Alumni

We have been lucky to work with a lot of great team members in the CCHT. This page is a summary of our alumni, including links to their posts and research contributions. If you see yourself on this page and want to update your information, then please send an email to Casey Dietrich. He will be happy to hear from you!

 
Graduate Students

Ajimon Thomas
PhD, 2020, Civil Engineering

Ajimon was a PhD student from Aug 2014 through Jul 2020, and his research was supported by our NC Sea Grant and DHS CRCoE projects. He improved the forecasting of storm surge and coastal flooding along the U.S. southeast coast, with a multi-resolution approach to represent the coastal floodplains only when and where they were flooded during the storm. After finishing his PhD degree, Ajimon continued for 3 months as a post-doc and then accepted a position with Aon.

Carter Rucker
MS, 2020, Civil Engineering

Carter was an MS student from Aug 2018 through May 2020, and his research was supported by our DHS CRCoE project. He improved the accuracy and utility of our downscaling methods for coastal flood guidance, by including losses in overland flow due to frictional roughness. He integrated these methods into Kalpana, and they are used for real-time forecasting. After finishing his MS degree, Carter accepted a position at the USACE Wilmington District.

Rosemary Cyriac
PhD, 2018, Civil Engineering

Rosemary was a PhD student from Aug 2013 through Sep 2018. Her research was supported by our NC Sea Grant and GoMRI CARTHE projects, and her main focus was the modeling of estuarine circulation and surface transport in the northern Gulf of Mexico. She also developed Kalpana, was a co-instructor for CE 382 Hydraulics, and mentored an undergraduate researcher for 2 years. After finishing her PhD degree, Rosemary accepted a position at Atkins.

Nelson Tull
MS, 2018, Civil Engineering

Nelson was an MS student from Aug 2016 through Jun 2018. His research was supported by our NCDS Data Fellows and NSF PREEVENTS projects, in which he developed techniques to downscale and extrapolate our flooding guidance for decision support. This research was conducted in close partnership with NC Emergency Management, and his focus on hazard communication also led to two poster awards. Nelson is now a PhD student at UT Austin, studying with Dr. Paola Passalacqua.

 
Research Assistants

Sheppard Medlin
BS, 2019, Mechanical Engineering

Sheppard was an undergraduate research assistant from Aug through his graduation in Dec 2019, and then continued as a research assistant through Jul 2020. He worked with PhD student Johnathan Woodruff on the NSF PREEVENTS project, learning the OceanMesh2D software and then writing scripts for visualization of downscaled model results. Sheppard is now an MS student at the University of Georgia, studying with Dr. Matt Bilskie.

Jenna Choi
BS, 2017, Civil Engineering

Jenna was a research assistant from Dec 2017 through Apr 2018, during the year after she graduated with her BS degree. She worked with PhD student Ajimon Thomas on the DHS CRCoE and NSF PREEVENTS projects, to cut down a mesh to have only open-water regions, so it could be used later for development. After finishing this work, Jenna returned home to South Korea to pursue other opportunities.

 
Undergraduate Students

Chloe Stokes
BS, 2021, Environmental Engineering

Chloe was an undergraduate research assistant from Oct 2018 through Apr 2021, and she became a wizard with editing and manipulation of unstructured meshes. She worked with PhD student Ajimon Thomas and MS student Autumn Poisson as part of the DHS CRCoE project, developing meshes and testing Adcirpolate.

Marina Weissman
BS, 2019, Environmental Engineering

Marina was an undergraduate research assistant during Fall 2019, during the last semester of her degree program. She worked with PhD student Johnathan Woodruff as part of the NSF PREEVENTS project, using high-resolution DEMs and shapefiles to represent the Caernarvon Marsh. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with EXP Global in Chicago.

Tucker Fulle
BS, 2020, Civil Engineering

Tucker was an undergraduate research assistant from Nov 2018 through Apr 2019, during the junior year of his degree program. He worked with PhD student Alireza Gharagozlou as part of the USACE USCRP project, to examine the feasibility of XBeach model predictions for island breaching, by constructing and testing on idealized domains. Before graduating, he moved from this work into an internship at Ramey Kemp & Associates.

Emerina Downey
BS, 2020, Civil Engineering

Emerina was an undergraduate research assistant from Jan 2017 through Apr 2018, during two years of her degree program. She worked with PhD student Rosemary Cyriac as part of the GoMRI CARTHE project, to construct a high-resolution ADCIRC mesh for Choctawhatchee River from the Bay through the USGS gauge at Caryville, Florida. After finishing this work, Emerina pursued other research opportunities in our department.

Mohammad Innab
BS, 2018, Civil Engineering

Mohammad was an undergraduate research assistant from Sep 2016 through Apr 2018, during two years of his degree program. He worked to update the FigureGen software to be compatible with the newest version of the GMT library. He edited inside the Fortran code, tested combinations of visualization options, and ran tests on our HPC cluster. In 2021, he joined KS Engineers P.C. in New York.