Congratulations to Marianna Fleming, EIT, ENV SP, who was recently selected as the Young Professional Representative for the United States section of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) standards committee for the Working Group 236 on “Sustainable Management of the Navigability of Free Flow Rivers” (WG 236).
PIANC is a worldwide scientific organization established to promote both inland and maritime navigation by fostering progress in the planning, design, construction, improvement, maintenance and operation of inland and maritime waterways and ports and of coastal areas for general use. The United States Army Corps of Engineers serves as the secretariat for PIANC USA. PIANC USA works with 40 other nations to address a broad range of policy, engineering, and environmental issues for the advancement of waterborne transportation.
The goals of the working group include developing guidelines to improve and maintain navigability in free-flowing rivers, assessing the sustainability of river training works intended to improve navigability, assessing the sustainability of dynamic river management, highlighting technical, operational, economic, and environmental considerations related to free flow rivers vs. canals and other regulated rivers, and improve the understanding of physical processes in free-flowing rivers with or without river training works.
Marianna is a 2019 civil engineering graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology. She joined Marine Solutions in 2020 as a project engineer and obtained her dive certificate this past summer. She is also an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and was instrumental in bringing Marine Solutions onboard as an Envision Qualified company.