Robert Whalin

Jackson State University

Project: PhD in Engineering (Coastal Engineering and Computational Engineering concentrations) at an HBCU.

Other Participants/Partners: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, University of North Florida and Texas A&M University at Galveston

Project Description: This project establishes the first HBCU PhD in Engineering degree with concentrations focusing on coastal natural disasters. It will help increase workforce diversity (over 80% of students are minorities) in the Homeland Security enterprise. The PhD Engineering degree will have two coastal natural disaster related concentrations: Coastal Engineering (focusing on hurricanes and floods) and Computational Engineering (focusing on computational fluid dynamics) and continues to nurture the BS/MS education programs of the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence (July 1, 2008-Dec. 31, 2015). End user (employers) relationships with ERDC, MDOT, Corps of Engineers Districts, MEMA and local emergency management offices across the southeastern US are strengthened even further.

Project Abstract

Research Interests: Coastal Engineering ( breakwaters, wave transformations, non-linear wave theory, coastal/estuarine hydraulic modeling, long waves, tsunamis, sediment transport, shoreline evolution, tidal circulation, hurricane surge, wind-driven circulation); projectile penetration; weapons effects; high-performance computing; organizational performance and engineering education.

Presentations and Reports:
2016 Annual Meeting presentation
2017 Annual Meeting presentation
Year 1 Annual Report

CRC News:
Doctoral Engineering program focuses on coastal natural disasters
Dr. Whalin explains his project:

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information:
Phone: (601) 979-1807 or (601) 979-1809