Established in 2008, PIANC USA Fellows are members of the Association who have attained acknowledged eminence in the field of maritime and inland navigation as it relates to ports, waterways, and/or the environment. Fellows have made significant technical or professional contributions to the work of PIANC and have demonstrated notable long-term achievements. The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the Association and shall be conferred by the National Commission upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in PIANC’s areas of interest. The accomplishments that are being honored shall have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of the sustainable development of waterborne transport, bringing the realization of significant value to the Association. PIANC Fellows are entitled to a lifetime membership, including all the rights and privileges of the Association.
Nominees for the designation of “PIANC Fellow” must be individual members of PIANC USA who have made outstanding and long-term contributions to the mission of the association by presenting papers, participating in working groups, commissions, or other specific activities in support of PIANC.
A candidate for the grade of Fellow must be nominated by one Fellow and one Member. Each nomination form should be accompanied by a complete resume of the nominee (and short biographical summary), a 200-word rationale statement, and a minimum of two letters of endorsement. Rationale statements should describe the nominee’s significant technical or professional contributions to the work of PIANC and show how they have demonstrated notable long-term achievements by presenting papers, participating in working groups, commissions, or other specific activities in support of PIANC. Letters of endorsement can come from someone other than the nominators. Nominations will be reviewed by the National Commission.
The National Commission in its evaluation of a nominee’s qualifications depends upon the rationale statement of the nominators and the supporting letters. Proper completion of the nomination form is necessary for a timely review and approval or disapproval. The letters of endorsement should avoid repetition of the information contained in the biography and rather should state, based on their personal knowledge, as to how the contribution of the candidate has benefited PIANC and the navigation industry.
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