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Teaching in the Computational Hydraulics Lab

The movement of air and water are fundamental to life on Earth from a planetary to a microscopic scale.  How these fluids move, carry nutrients and pollutants, shape our environment, and endanger our habitat and populations is critical to our understanding our environment, our impact on our earth, and ensuring a safe and sustainable environment for all life on our planet.


In our laboratory we study and teach the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Problems such as irrigation, water supply, fisheries, navigation, port and harbor design, riverine and coastal flooding, wind, wave, and current forces on structures, and sediment movement in rivers and along coasts all require a detailed knowledge of fluid flow.  Even within our bodies, fluids carry nutrients, gasses, and harmful chemicals through a complex pump – flow distribution network.

We also study how complex mathematical models in engineering and science can be solved using the ever increasing computational power provided by today’s computers. We live in the information age and we can explore the world around us through computational simulation. We develop an understanding of how discrete mathematics can be applied and implemented on today’s computers systems to solve relevant problems ranging from structural design, flow around a structure, groundwater movement, weather, hurricane storm surge circulation, flow through circulatory systems and through the heart, and the movement of pollutants. We explore both the theory behind these models/codes and how they should be applied and used as well as how to evaluate how accurate the results are through verification, validation and uncertainty quantification.

In our research, we specialize in computationally solving flow and transport problems in the coastal ocean and adjacent inlet, estuarine, riverine, and floodplain systems. This includes topics such as tidal hydrodynamics, hurricane storm surge prediction, wind waves, wave-current interaction, geophysical turbulence modeling, rainfall-runoff modeling, and sediment transport. We also focus on developing unstructured grid algorithms to solve shallow water equations, phase and non-phase resolving waves, Reynolds equations, convection-diffusion equations, and sediment transport equations. We are specifically focused on continuous and discontinuous Galerkin Finite Element solutions, high performance computing and code design, and verification and validation.

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

CE30125 Computational Methods

CE60130 Finite Elements

CE344 Hydraulics

CE20140 Methods of CE Analysis II - no link at current time

CE20230 Engineering Programming - no link at current time

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Junior Class Field Trip

2016 New York Behind-the-Scenes Infrastructure

2015 New York Behind-the-Scenes Infrastructure - Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, HNTB Design Offices, Kosciuszko Bridge, MTA Headquarters, Grand Central Terminal - East Side Access, Goethals Bridge, The High Line, Langan

2014 East Coast Infrastructure: Tunnels, Bridges, Water - Portsmouth VA Midtown Tunnel, DC Water Treatment Plant, SKW Tunnel Constructors Yard, Tappan Zee Bridge/New NY Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Meadowlands Presentation - Skanska Koch, Lower Manhattan, ND vs Syracuse football game

2013 Texas Big Infrastructure: Offshore, Coastal, Port, Mining, Stadium - Kiewit Offshore Services, Harris County Flood Control District, Texas City hurricane protection levee, USACE flood control channels, The Port of Houston Authority, Texas A&M University, Walnut Creek Mining Company, Walter P. Moore design firm, Cowboys Stadium, AT&T Stadium, ND vs. ASU football game

2012 Harnessing the Mississippi River and Delta - New Mississippi River Bridge, St. Louis Arch, Eads Bridge, Olmsted Lock and Dam, USACE ERDC, Steamboat Natchez, IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, Kiewit, French Quarter

2011 New York City Infrastructure Basics - Lehigh University ATLSS Center, AECOM, Second Ave. Subway, WTC Transportation Center, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge Project, Columbia University, East Side Access Tunnels, St. Patrick's Cathedral

2010 Harnessing the Mississippi River and Delta
- St. Louis Gateway Arch, Eads Bridge, US Army Engineer Research and Developmeny Center, Old River Control Structure, West Closure Complex, Huey P. Long Bridge, University of New Orleans, Steamboat Natchez, IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrier

2009 New York City Infrastructure Basics - Brooklyn Bridge, AECOM, 2nd Ave. Subway, WTC Transportation Center, Empire State Building, Skanska, United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold, Columbia University, Croton Filtration Plant, Brighton Subway Line, Stillwell Station, Coney Island, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lehigh University ATLSS Center

2008 New York City Infrastructure Basics - Skanska Koch Inc., Empire State Building, Triborough Bridge, Croton Water Filtration Plant, Willis Ave. Bridge, Meadowlands Stadium, Columbia University, Brooklyn Bridge, AECOM, Wall Street, Ground Zero, WTC Transportation Center, Staten Island Ferry

2007 Southern Louisiana and Mississippi Coastal Protection Field Trip - Steamboat Natchez, USACE New Orleans, Pump Station #6, 17th Street Outflow Canal, 9th Ward Paris Road, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, USACE Control Structure, Sidney A. Murray Jr. Hydroelectric Station, Harvey Canal Floodgate, Jean Lafitte Swamp Boat Tour

2006 Southern Louisiana and Mississippi Coastal Protection Field Trip
- Steamboat Natchez, USACE New Orleans, Pump Station #6, 17th Street Outflow Canal, London Ave. Canal, Lower 9th Ward, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, USACE Control Structure, Sidney A. Murray Jr. Hydroelectric Station, Riverboat John James Audubon Waterway

Challenges and Innovation in Civil and Environmental Engineering Lecture Series

Spring 2017 - Servedio, Haan, Nugent, Mihelcic, Hatfield, Yanev, Spudis

Fall 2016 - Connor, Montestruque, Michael, Giroux, Gray, Hajjar, Reeve

Spring 2016 - Peronto, Kurtis, Hundal, Umble, Padgett, Alleman, Lamoureux

Fall 2015 - Matasci, Galsworthy, Norman, Kavanagh, Giroux, Lloyd, Kiremidjian, Malone, Sanborn

Spring 2015 - Beadle, Masters, Gauvreau, Murphy, Whittaker, Mujumdar, Gurley, Odeh

Fall 2014 - Giroux, DesRoches, Hannoun, Szomjassy, Beadle, Masters, Kennedy

Spring 2014
- Murphy, Mlakar, Zoli, Young/Quigley, Sadek, Ewing

Fall 2013
- Rittman, Chin, Giroux, Sezer, Uniacke, Kunnath, Amadei

Spring 2013
- Umble, Reinhold, Gardea-Torresdey, Ahearn, Murthy, Billington, Ewing, Manceau

Fall 2012
- Golden, Gilot, Donohue/Fitzpatrick, Giroux, Pellegrino, DePaola, O'Sullivan

Spring 2012
- Sarkisian, Hangan, Peskin, Szomjassy, Lucas, Wozencraft, Davies, Rosowsky

Fall 2011
- Reckhow, Fitzpatrick, Tolman, Haan, Farmer, Eguchi, Giroux

Spring 2011
- Ahearn, Gurley, Parker, Rahimian/Sullivan, Eckmann, Ridgway

Fall 2010
- Kijewski-Correa/Taflanadis, Colaco, Imberger, Gilbert, Irish, Sipe, Kopp

Spring 2010
- Daigger, McNamara, Murphy, Tognarelli, Fitzpatrick, Dean, Novak

Fall 2009
- Sause, Licht, Mariucci, Halvorson, Smith, Williams

Spring 2009
- Wolsfeld, McNally, Alexander, Murphy, Williams, Resio

Fall 2008
- Gildner, Abdelrezaq, Giroux, Jacobsen, Lamoureux, Ledden, Lynch, Griffis

Spring 2008
- Snyder, Dalrymple, Kirk, Murphy (Dennis), Lindell, Murphy (Dennis)

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