Dr. Robert Whalin

Dr. 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
2018 Annual Meeting presentation
Year 1 Annual Report

Year 2 Annual Report

CRC News:
CRC graduate participates in Hurricane Irma recovery
HBCU experts gather for Flood and Hurricane Meeting

Doctoral Engineering program focuses on coastal natural disasters
Students reflect on summer research and internships
Dr. Whalin explains his project:


Contact Information:
Email: robert.w.whalin@jsums.edu
Phone: (601) 979-1807 or (601) 979-1809