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Current Students

Name

Pursuing Degree

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Research Topic

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Ahrouch, Ghizlane
M.Sc.
Dr. Greeson
Braman, Ryan
M.Sc.
Prof. Cheung
Carmichael, Allan
M.Sc.
Prof. Cheung
Efficient†jet assisted cable burial
Foster, Jacob
M.Sc.
Prof. Ghorbani
Wave Energy Conversion
Frederick, Michael
M.Sc.
Prof. Nihous
Ocean Energy
Gemba, Kai L.
Ph.D.
Dr. Nosal
Passive acoustic monitoring methods & Signal Processing
Heitmann, Troy
Ph.D.
Prof. Cheung
Nearshore processes, Coastal morphology, Ocean/Coastal numerical modeling
Hillenhagen, Florian
Ph.D.
 
Koons, Jonathan
M.Sc.
 
Li, Linyan
Ph.D.
Prof. Cheung
Tsunami Modeling
Linsley, Derek
M.Sc.
 
Miyakita, Shino
M.Sc.
Prof. Masutani
Decomposition of methane hydrates formed in sand at deep sea floor pressures and temperatures
Onat, Yaprak
Ph.D.
Prof. Ertekin
Tsunami Modeling and Wave Energy  
Rideout, Brendan
Ph.D.
Dr. Nosal
Marine mammal call detection, classification, and localization
Schaab, Carolyn
M.Sc.
 
Schreiber, Charla
Ph.D.
Prof. Nihous
Ocean Energy
Schwartz, Andrew
M.Sc.
Prof. Ertekin
Modeling the cold-water pipe for a floating OTEC platform
Silver, Kara
M.Sc.
 
Seiffert, Betsy
Ph.D.
Prof. Ertekin
Hydrodynamic loads on coastal bridges due to tsunami
Stephenson, A. Morgan
Ph.D.
Prof. Cheung
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Templeton, William
M.Sc.
Prof. Cheung
Tsunami Mapping Project
Wesley, Matthew
M.Sc.
 
Xu, Conghao
Ph.D.
Prof. Huang
 

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Outstanding Students

Justin Stopa

2012 - 2013: Justin Stopa and John Casilio

 

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award was given to two very deserving individuals this year.

Justin Stopa got a Bachelorís Degree in Mathematics from the College of New Jersey in the Spring of 2005. A NOAA summer internship followed during which he developed a keen interest in spectral wave modeling working with Prof. Cheung. He then enrolled in the Ocean and Resources Engineering Department where he excelled, completing his MS studies in the Fall of 2007 with 33 additional credits of undergraduate engineering classes. He passed the PhD qualifying exam in the Spring of 2008, advanced to candidacy last year, and plans to graduate this Summer. He is in the process of applying for post-doctorate fellowships to pursue his broad research interests. Those primarily hinge on spectral wave modeling with applications to studies of ocean wave energy, wave-induced atmospheric infrasound signals, and global wave climate, which is the focus of his PhD dissertation. He already has a remarkable publication record, with several first-authored papers in prestigious journals, such as Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Ocean Modelling, Renewable Energy. Justin has developed strong collaborative relationships in the scientific community, working for example with Dr. Tolman of NOAA NCEP, one of the lead developers of WAVEWATCH III. He has also produced broadly available regional hindcast wave data sets that have been extensively used by scholars and engineers.

John Casilio

John Casilio got a Bachelorís Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the US Naval Academy in 2006. Since then, he has pursued a career in the Navyís Civil Engineer Corps, where he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant at the Patuxent River, MD Naval Air Station. Among his accomplishments, he distinguished himself in a tour of duty in Iraqís Al Anbar Province, providing support to the Marine Expeditionary Forces. He enrolled in the MS program of the Ocean and Resources Engineering Department in the Fall of 2011 while working part-time in Pearl Harbor. Despite his professional and family responsibilities, he successfully completed his graduate studies in the Fall of 2012. John not only obtained very good grades, but he proved to be an outstanding researcher with a passion for solving engineering problems. He chose to analyze the thermal behavior of the electro-mechanical umbilical cable of SOESTís new remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Working with Dr. Greeson, John effectively formulated the problem, completed a thorough literature search, adapted and solved an existing analytical model which he then validated with experimental laboratory data. To date, his published results provide invaluable operational guidance for the ROV operators. John is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Hawaii, and was the 2011-2012 chair of the UH SNAME student section.

The annual Outstanding Graduate Student Award is presented to the OE student whose research, course work and/or teaching ability merit special commendation. The recipients are recognized for their potential to make significant contributions in the field of Ocean Engineering.

The Award was initiated in 1993-1994 academic year and the receipients up to now are listed below.

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Placement Data

Statistics from the 2007-2012 graduates provide a clear picture of where the students are coming from and where they are heading after graduation. Approximately 20% of the students were recruited from Hawai‘i (those who went through high school or undergraduate education in Hawai'i), 40% from other parts of the U.S., and 40% from foreign countries. However, 60% of the graduates found work or continued to study in Hawai‘i, 30% moved to other parts of the U.S., and 10% went abroad. Almost all of the graduates obtained employment or continue to study in the ocean and resources engineering disciplines.
Career opportunities for graduates in ocean and resources engineering exist in several areas. Approximately 45% of the 2007-2012 graduates found work in private industry including oil companies, consulting and environmental service firms, classification societies, and construction firms in the U.S. About 10 % of them joined or continued their employment with federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy; and 10% found work with  state agencies. Another 25% entered Ph.D. programs or received post-doctorate positions at U.S. universities. The 10% of graduates who went abroad continue to study, or work for government agencies and in academia.

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