Upcoming Meeting: 

On behalf of MG William “Butch” Graham Jr., I would like to notify you of the Board on Coastal Engineering Research (BCER) Executive Session to be held in Norfolk, VA at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, located at 425 Water St, Portsmouth, VA 23704 on 19-20 March 2024.

99th BCER Announcement Letter-Norfolk

99th BCER Agenda

BCER Memberships Current

99th BCER Registration Form Norfolk, VA

99th BCER eBook

CERB Documents

CERB Overview

The Coastal Engineering Research Board is a seven-member advisory board to the Chief of Engineers and was established by Public Law in 1963. It was originally the Beach Erosion Board established in 1930.

The CERB provides the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, through the Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“the Chief of Engineers”), independent advice and recommendations to the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, which includes the Coastal Engineering Research Center, on coastal engineering research priorities and additional functions as assigned by the Chief of Engineers. The Board reports to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army through the Chief of Engineers who may act upon the Board’s advice and recommendations.

The Board meets semi-annually around the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific and the Great Lake coastlines on a rotating basis.


The Chair of the Board is the Corps’ Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations.
The other three military members are senior Corps commanders of coastal or Great Lakes Divisions and usually serve until their tenure is completed at a division.

The three civilian members are civilian engineers or scientists recommended by the Chief of Engineers for their expertise in the broad field of coastal engineering and science and serve from one to four years not to exceed two consecutive terms of service.


Major General

William H. “Butch” Graham

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations

BCER Chair

Washington, DC


Brigadier General

John P. Lloyd

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

North Atlantic Division


Brooklyn, NY

Maj. Gen. Diana M. Holland
Brigadier General

Daniel H. Hibner 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

South Atlantic Division


Atlanta, GA


Col. James J. Handura, PMPColonel

James J. Handura

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

South Pacific Division


San Francisco, CA


Dr. Julie Dean Rosati 

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center 

Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory


Falk Feddersen
Lewis “Ed” Link, PhD


University of Maryland

Dept. of Civil Engineering Research

College Park, MD

H. Tuba Ozkan-Haller, PhD

Interim Dean

Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Corvallis, OR






3rd Civilian BCER member in review process


Executive Secretary: Ms. Tanita S. Warren, U.S. Army Engineer Research and  Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory.