI), ACOPNE aims to improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the COPNE profession and provide recognition to those individuals who have excelled in one or more of the sub-disciplines embraced by COPRI. COPNE is the branch of civil engineering engaged in the sustainable development and protection of coastal, ocean, port and navigation environments for the benefit of society in the United States and foreign countries.

For more information about ACOPNE, go to For more information about the 2011 CEP Conference, visit

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