Alireza Gharagozlou defends PhD Dissertation

We gathered again for a successful defense! Alireza Gharagozlou defended his PhD dissertation to a mix of virtual and in-person attendees, who asked a lot of great questions about his research in modeling of storm-driven erosion in the Outer Banks. Congrats to Alireza!

Alireza starts his oral defense presentation.

Jessica Gorski

Updated 2021/07/29

M.S. Student (Graduate Research Assistant)
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Fitts-Woolard Hall, Room 3121
915 Partners Way
Raleigh NC 27607
jfgorski@ncsu.edu

I am a recent graduate of North Carolina State University, and I am excited to continue my education with the CCEE Department. As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to participate in multiple research projects with the coastal engineering team. My first research experience was funded by the College of Engineering’s Women and Minority Summer Research Program. After completing the 10-week research project, I started an undergraduate research assistant position and was introduced to the morphological model eXtreme Beach (XBeach). Since then, the majority of my research experience has been focused on nearshore morphodynamics and erosional modeling. Previously, I assisted a project funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looking at the morphological response of a beach nourishment project located in Nags Head, North Carolina. As a research assistant, I helped in the development and training of a morphological emulator. Future work for this project includes incorporating climate change projections and investigating how these projections may impact the shoreline response.

I am working on a Department of Defense project, Forecasting Coastal Impacts from Tropical Cyclones along the US East and Gulf Coasts using the ADCIRC Prediction System, where I will be focusing on the sediment transport portion of the coastal impact forecasting. I am looking forward to using XBeach as a tool for erosional forecasting and collaborating with a larger team of researchers across the country.

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Jonese D. Pipkin

Updated 2021/07/29

M.S. Student
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Fitts-Woolard Hall, Room 3121
915 Partners Way
Raleigh NC 27606
jpipkin@ncsu.edu

Greetings! I am a first year M.S. student in the Coastal & Computational Hydraulics Team. As a born and raised North Carolinian, I have a firsthand understanding of the impact of hurricanes on our coastal areas. My earned bachelor’s degree in Earth & Environmental Science allowed me to explore and identify the angle of hurricane research that suited me best. Hence, I pursued a graduate program that incorporated computational & geospatial analysis with hurricane inundation. After being directed to NCSU’s coastal engineering site and diving into the CCHT website, I knew this was the ideal environment for me to build upon my research interests.

Initially, I will continue developing my engineering comprehension and later transition into assisting with research associated with the DHS CRCoE project. The work will continue to produce ArcGIS compatible shapefiles delineating maximum water levels, wind speeds, wave heights, and peak wave periods during hurricane events.

By expanding my skill and knowledge related to the water hazards hurricanes induce, my professional goal is to join an agency that monitors the influence of hurricanes on coastal regions to effectively reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities.

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Johnathan Woodruff wins First Place in Student Presentation Competition

Ph.D. student Johnathan Woodruff won first place in the student presentation competition during the annual Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering Research Symposium. This award is chosen by judges from among all of the student presentations and is reflective of both compelling research activities and excellent presentation skills. The award includes a $500 cash stipend.

Congratulations to Johnathan!

CCHT Ph.D. student Johnathan Woodruff.

Johnathan Woodruff wins Student Educational Award

Ph.D. student Johnathan Woodruff won the Student Educational Award from the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. This award is given annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who, through his or her research, is furthering the state of science of coastal systems as it relates to the goals and mission of the ASBPA. The award includes a $500 cash stipend. Johnathan wil attend the ASBPA National Coastal Conference next week to present his findings to the coastal community.

CCHT Ph.D. student Johnathan Woodruff.

Coastal Engineering Lab in Fitts-Woolard Hall

Construction is nearly-completed on Fitts-Woolard Hall, which will be our new home. We are moving slowly during this Fall 2020, and we will be in the new building when we return full-time to campus. The photo below is an updated look at our Coastal Engineering Lab. This room will have workspaces for the coastal engineering team at NC State, and its location on the third floor will allow a great view of Centennial Campus. We are excited for the new building!

New glass wall and furniture for the lab.

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