Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Vallam Sundar

Dept. of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Professor of the Ocean Engineering Department (IIT), Dr. Sundar is an expert in wave-structure interaction and coastal protection. Dr. Sundar has published over 100 papers in International journals and has about 300 papers in Conferences and national journals. He served as the Chairman of International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research - Asia and Pacific Division (IAHR-APD) from 2006 to 2010. His field is coastal engineering, harbor related problems and tsunami mitigation measures and has supervised 17 PhD's dissertations.

Prof. Dr. Ir Adam Bezuijen

Laboratory of Geothecnics, Ghent University and Deltares

As specialist in physical modelling in geotechnics, tunnelling and geotextiles, Dr. Adam Bezuijen has written and edited 6 books and published over 100 scientific publications and many reports. He was assigned to appealing research projects in the Netherlands and abroad (in the fields of coastal engineering, dredging, pysical modelling and tunnelling). Dr. Bezuijen is guest lecturer at Delft University and Senior lecturer and director of the Laboratory of Geotechnics at Ghent University. Dr. Bezuijen is editor of Geosystems. Design Rules and Applications, book plublished on 2012.

Dr. Rodolfo Silva Casarin

Instituto de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Dr. Silva Casarín is professor at the Hydraulic and Environmental Department of the Instituto de Ingeniería at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is a specialist in coastal protection and maritime structures, coastal morphodynamics, operational oceanography, coastal zone management and renewable energy. Dr. Silva has published more than 400 scientific publications in national and international journals and has supervised more than 80 coastal engineering MSc´s and PhD´s in México, Netherlands and Spain.


Mr. Douglas A. Gaffney, P.E.

Deputy Practice Leader - Coastal

Hatch Mott MacDonald

Mr. Doug Gaffney, P.E. is the Coastal Practice Leader for the northeast United States for Hatch Mott MacDonald.  He is active in coastal engineering and geosynthetics, and is the President of the Northeast Chapter of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASPBA).  He has over 30 years’ experience in coastal engineering having worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, private consulting and geosynthetic manufacturing.  Mr. Gaffney’s academic background from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and University of Delaware has been put to good use in designing projects with geosynthetic components ranging from mangrove restoration in South America to major coastal protection structures in the U.S. He is a Diplomat of Coastal Engineering.