Engineering with Nature
Jane McKee Smith, PhD, PE, D.CE
Smith is the US Army Senior Research Scientist for Hydrodynamic Phenomenon, stationed at the US Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory in Vicksburg, MS. She earned a PhD from University of Delaware in Civil Engineering with a focus on Coastal Engineering. Smith’s research focus is on coastal hydrodynamics, including nearshore waves and currents, wave-current interaction, shallow-water wave processes, and storm surge. Her projects include theoretical and numerical studies as well as laboratory and field experimentation. She has over 200 professional publications. Smith is Chair of the Coastal Engineering Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Elsevier journal Coastal Engineering and the ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. She is an Adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University, and her honors include ASCE Distinguish Member (2014), ASCE Government Civil Engineer of the Year (2010), and Waterways Experiment Station Woman of the Year (1987). She is a Professional Engineer, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Coastal Engineering Diplomate (Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers).
Engineer-friendly machine learning models for coastal structure design
Kyung-Duck Suh, Ph.D.
Dr. Suh is a professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Seoul National University, Korea. He earned his B.S. degree from Seoul National University and M.S. and Ph.D degrees from University of Delaware. He worked at Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Korea Ocean Research Development Institute before he moved to Seoul National University, where he taught for twenty years until he retired in 2017. He is the author of more than eighty technical papers published in international coastal and ocean engineering journals. His research interests include wave transformation, coastal processes, and coastal structures. He was the LOC chair of the 34th ICCE held in Seoul in 2014, and the former chair of the Asian and Pacific Coasts Council (2015-2017).
Coastal Structures and Waterways Engineering in Germany
Holger Rahlf completed his civil engineering studies at the Technical University of Hannover in 1989. He began his scientific career at the Leichtweiß-Institute (LWI) - Division of Hydromechanics, Coastal and Ocean Engineering at Technical University of Braunschweig. After four years of research work in the field of sediment transport and coastal protection, predominantly at the Large Wave Flume - a Joint Central Institution of both of the Universities of Hannover and Braunschweig, he joined to the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute (BAW) in 1993. From 1997 to 2014, he was head of the “Estuary Systems I” section and was responsible for consultation in large infrastructure projects of the Federal Waterways- and Shipping Administration in maritime areas. Since 2014, Holger Rahlf is head of the Hamburg Office of BAW and head of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering in Coastal Area.
Since 2008, he also contributed as an external lecturer for Maritime Waterways Engineering ensuring that the students at LWI can benefit from his long time experience in extensive waterway engineering projects.