Ajimon’s Paper Selected as Editor’s Choice

Our recent paper, “Effects of Model Resolution and Coverage on Storm-Driven Coastal Flooding Predictions,” was selected as the Editor’s Choice by the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. The chief editor selects a paper from the current issue. The paper is made free with registration and featured on the journal home page for two months, after which it will continue to be featured in the Editor’s Choice Collection.

Congratulations to Ajimon!

Tomás Cuevas López

Updated 2022/03/21

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 27606

Hola! I’m a first-year Master’s student in the Coastal and Computational Hydraulics Team (CCHT) at NC State. I am from Chile, a country with a long history of natural disasters, and some of them related to the ocean. As a kid, I always wanted to study civil engineering. After the devastating 2010 tsunami that hit Chile, hydraulics engineering came into my mind.

I did my undergrad studies at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM) at the Universidad de Chile. During my bachelor’s, I only had one course related to coastal engineering, but after that course, I decided to do my last summer internship at PRDW where I had my first experience doing numerical modeling of coastal processes. Right after that, I started my thesis under the supervision of two PRDW engineers and a faculty professor. The goal of the work was to develop a series of python scripts to correlate and correct the results of wave hindcast models with satellite altimetry.

After my graduation, I joined the numerical modeling team of PRDW of the Chilean office, where I worked from July 2016 to December 2021. I was involved in a large range of coastal processes studies such as wave climate, wave agitation, sediment transport, hydrodynamics, moored vessel’s dynamics, CFD, etc. The other area where I developed some expertise is in Python programming, I started coding for my thesis and never stopped, I’m a data science enthusiast! My experience on this can be split into three main areas: (1) managing environmental datasets, like waves, wind, temperature, salinity, etc, (2) development of scripts and tools written in python related to coastal engineering, and (3) applying machine and deep learning models or techniques to subjects related to coastal engineering.

I am currently working on the DHS project “Improving the Efficiency of Wave and Surge Models via Adaptive Mesh Resolution.”

My main areas of interest are numerical modeling of coastal processes, applying machine learning (ML) in coastal processes to improve the time-performance and accuracy of the numerical modeling. I’m also interested in statistics and probabilistic methods since they allow handling the uncertainties of the models. And at last, in the combination of GIS tools with both ML and the outputs of coastal models, and in improving the communication of the numerical modeling results to allow better risk management and a resilient use of the coastal environment.

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News: Jessica Gorski Featured in Lenovo Video

2021/11/15 – Intel + Lenovo
Coastal Computing

Our research into real-time erosion predictions using XBeach was featured in a recent video by Lenovo and CNN. Jessica Gorski describes how we are exploring the use of 1D transect models to predict erosion during storms.

Lenovo provides hardware and support for the HPC services at NC State. The video was produced as branded content for CNN, and it was featured on the CNN web site and social media.

The video required two days of shooting with a team of directors, photographers, audio specialists, and production assistants. Click below to see photos of the production.

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News: Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative

2021/09/15 – NCSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Catalyzing Coastal Change


Casey Dietrich, associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, is also a member of CRSI’s leadership team. His expertise in the prediction of coastal hazards, will help the initiative further research on determining how coastal environments respond to storms. For example, a storm like the recent Hurricane Ida devastated New Orleans’ power grid, and there needs to be some sort of solution for how to solve power issues during and after storms.

“My research team develops computer models to represent how beaches and dunes will be eroded, and which areas will be flooded and for how long,” he said. “It is critical to understand how these hazards can vary, both across complex coasts like in North Carolina for now and in the future, as a step toward improving resiliency and sustainability for coastal regions.”

The interdisciplinary nature of the team’s work, however, cannot be overstated. Solutions to one coastal challenge, like a seawall to mitigate flooding, may create new challenges or unintended consequences to the environment, tourism, energy and water systems. The varied issues facing coastal areas necessitate connecting across disciplines to develop integrated solutions.

Fitts-Woolard Hall in Action

Our department’s communication specialist, Julie Dixon, visited Fitts-Woolard Hall to take photos of our new building in action. We were glad that a few photos included members of the CCHT in the Coastal Engineering Lab and teaching.

View into the Coastal Engineering Lab.

Jenero Knowles and Dylan Anderson discussing how to succeed in academic research.

Casey Dietrich teaching about the hydrostatic pressure distribution in CE 282.

Jenero Knowles

Updated 2021/08/03

Ph.D. Candidate (Graduate Research Assistant)
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Fitts-Woolard Hall, Room 3121
915 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606

Hey there! I am a first year Ph.D. candidate in the Coastal and Computational Hydraulics Team (CCHT) at NC State University. I was born and raised in The Bahamas, which is an archipelago of islands just southeast of Florida and north of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean, a region prone to hurricanes. As I grew older, my curiosity cultivated as tropical storms produced severe flooding on the islands while structures such as seawalls and jetties were in place to protect the shorelines. This led to my undergraduate degree in civil engineering where I took courses in water resources and learned more about wave variations and their effects on its surrounding environments. Combining my interest of coastal waves and a desire to mitigate flooding from storms, I knew that delving into research would help me to discover solutions to some coastal engineering issues.

I will be working on a project, “A Comparative Assessment of Total Water Levels for coastal military facility readiness and resilience using numerical models ,” where I will use ADCIRC to investigate all the relevant physics that contribute to total water levels. The model produced from ADCIRC will be compared with other models prepared by a group of researchers from different institutions. As I continue to expand my knowledge, I look forward using and learning different modeling software used in the industry.

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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.