Wave Energy Converter Simulator: WEC-Sim

Experimental validation of WEC-Sim

HWRL is one of the Experimental Facilities of NHERI

The $3.8 million award will create a facility to increase the resilience of coastal communities.

Large Wave Flume

Cutting Edge Coastal Engineering at OSU

Directional Wave Basin

Special Wave Maker at Wave Lab

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

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OSU Wind Ensemble to perform world premiere of ‘Heart of a Forest’ by artist Paul D. Miller

Apr 29, 2016
The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of Paul D. Miller’s 'Heart of a Forest' at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at OSU.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Study finds limit on evaporation to ice sheets, but that may change

Apr 29, 2016
Although coastal regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet are experiencing rapid melting, much of the sheet's interior has remained stable – but a new study suggests that may not continue.… Read full story.

Spring town hall to be held May 4 at Oregon State University

Apr 29, 2016
A Spring Term town hall meeting will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Oregon State University in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Oregon State Ecampus launches podcast on research literacy in higher education

Apr 28, 2016
Oregon State University’s top-rated online education program has launched a weekly podcast, “Research in Action,” to address topics and issues facing researchers across the nation.… Read full story.

Events & Tours


Annual AGC Student Chapter Golf Tournament

CCE industry partners and alumni are invited to register for the 31st Annual AGC Student Chapter at OSU Golf Tournament.

  • Location: Trysting Tree Golf Club, Corvallis

Ettihad Cultural Festival

The Ettihad Cultural Center is hosting the fourth annual Ettihad Culture Festival on May 15th 2016 from 5pm-8pm at the Memorial Union Quad. This is one of the biggest annual…

PLSO Willamette Branch Student Appreciation Dinner

5:30 p.m. Social; 6:00 p.m. Dinner and Registration

Location: LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Campus, Corvallis

Cost: $40 (free for OSU students)



Start Smart

Leadership Academy Pillar: PURPOSEFUL or PROFESSIONAL (member's choice)

Start Smart is a program of the AAUW and is specifically designed for college students about to enter the employment market. The Start

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