Our Company

Reinventing Coastal Restoration

“… radically different … low impact … value driven … total solution … unprecedented performance guarantees …”

Hydros Coastal Solutions, Inc. (HCS) is a U.S. corporation dedicated to reshaping and restoring the world’s coastlines with natural, affordable, innovative, eco-friendly, and sustainable methods.  Our diverse team of biochemists, microbiologists, marine ecologists, and environmental and coastal engineers pride themselves in having a radically different approach towards shoreline restoration and management.

Our innovation stems from our unconventional scientific diversity and a unique approach to coastal consulting and engineering.  Our approach embodies both soft and hard engineering solutions, and includes unique innovations such as our proprietary ShoreLock™ technology and revolutionary “Living Coral Breakwater” structures.  Hydros Coastal also offers a variety of laboratory services and coastal and environmental modeling and surveying applications to our clients.

Ultimately, HCS merges coastal ecology, chemistry, and engineering into one team, thus delivering a more comprehensive and effective solution by integrating an understanding of wave energy and sand cohesion with the protection and propagation of coral, mangroves, and sea grass to create a genuinely eco-friendly and enduring solution.

We pride ourselves on our indisputably successful and growing track record. Our work is Guaranteed which is unprecedented among the established mainstream industry of coastal engineering and consulting. Our team is uniquely qualified to work closely with your regulatory agencies and local consultants to provide you with an effective, well documented, and budget conscious solution to your coastal concerns and challenges.

About the Team:

Troy M. Scott Ph.D.
Director of Science and Technology

Dr. Scott graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s degree in Environmental Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology/Epidemiology; however, his expertise extends to the broad environmental sciences, including microbial ecology and coastal and environmental engineering. In 2000, he co-founded BCS Laboratories, Inc. with a close friend and colleague, Dr. George Lukasik. Following graduation, Dr. Scott completed postdoctoral fellowships in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida and in Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. During this time, he was exposed to several academic and professional disciplines that would eventually help to shape his vision of expanding his focus into developing a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environmental consulting business.

Dr. Scott has published several manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature (>30 to date). This research laid the groundwork for the development of several molecular methods that he would successfully bring to market over the next few years. Dr. Scott’s diverse academic background and professional experience provides a unique advantage to the Hydros Coastal team. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering and an Associate Member of the Oceans and Human Health (OHH) Center at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. He was also a member of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Academic Task Force (OSATF), a consortium of experts from academia and the private sector that was compiled to provide guidance and expertise to the state of Florida and the Gulf region in preparing for and responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Michael A. Alvarez
Director of Engineering and Contracting

Michael Alvarez graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Liberal Studies. During his 16 years with General Electric Healthcare, a division of the GE Corporation, he served numerous leadership roles in manufacturing, sales, and business development. Michael has also founded, developed, and operated businesses in a variety of industries which include the selling and financing of a medical capital equipment as an exclusive distributor to G.E. Healthcare in Florida, a medical P.E.T. imaging business in Miami, FL offering innovative turnkey office sharing and block leases to oncologists and cardiologist, and Hydros Coastal Solutions, a global coastal engineering and consulting firm distinguished by its use of proprietary technologies used in its coastal restoration projects. Current work also include business development consulting for IBA Molecular, a global leader in the production and distribution of medical radioactive pharmaceuticals.

Gang Yang, Ph.D., P.E.
Coastal Engineer

Dr. Yang graduated with a Masters of Applied Science in Coastal Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China, and earned a Doctorate in Coastal Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He has over 15 years of research and engineering experience in the coastal engineering field. He specializes in wind and wave statistical and extreme probability analysis, wave propagation modeling, hydrodynamic modeling, flushing analysis, dynamic vessel motion study, and design of various coastal/marine structures such as revetment, jetties, breakwaters, beaches, dredging, seawall, vessel mooring system, marine fender system, and marina utilities.  Dr. Yang has extensive coastal engineering experience in South Florida, the Caribbean, and Pacific Northwest.

 

Michael A. Wallander
Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Michael Wallander graduated with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center with a Master in Laws (LL.M.) degree, his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from University of Pittsburgh, and a BA from the University of Florida. Michael counseled private companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, governments, and nonprofit organizations while working for 7 years with Greenberg Traurig LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world. He founded The Kapok Group as a “sustainability incubator” as well as Sustainable Law Counsel, P.A. Michael volunteers as a Mentor for The Climate Reality Project, and is actively involved in the local Palm Beach County and broader sustainability communities.

Timothy B. Piccin,
MBA – Director of Business Development

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy B. Piccin graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Civil Engineering and holds MBAs from Columbia University and the London Business School.  Following graduation from the Air Force Academy he achieved top honors as Distinguished Graduate of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training as well as the F-16 Basic Course.  He then proceeded to the Republic of South Korea on his first operational assignment as a fighter pilot, followed by tours in Misawa Japan, Savannah Georgia, and Aviano Italy.  Now in the USAF Reserves, Tim currently serves as an F-16 instructor pilot, flight commander in the 93rd Fighter Squadron, and as an operations officer for Special Operations Command South – Caribbean Regional Engagement Branch.

Tim has a diverse background and broad leadership experience, having served in numerous leadership roles in over 17 years of military service in the United States Air Force with seven combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He has been awarded two Bronze Stars for combat actions and holds a Top Secret Security Clearance.

 

Donovan Lee-Sin, MPA
Director of Operations, Jamaica

Donovan Lee-Sin develops and manages project operations, contracts, and environmental compliance requirements for Hydros Coastal Solutions in Jamaica.

Donovan is also senior program officer with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, leading the Foundation’s grant initiatives and focusing on its other strategic focus areas. He manages a $35 million community investment portfolio.

Donovan worked for the Children’s Trust in Miami, where as Senior Program Director for Community and Neighborhood Services he managed $45 million in annual grant making to neighborhood programs aimed at helping children and families. Prior to joining the Children’s Trust in 2006, Donovan worked for Miami Children’s Hospital and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where he served as Planning and Evaluation Officer.

Donovan serves as board vice president for the Community Indicators Consortium and the Foundation Center Advisory Board member. He is a 2011 Annie E. Casey Foundation Leadership Fellow and 2004 alumnus of the prestigious Leadership Miami program. He serves on the Taskforce for a Livable Community. He is an active member of Grant Makers for Effective Organizations, Donors Forum of South Florida, Independent Sector, and Southeastern Council on Foundations.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Belhaven University in Mississippi and a Master’s in Public Administration, specializing in urban development and management from Florida International University.