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Senior Researchers

Name Office Phone (541) Email

Merrick Haller Merrick Haller
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
209 Owen Hall 737-9141 merrick.haller <at> oregonstate.edu

David Honegger David Honegger
Research Associate (Postdoc)
Covell 006 737-2102 honegged <at> oregonstate.edu

Randy Pittman Randall Pittman
Faculty Research Assistant
Covell 006 737-2102 randall.pittman <at> oregonstate.edu


Name Office Email

Annika O'Dea Annika O'Dea
Covell 037 odeaa <at> oregonstate.edu

Alexandra Simpson Alexandra Simpson
Using X-Band radar and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to study surface waves, internal waves, and tidal fronts
Ph.D. Civil & Construction Engineering (expected December 2020)
Covell 037 simpsale <at> oregonstate.edu


Name Degree / Thesis or Project Title

- Most Recent Employment

Steven Beadle Steven Beadle M.Eng. / June 2006

- Washington State Ferries, Seattle, WA

No image available Colleen Black M.S. / June 2014
"Analysis of waves in the near-field of wave energy converter arrays through image processing"

- Moffatt & Nichol, Baltimore, MA

No image available Nicholas Brown M.S. / Dec 2010
"Experiments on the Accuracy of a 3D Motion Capture System"

- Ocean Facilities Program, U.S. Navy, Port Hueneme, CA

Spencer Bull Spencer Bull M.S. / January 2018
"Analysis of Along-Front Propagating Instabilities on an Ebb Tidal Front"

- Ocean Facilities Program, US Navy Civil Engineering Corps

Jeane Camelo Jeane Camelo M.Eng. / December 2011

Patricio Catalan Patricio Catalan M.Oc.E. / June 2005
"Hybrid Approach to Estimating Nearshore Bathymetry Using Remote Sensing"
Ph.D. / December 2008
"Microwave scattering from surf zone waves "

- Associate Professor, Departmento de Obras Civiles, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso, Chile

Matthew Dalon Matthew Dallon M.Oc.E. / June 2007
"Analysis of Rip Current Embayments on the Oregon Coast"

- Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Gibbsboro, NJ

Guillermo Diaz Guillermo Diaz Méndez Postdoctoral Scholar / 2011-2014

- Research Associate, Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Ensenada, Baja California - Department of Geology

Sang Gao Song Gao M.Eng. / December 2008

- Bureau Veritas, Houston, TX

Dan Garcia Dan Garcia M.S. / August 2003
"Effects of Natural and Artificial Reefs at Beverly Beach, OR"

- BNP Paribas international finance group

Alice Gillespie Alice Gillespie M.S. / December 2015
"Wave-by-wave forecasting of sea surface elevation for WEC applications utilizing NARX neural networks"

- M3Wave, Oregno

Phil Hamrock Phillip Hamrock M.Eng. / December 2008

- Ocean Facilities Program, US Navy Civil Engineering Corps

David Honegger David Honegger Ph.D. / June 2015
"Depth Estimation and Frontal Imaging via X-band Marine Radar"

- Postdoctoral Scholar, Oregon State University

Rebecca Kloster Rebecca Kloster M.S. / September 2015
"On the imaging of rip currents in X-band radar"

- USACE, Anchorage, AK

John-David Lentine John-David Lentine M.S. / June 2006
"Nearshore Applications of Marine Radar"

- USCG Facilities Design & Construction Center, Houston, TX

Dan Lutz Daniel Lutz M.S. / December 2008
"Design and construction of a real-time ocean mooring at Strawberry Hill"

- Executive Officer, Underwater Construction Team ONE, Ocean Facilities Program, US Navy, Virginia Beach, VA

Jason Magalen Jason Magalen M.Oc.E. / June 2006
"A Laboratory Experiment on Sandbar Migration with Comparisons to Recent Models"

- Sea Engineering, Portland, OR

Shay Meskill Shay Meskill M.S. / March 2010
"Applications of Marine Radar Wave Observing Systems"

- MAR Inc., Ontario, OR

Dave Michalsen Dave Michalsen M.Oc.E. / Sept. 2004
"Wave Transformation Over Steep Bathymetric Features"

- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, WA

Annika O'Dea Annika O'Dea M.S. / September 2014
"On the nearshore impact of wave energy converter arrays"

- Fulbright Scholar, Dakar, Senegal
- Ph.D. Student, Oregon State University

Neil Orlich Neil Orlich M.Eng. / June 2006

- USCG Air Station Clearwater, Clearwater, FL

Jitraporn Phaksopa Jitraporn Phaksopa Ph.D. / March 2015
"Wave-current Interaction Induced by Standing Long Waves in the Surf Zone"

- Lecturer at Dept. of Marine Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Aaron Porter Aaron Porter M.S. / August 2012
"Laboratory observations and numerical modeling of the effects of an array of wave energy converters"

- Coast & Harbor Engineering, Edmond, WA

No image available Muhammad Ali Rini M.Eng. / March 2016

- Indonesian Port Co., Jakarta, Indonesia

Alexandra Simpson Alexandra Simpson M.S. / September 2016
"Wave-by-Wave Forecasting via Assimilation of Marine Radar Data"

- Ph.D. student, Oregon State University

No image available Rebecca Sexton M.Eng / June 2014

Jeff Travis Jeff Travis M.Eng. / June 2010

Edward Wieland Edward Wieland M.S. / June 2003
"Assessment of Wave Conditions and Mooring Improvement Design at Coast Guard Station Neah Bay, WA"

- USCG Shore Maintenance Command, Seattle, WA