Wave Lab Staff

Name

Position

HWRL Related Interests

 

Pedro Lomonaco

Director

O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

 Physical and numerical modelling of wave generation and propagation, wave-structure interaction, stability of coastal and submarine structures, behavior of floating structures, hydrodynamics, and non-linear propagation of long-waves in shallow waters.

 

Tim Maddux

Faculty Research Associate

O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

 Laboratory research and testing of: coastal engineering and nearshore processes; tsunamis and coastal hazards; wave and renewable energy sources; sediment transport by currents, waves, and turbulence.

Bret Bosma

Faculty Research Associate

O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

 Physical and numerical modelling of ocean wave energy converters and instrumentation of physical models of coastal/nearshore structures and marine renewable devices to be tested in the laboratory.

 

Jeff Gent

Civil & Construction Engineering

Faculty Research Assistant

 Provides fabrication, rigging, problem solving related to wave lab research and testing projects.

 

James Batti

 

Lab/Research Manager

Civil & Construction Engineering

 

 Provides engineering and technical support related to wave lab instrumentation.

  Rebekah Miller

Faculty Research Assistant

O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

 Provides engineering and technical support related to wave lab physical model experimentation.

Affiliated Faculty

Name

Position

 HWRL Related Interests

Belinda Batten

Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 Subject matter expert in computational methods for controlling and optimizing distributed parameter systems, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, and dynamics and control of autonomous vehicles and wave energy devices.

Andre Barbosa

Assistant Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
 
 

Dan Cox

Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering
 Coastal Engineering, mitigation of coastal hazards including coastal flooding from waves and surge and from tsunamis.  Wave loads on structures, coastal erosion and scour, natural and nature-based solutions to coastal hazards.
 

Merrick Haller

Associate Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering
 Remote sensing of wave transformation processes, especially related to wave/current interaction and hazardous wave conditions. Other efforts include rip current dynamics and quantifying the physical effects of wave energy converter arrays.

Christopher Higgins

Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
 Performance of structures subjected to hydraulic and other loads.
 

David F. Hill

 

Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering

 Optical imaging of wave and turbulent processes; combined numerical and experimental studies of wave and surge processes.
 

Rob Holman

Professor Emeritus

College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

 Swash and inundation processes; bore-bore capture; the use of optical remote sensing for making nearshore measurements.
Judy Liu

Judy Liu

Professor
Civil & Construction Engineering
 Performance of structural steel building components (e.g., connections, frames, cladding, secondary members) subjected to hydraulic and other loads.
 

Tuba Ozkan-Haller

Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Development

Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering

 Numerical, field and analytical investigations of water motions in the nearshore zone (depth of 10 meters or less).
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Peter Riggiero

Associate Professor

Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

 Coastal geomorphology and coastal hazards; impacts of storms on beaches and dunes.
 

Harry Yeh

 

Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering

 Hydrodynamics of tsunamis; Laboratory and numerical experiments of complex waves motions in 3D domain, and the flow analyses.
 

Solomon Yim

Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering

 Structural and fluid mechanics in the marine environment; fluid contact and impact effects on deformable structures; environmental waves modeling and wave load characterization; high-performance-computing based simulation of multi-physics, multi-scale, multi-domain systems; physical and numerical wave-basin system modeling, development, operation and experimentation; naval and marine hydrokinetic system development, modeling and analysis.
  Bryson Robertson

Associate Professor; Co-Director, Pacific Marine Energy Center

Civil & Construction Engineering

 Detailed wave, tidal and offshore wind energy resource assessments, optimizing energy harvesting technologies, and numerically integrating marine power into the electrical grid; at a variety of scale and opportunities. 
  Ted Brekken

Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  Control, power electronics, and electric drives; specifically, advanced control techniques applied to renewable energy systems. Codirector of the Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility (WESRF).
  Bryony DuPont

Associate Professor

Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

 

 Development and application of computational design tools for renewable energy systems and sustainable product design.
  Barbara Simpson

Assistant Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering

 Advanced computational and experimental methods to characterize structural response. Development of innovative structural systems that improve building performance and reduce the effects of natural hazards on the built environment. Research areas include resilient design and retrofit of building structures, performance-based earthquake engineering, and next-generation computational modeling, optimization, and simulation.
  Meagan Wengrove

Assistant Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering

 Mechanics of sediment transport and hydraulic design of nature based features. Specifically, focusing on the relationship between scales of sediment transport (e.g. a ripple feeding morphologic change of a sandbar), the effects of large storm events on deep seated erosion, and the hydraulics of nature based features such as living shorelines, marsh restorations, and coastal dunes.
  Matt Evans Professor

Civil & Construction Engineering
 Granular mechanics, image analysis, numerical methods, and unsaturated soil mechanics, with applications to renewable energy, multiphysics problems, waste isolation, and sustainable infrastructure.
  Greg Wilson

Assistant Professor

Geology and Geophysics, CEOAS

 Physics of the nearshore coastal ocean including waves, currents, and sediment transport.