Westerink Wins ASCE’s Orville T. Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award

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April 7, 2014

Westerink, Johannes 2Joannes J. A. Westerink, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Orville T. Magoon Sustainable Coasts Award for developing computational fluid dynamics models to predict hurricane storm surge, for applying his expertise to build more sustainable coastal communities, and for educating and inspiring the next generation of coastal engineers. The Henry J. Massman Chairman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, Westerink is an internally recognized expert in computational fluid dynamics, numerical methods and modeling, and the physics of hurricane storm surge. His work with such agencies as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on storm surge modeling issues have resulted in a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Working in conjunction with Rick Luettich, Ph.D., at the University of North Carolina, they developed ADCIRC, a computational fluid dynamics model that has been used internationally to predict and assess the impacts of hurricane-induced storm surge and flooding. The model has been used extensively for sustainable coastal infrastructure design and for storm surge emergency planning, mitigation, and recovery. It was used pre- and post-Katrina, particularly in the recovery and rebuilding plans for the Louisiana coast and in the prediction of surge levels from Superstorm Sandy. As testament to the robustness of this model, it has become the standard for coastal planning by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and the Nuclear Research Foundation as well as by universities for research and education.

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