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Welcome to the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory provides outstanding research and testing at the largest nearshore experimental facility at an academic institution in the US. The 6100 ft2 (570 m2) building is situated on the main campus and houses the Large Wave Flume (LWF), Directional Wave Basin (DWB), and 3,000 ft2 (300 m2) of office space for staff, graduate students, visiting researchers, and clients.

The laboratory conducts research on coastal and nearshore processes involving:

  • Wave-structure interaction
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Tsunami and coastal hazards
  • Fixed and floating structures

Through our work we deliver research, testing, and education and outreach opportunities to improve the resilience and sustainability of coastal areas, and to develop innovative solutions to the design of coastal infrastructure.

Click here to find out more about our Education and Tours Program.

OSU News

OSU News Release

Want to better comply with dietary guidelines, and save money? Cook dinner at home

Apr 26, 2017
The best culinary paths to better health are not always paved with cash, new research shows, and cooking at home can provide the best bang-for-the-buck nutritionally as well as financially.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Oregon State ROTC to hold annual Joint Service Review on May 5

Apr 25, 2017
Cadets in all four branches of Oregon State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps will assemble May 5 in the Memorial Union quad for the annual Joint Service Review.… Read full story.

Oregon State University to hold “Take Back the Night” event

Apr 25, 2017
Oregon State will hold a march, rally and survivor speak-out on Thursday, April 27… Read full story.

Events & Tours


Annual AGC Student Chapter Golf Tournament

CCE industry partners and alumni are invited to register for the 32nd Annual AGC Student Chapter at OSU Golf Tournament.

Location: Trysting Tree Golf Club, Corvallis


Edwards Lecture Series

“Innovation in Delivery of Transportation Infrastructureâ€

Dr. C. Michael Walton, professor of Civil Engineering and Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas Austin. 


Start Smart

Leadership Academy Pillar: Member Choice: PURPOSEFUL or PROFESSIONAL

This workshop is for women students in Engineering and Business. It will teach you how to determine what employers are paying for the

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