ASCE has honored Inigo Javier Losada, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2017 John G. Moffatt–Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award for his internationally recognized contributions to coastal engineering, including his direct involvement in the development of a renowned research organization, creation of practice-oriented numerical models that are widely used by the profession, and education and mentoring the next generation of coastal engineers.
Losada’s global stature within the coastal engineering profession was recognized when he was invited to coordinate the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s section on impacts in coastal and low-lying areas. His significant contributions to the art and science of coastal engineering are reflected in his authorship of more than 120 journal papers that have been widely cited, his leadership at the world-renowned research institute in IH Cantabria, with a staff of 150 coastal researchers and one of the most sophisticated wave-testing basins in the world, and his mentoring of more than 20 Ph.D. students.
He also serves as editor of the journal Coastal Engineering and is a member of ASCE’s Coastal Engineering Research Council.
The John G. Moffatt–Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award is given to a member of ASCE who has made a definite contribution in the field of harbor and coastal engineering in the form of either written presentations or notable performance, and serves to recognize new ideas and concepts that can be efficiently implemented to expand the engineering or construction techniques available for the harbor and coastal projects.