Johnathan Woodruff

Updated 2018/06/07

Ph.D. Student (Graduate Research Assistant)
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Mann Hall, Room 424
2501 Stinson Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
jlwoodr3@ncsu.edu

Ahoy! I am a first-year Ph.D. student in the Coastal and Computational Hydraulics Team (CCHT) at NC State. Having been born and raised in Florida, I developed a love for the coastline and a passion for understanding and protecting it. During my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, I took a few classes in coastal/water resources engineering and decided to pursue it further with a master’s degree at Georgia Tech. There I specialized in coastal and water resources engineering and found my passion.

At Georgia Tech, I took a particular interest in Coastal Hazards work which led me to the CCHT here at NC State. I am currently working on the NSF project “Subgrid-Scale Corrections to Increase the Accuracy and Efficiency of Storm Surge Models,” which aims to reduce computation times of storm surge forecasting while retaining the same level of accuracy used in high resolution models. Although I am just starting out, I am extremely excited to dive deeper into this project so that I may better understand the complex numerical processes that are involved in storm surge prediction. I hope to incorporate rapid deployment field observations into my Ph.D. to help validate the results of our models. In addition, I would like to investigate the interaction between storm surge and rainfall events and its effects on both coastal and inland structures.

 
Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering

Master of Science, Civil Engineering

  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 2018

Bachelor of Science, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, 2016

 
Research Experience

North Carolina State University

  • Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
    • Graduate Research Assistant, June 2018 to Present
      • Performed numerical modeling research to further the state of the art in storm surge prediction and theory.
      • Assisted in teaching undergraduate fluid mechanics class.

University of Florida

  • Agronomy Department
    • Research Assistant, August 2013 to August 2014
      • Assisted PhD students in tissue transfers, plant transfers, making media, and observing the genetic manipulation of sugar cane plants.

 
Industry Experience

Collective Water Resources, West Palm Beach

  • Water Resources Engineer, June 2017 to September 2017
    • Applied the knowledge and skill set developed in undergraduate and graduate school to real world water resources problems.
    • Detailed bridge modeling in HEC-RAS and quality control of bridge models developed by other employees.
    • Project review and analysis.
    • GIS drainage basin and storm water analysis.

Atkins Global, Tallahassee

  • Engineering Intern, June 2015 to August 2015
    • Familiarized myself with the daily tasks of running an engineering business.
    • Assisted coastal and civil engineers in their tasks such as reviewing proposal and design documents and researching current projects.
    • Carried out general office duties such as updating databases, making Excel spreadsheets, and scanning documents to distribute to employees.
  • Engineering Extern, June 2014 to August 2014
    • Spoke with and observed civil and coastal engineers during their work day.
    • Gained knowledge and understanding of what civil and coastal engineers do in the private sector.
    • Sharpened AutoCAD skills and reviewed past projects completed by Atkins Global, such as the relocation of channels in the Mississippi delta to reduce erosion near New Orleans.

 
Teaching Experience

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

  • Hydraulics Graduate Teaching Assistant, January 2017 to May 2018
    • Taught and led senior undergraduate hydraulics laboratory.
    • Assisted students in homework, laboratory assignments, and hydraulics concept questions.
    • Graded lab reports, homework assignments, and exams.
    • Stepped in and taught lecture to 80 student class in professor’s absence.
  • Fluid Mechanics Grader, August 2016 to December 2016
    • Graded and assisted undergraduate fluid mechanics students with homework and exams.
    • Held office hours to guide students through difficult material.
    • Stepped in and led lecture for 70 student class in professor’s absence.

 
Research Interests

  • Natural disaster preparedness (hurricane, earthquake, tsunami) and coastline resiliency.
  • Sea level rise and climate change effects on coastal cities.
  • Ocean energy from tidal and wave sources.
  • Sediment transport and the disappearance of sand sources.
  • Innovative teaching techniques, flipped classrooms, and group oriented learning with active student participation.

 
Honors

  • Graduate Merit Award – North Carolina State University
  • Summa Cum Laude – University of Florida
  • Florida Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) scholarship recipient
  • Dean’s List – University of Florida
  • Freshman Leadership Council – University of Florida

 
Certifications

  • Engineer in Training Certification
  • Open water diving certification: I have various specialty certifications and experience in offshore, near shore, and wreck diving.

 
Technical Skills

  • HEC-RAS and CEDAS modeling experience.
  • I have completed courses specializing in AutoCAD and Matlab.
  • Common framing, concrete, and roofing experience.