USACE Board on Coastal Engineering Research (CERB)


Office of the Director, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory

Upcoming Meeting: Executive Session, Dates 17-18 Mar 2021, Duck, NC

2012 89th CERB Memo Outcomes

2012 Executive CERB Outcomes​

2015 92nd CERB Memo Outcomes

2018 95th CERB Memo Outcomes

2018 Executive CERB Outcomes 

2019 96th CERB Memo Outcomes

2020 Executive CERB Outcomes


97th CERB Presentations (if asked, use "12345678" as the password)

Past CERB Proceedings:

Executive Session Minutes: March 2018- Duck, NC

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 President 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.

The Commander and Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center act as the Executive Secretary of the CERB and are responsible for all administrative functions of the Board.


MG Spellmon
Deputy Commanding General for
Civil and Emergency Operations
Maj. Gen. William “Butch” Graham
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC  20314-1000

U.S. Army Engineer Division, North Atlantic
Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Tickner
Fort Hamilton Military Community
301 General Lee Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11252-6700
Maj. Gen. Diana M. Holland
COL Jason E. Kelly
U.S. Army Engineer Division, South Atlantic
60 Forsyth Street, SW, Room 9M15
Atlanta, GA 30303-8801

U.S. Army Engineer Division, South Pacific
BG. Paul E. Owen
1455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA  94103-1398
Dr. Julie Dean Rosati
Dr. Julie Dean Rosati
U.S. Army Engineer Research and
Development Center
Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199


Dr. Nicole Elko
Dr. Nicole Elko
Elko Coastal Consulting, Inc.
403 E Huron Ave,
Folly Beach, SC 29439
Falk Feddersen
Falk Feddersen, Ph.D.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0209
La Jolla, CA  92093-0209
Dr. Robert Holman
Dr. Robert Holman
Oregon State University
104 Ocean Admin Bldg.
Corvallis, OR 97331