Okey G. Nwogu, Ph.D.


Dr. Nwogu is a Senior Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Nwogu worked at the National Research Council of Canada from 1989 to 1999 and at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Nwogu has over ten years experience in the development and application of mathematical models to simulate free surface flows in coastal regions and the interaction of ocean waves with fixed and floating coastal and offshore structures. He is the author of an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) award-winning paper on nearshore wave propagation modeling. He is also the principal developer of a comprehensive computer model for simulating the propagation and transformation of wind-generated in coastal regions and harbors, and ship-generated waves in rivers and estuaries. 

Dr. Nwogu has also been involved in a number of laboratory model studies including a model study of a tension-leg oil production platform for 2500 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico and measurements of hurricane-induced wave loads on jacket oil production platforms. His current research interests include nearshore wave propagation modeling, wave breaking and wave-induced currents in the surf zone, wake wash from high-speed vessels in shallow water, motions of ships in navigation channels and harbors, remote sensing of nearshore waves and currents and sediment transport and beach erosion processes.


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