The CIRP holds several technology-transfer workshops each year. The main workshop takes
place in conjunction with and prior to the National Beach Preservation Technology Conference
in Florida, typically at the end of January. The workshop theme changes: in year 2000, it was
numerical modeling and field data collection; in 2001 desktop tools; and in 2002 Geographic
Information Systems for inlet and beach management. Corps of Engineers District staff,
consulting engineers, university students and faculty, and others attend these workshops.
The CIRP also holds workshops around the country targeted on topics of interest to the
attendees of the area. In July of this year, a CIRP workshop will be held at CHL for operation of
coupled, advanced tidal circulation and wave models. The modeling system includes nested
grids that can be embedded at project level in the Corps' large regional calculation grids that
provide rigorous tidal and storm boundary conditions.
Support of Universities
Each year, the CIRP supports 10 - 15 graduate students in science and engineering at ten or
more universities around the country. The student research program provides stable funding for
both M.S. and Ph.D. students conducting research in areas of interest to the CIRP mission and
work units. Each June, the CIRP-sponsored students and their faculty members participate in a
3-day round of seminars at the CHL in Vicksburg, Mississippi. At the "Annual CIRP Student
Seminar," students, faculty, and CIRP investigators discuss and coordinate their research ranging
from computational fluid dynamics through large-scale geomorphic evolution of inlets and
channels. Often, the students spend additional time working with CIRP staff. The student
program adds national expertise to the CIRP, injects much enthusiasm, provides local bases of
operation along the coast, and serves as recruitment mechanism for entering federal service.
The mission and orientation of the CIRP is
summarized in its logo, developed by the
Program Manager and Principal Investigators
(Fig. 2). The logo shows that the program is
based on a foundation of research and
development. Progress is made by addressing
problems encountered by Corps of Engineers
Districts (mission support).
Output of the
program must be transferred to the Districts and
to the consulting industry that supports Districts
(technology transfer). There is feedback among
these elements, and planning and resources of the
CIRP are dedicated to the three elements.
Fig. 2. CIRP logo