Jennifer L. Irish, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, F.ASCE, professor of coastal engineering at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Irish is an expert in storm surge dynamics, coastal hazard assessment, and nature-based infrastructure for coastal hazard mitigation. Prior to joining academia in 2006, she served as Regional Technical Specialist in coastal engineering for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
She has published 50 journal articles, and her work has been cited more than 2000 times (GoogleScholar). These scholarly contributions advanced understanding in four areas within coastal engineering and science: airborne lidar bathymetry in the coastal zone, nature-based infrastructure for coastal hazard mitigation, physics of storm surge and related probabilistic surge hazard assessment, and impacts of sea-level rise at the coast. For these contributions, Irish was honored with the Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award and twice honored with the Department of the Army’s Commander’ Award for Civilian Service, among other awards.
Irish has held leadership roles in ASCE since 2005. Currently, she is Chair of ASCE’s Committee on Technical Advancement (Executive Committee Member since 2014), a member of the Coastal Engineering Research Council, and associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering (since 2014). Irish previously served as COPRI Board of Governors secretary (2008-2012) and as a member of ACOPNE’s Board of Trustees (2012-2015). She has also held numerous leadership and membership roles in ASCE and COPRI technical and awards committees.