The principal business of PIANC is the sponsorship of technical working groups. The U.S. Section is represented by Principal and Co-Principal Members of the Commissions managing technical working group activities. The U.S. representatives are:
Environmental Commission – Burton Suedel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Principal Representative); Eddie Brauer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (YP observer).
Inland Navigation Commission – Jose Sanchez, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Principal Representative); Brian Tetreault, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Alternate Representative); Brian Ball, City of Mt. Vernon, OH (YP Observer).
Maritime Navigation Commission – Ron Hefron, Moffatt & Nichol (Principal Representative); Richard Styles, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Alternate Representative); Christopher Thomas, Bechtel (YP Observer).
Recreational Navigation Commission – Jonathan Armbruster, Taylor Engineering (Principal Representative); Mark Pirrello, Moffatt & Nichol (Alternate Representative); Matthew Trammell, Taylor Engineering (YP Observer).
International Cooperation Commission – Edward Schmeltz, AECOM (Commission Chair); Kevin Knight, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Principal Rep); Mr. Abbas Sarmad, AECOM.
Promotion Commission – Rachel Grandpre, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources.
Young Professionals Commission – Andrew Thomas, CH2M Hill (Commission Co-Chair), Mr. Christopher G. Siverd, Ph.D. student, Louisiana State University, Andrea Vietri, Moffatt & Nichol
In accordance with Appendix B of the PIANC USA Rules and Regulations, the duties of representatives on the Technical Commissions are as follows:
- Attend meetings of the Technical Commission. Notify the Office of PIANC USA about plans to attend a meeting. Following the meeting submit a written report to the Secretary of PIANC USA. The report should summarize the meeting and note action items for which PIANC USA is responsible.
- Recommend subjects for study by working groups and international study commissions.
- In consultation with other Technical Commission representatives, evaluate the terms of reference proposed for new working groups.
- When a working group is proposed by the U.S., the representative is responsible for seeing that it is promptly and accurately presented to the Commission and guide the terms of reference though the approval process.
- Gather information that may be needed to revise the proposed terms of reference.
- Determine that the terms of reference reflect the interests of PIANC USA.
- Serve as monitor to a working group. Make a report on the status of the working group at meetings of the Technical Commission. Provide guidance to chairperson of the working group concerning content of report, technical information or problems of scheduling.
- Review draft working group reports, if requested to do so.
- Maintain contact with U.S. chairmen of working groups, offering assistance with problems which are appropriate to bring up at meetings of the Technical Commission. Problems may include lack of cooperation from a representative of another country as well as poor performance on the part of a U.S. representative.
- Assist with selection of a member(s) of PIANC USA to serve as a working group representative. Assist with formation of a sub-committee to work with the U.S. representative.
- Provide other assistance when requested by the Secretary of PIANC USA or the Chairperson of the Technical Commission.
- Make a report on activities of the Technical Commission at the semi-annual meetings of the U.S. Commission. The report shall be submitted in writing and may be presented verbally if the representative wishes to attend the Commission meeting at his/her own expense.
- When necessary coordinate work with other Commissions.