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Current Students






Braman, Ryan
Prof. Cheung

Clark, Victor

Hardy, Ian J.

Heitmann, Troy
Prof. Cheung
Nearshore processes, Coastal morphology, Ocean/Coastal numerical modeling
Li, Linyan
Prof. Cheung
Tsunami Modeling
Manabe, Kei

Onat, Yaprak
Prof. Ertekin
Tsunami Modeling and Wave Energy 
Rideout, Brendan
Dr. Nosal
Marine mammal call detection, classification, and localization
Uglow, Ronald J.


Varamo, Vincent
Dr. Howe

Xu, Conghao
Prof. Huang

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Outstanding Students

Justin Stopa

2013 - 2014: Betsy Seiffert

Betsy grew up in Dubuque, IA, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Mathematics in 2002. She received her M.Oc.E. from Oregon State University in May 2010 under Professor Harry Yeh. Her master's thesis was titled "Flow visualization for wake formation under solitary wave flow." She used data extracted from particle image velocimetry (PIV) along with vector and tensor visualization techniques to study wake formation behind a vertical cylinder under solitary wave flow. Betsy started at the University of Hawaii as a Ph.D. student in August 2010 under Professor Ertekin as a member of the coastal bridge and port vulnerability to tsunami and storm surge project funded by the Hawaii Department of Transportation. Her dissertation is titled: "Tsunami and storm wave impacts on coastal bridges.” Betsy has developed and executed an extensive set of laboratory experiments to investigate wave loading on coastal bridges, providing a valuable benchmark to validate numerical calculations and providing guidelines for full scale bridges. These experiments have included measuring horizontal and vertical forces due to solitary and cnoidal waves on a flat plate, a bridge model with girders, and a bridge model with different percentages of air relief openings between girders for both fully and partially inundated conditions. She has been published in the Coastal Engineering Journal, has presented results at MTS/IEEE OCEANS '12 in Yeosu, South Korea, and presented results at OMAE 2014 in San Francisco, CA this June. Before she got too busy, she paddled 6 man outrigger canoes with the Hui Lanakila canoe club. When she gets a chance, Betsy tries to make it to a yoga class, get out for a jog or read fiction.

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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