Alicia Gorton, project manager and ocean engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), was invited to serve on the advisory board of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Gorton obtained a BE in environmental engineering, an ME in ocean engineering and, in 2012, a doctorate in ocean engineering at the institute.
In her new role, she will provide advice on the department’s vision and mission as well as educational and research programs and goals. She will also give input to plans for promoting the department to potential students, industry, employers, government agencies, and legislative leaders. Finally, she will advise on strategies to acquire assets and resources.
“As a proud alumna, I am honored to be the newest member of the department board at Stevens Institute of Technology,” said Gorton. “This role will allow me to support the institute in maintaining its strong traditions, enhancing its reputation, and further advancing its research and education programs. I’m also looking forward to establishing collaborative research opportunities between Stevens and PNNL.”
At PNNL, her research portfolio focuses on offshore wind energy development. Specifically, Gorton oversees the lidar buoy program for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office. The program facilitates offshore data collection to support the nation’s offshore wind industry. In addition, she manages several projects related to the potential environmental effects of offshore wind energy development.
Gorton also serves as the deputy director of the Center for the Remediation of Complex Sites, which provides scientific and technical expertise to support environmental remediation and site stewardship decisions nationally and internationally.
Gorton serves on the editorial board of Marine Technology Society Journal and was selected as one of ten New Faces of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2015. She is also a certified Project Management Professional.