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

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.


M.S. Civil Engineering

  • North Carolina State University, 2023 (intended)
  • Coastal & Computational Hydraulics Team

B.S. Civil Engineering

  • North Carolina State University, 2021
  • University Scholars Program

Professional and Research Experience:

North Carolina State University (June 2019 – Present)

  • Graduate Research Assistant (July 2021-Present)
    • Part of larger National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) project
    • Coupling ADCIRC/SWAN and XBeach models for real-time erosional forecasting
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant (August 2019 – May 2021)
    • Used XBeach to predict barrier island morphology during hurricane events
    • Obtained wave and water level data from ADCIRC/SWAN models to evaluate storm impact
    • Investigated beach nourishment project success in Nags Head, NC
    • Utilized numerical models to train an emulator for nourished beach scarping
  • Women and Minority Summer Research Program (June 2019 – August 2019)
    • Funded by the College of Engineering at NC State
    • Selected out of 50+ applicants across all engineering disciplines
    • 10 week program with professional development workshops/seminars, i.e. Research Ethics
    • Evaluated dune vulnerability to overwash along Pea Island, NC

Loureiro Engineering Associates

  • Structural Engineering Intern
    • Aided in the design and detailing of structural projects
    • Utilized RISA, REVIT, TEDDS and other structural software
    • Performed job site visits and developed marketing materials for past project


  • A Gharagozlou, D Anderson, J Gorski, JC Dietrich (2022). “Emulator for Eroded Beach and Dune Profiles Due to Storms.”  Journal of Geophysical Research, DOI: 10.1029/2022JF006620
  • A Gharagozlou, JC Dietrich, TC Massey, DL Anderson, JF Gorski, MF Overton (2021). “Formulation of a Barrier Island Breach and its Contribution to Lagoonal Circulation.” Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, 262, 107593, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107593.


  • Ocean Science Meeting (OSM) [2022]
    • Gorski, J. Dietrich, J. Luettich, R. Bilskie, M. Passeri, D. Mickey, R. “Toward deterministic, dynamic model forecasts of storm-driven erosion”
      • Poster format
    • Anderson, D. Dietrich, J.C. Gharagozlou, A. Gorski, J. “Forecasting the Effectiveness of Beach and Dune Nourishments in a Changing Climate.”
      • Oral presentation by Dylan Anderson
  • Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering Research Symposium [2022]
    • Gorski, J. Dietrich, J. Luettich, R. Bilskie, M. Passeri, D. Mickey, R. “Toward deterministic, dynamic model forecasts of storm-driven erosion”
      • Poster format
  • American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Coastal Conference [2019, 2020]
    • Gharagozlou, A. Dietrich, J.C. Gorski, J. Fulle, T.R. “Multiscale Simulation of Erosion and Breaching of Barrier Islands: Coupling XBeach and ADCIRC.”
      • Oral presentation by Alireza Gharagozlou
    • Gharagozlou, A. Anderson, D. Gorski, J. Dietrich, J.C. Ryan, D. “Developing an Emulator for Morphodynamic Response of the Nourished Beaches During Future Storm Events Based on XBeach Predictions.”
      • Oral presentation by Alireza Gharagozlou
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium [2019]
    • Gorski, J. Sciaudone, E. Dietrich, J.C Velasquez-Montoya, L. “Evaluation of Highway Vulnerability to Overwash”
      • Poster format

Professional Organizations:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Student Member
  • Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) – Student Member

Teaching Experience:

  • Teaching Assistant- CE 282: Hydraulics
    • Held office hours to clarify course material and assist students with homework problems
    • Graded homework assignments and provided feedback to students