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A New Coastal Engineering Graduate Program

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Ocean and Marine Division Technical Session 1

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Ocean and Marine

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26.73.1 - 26.73.7



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Robert W. Whalin Jackson State University

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Dr. Robert W. Whalin, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director, Coastal Hazards Center, Jackson State University. He is Director Emeritus of the Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS. He received his PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University in 1971 and is a Registered Professional Engineer. Dr. Whalin was Director of Army Research Laboratory (1998-2003; Adelphi, MD), and Technical Director /Director of Waterways Experiment Station (1985-1998; Vicksburg, MS). He has authored/co-authored over a hundred technical papers and reports during his
career in private industry, government and academia. His current research interests are nearshore wave transformations, coastal structures, tsunami inundation, hurricane surges, high performance computing, and engineering education.

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A New Coastal Engineering Graduate ProgramA Master of Science degree in Engineering with a Coastal Engineering area of concentration hasbeen approved, students enrolled and the first graduates are scheduled for May 2015. This is thefirst coastal or ocean engineering graduate program at an HBCU. Students may chose a thesis,project or course only option requiring 24 semester hours plus a six hour thesis, 27 semesterhours plus a three hour project and 36 semester hours respectively. All options require an oralexamination. Seven core courses, one mandatory, comprise the coastal engineeringconcentration and the student must enroll in at least four (12 semester hours) core courses. Thestudent may choose the remaining courses (with approval of graduate committee chair) fromamong the remaining three coastal engineering core courses and a large variety of other civil andenvironmental engineering courses. The paper describes the core courses and the array ofoptions that the student has to complete course work in his/her major civil engineering area ofinterest (structural, geotechnical, transportation, water resources, geological, environmental orcomputational engineering). The flexibility of course selection enables the graduate student totailor their coursework to their major area(s) of career interest. Laboratory facilities available tostudents are described. The program has a coastal natural disaster focus and was established aspart of the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence sponsored by the Department of HomelandSecurity. An undergraduate coastal engineering concentration in the BS Civil Engineeringdegree program and a Ph.D. in Engineering with a coastal engineering concentration are alsodiscussed.

Whalin, R. W. (2015, June), A New Coastal Engineering Graduate Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23414

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