Education & Experience

Education

PhD, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands (2016–Present)Coastal Engineering. Promotors: Zheng Bing Wang & Bram van Prooijen.

MSc, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands; Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim, Norway; University of Southampton, Southampton, the United Kingdom; (2014–2016). Coastal & Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM). Cum Laude.

BASc, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada (2007-2012)Honours Civil Engineering Co-op (Water Resources & Management Science) with Distinction.

Research Experience

PhD Student, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands (2016–Present)

  • Researching the influence of grain size on sediment transport pathways on an ebb-tidal delta in the Wadden Sea, for the purpose of planning large-scale sand nourishments (0.8 FTE).
  • Conducting field measurements of sediment transport, waves, and currents and  analyzing the results
  • Laboratory analysis of sediment samples obtained in the field as part of a tracer study
  • Numerical modelling of hydrodynamics and sediment transport

Visiting Researcher, Ifremer, Brest, France (2019–2019).

  • Analyzing and interpreting suspended sediment measurements in estuaries using optical and acoustic techniques
  • Conducting laboratory experiments on mixed sediment measurements
  • Hosted for two months by Dr. Romaric Verney at the DYNECO/DHYSED unit of Ifremer

Visiting Scientist, US Geological Survey (USGS), Santa Cruz, California (2019–2019).

  • Researching sediment dynamics in estuaries and tidal inlets
  • Simulating sediment transport pathways at the mouth of the Columbia River and applied sediment connectivity framework
  • Investigating coral reef dynamics on low-lying islands in the Pacific
  • Hosted for three months by Edwin Elias, Guy Gelfenbaum, and Curt Storlazzi at the
    Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Intern, Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands (2016–2016).

  • Researching wave-induced flooding on coral atolls in the Pacific for my MSc thesis
  • Developing a runup/overtopping prediction method for use in operational flood forecasting
  • Modelling wave runup and inundation using XBeach over a range of idealized reef profiles
  • Casting the model results in a Bayesian network probabilistic model
  • Validating the Bayesian network on other atolls and fringing reefs across the Pacific

Research Assistant, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),
Trondheim, Norway (2015–2015).

  • Modelled the thermo-mechanical erosion of permafrost coastlines in the Arctic using COSMOS
  • Identified data needs and promising leads in the field of Arctic coastal dynamics for future research
  • Developed custom pre/post-processing MATLAB toolkit for the COSMOS frozen soil
    module including batching and model skill assessment
  • Hosted for two months by Raed Lubbad of NTNU’s Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology group

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada (2011–2011).

  • Developed hydrological model pre-processor in VB.NET for Professor James Craig

Consulting/Industry Experience

Jr. Consultant/Researcher, Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands (2016–Present).

  • Applied hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modelling related to my previous MSc work on coral reefs and current PhD research on tidal inlets (0.2 FTE).
  • Developing an early warning system for wave induced flooding on low-lying tropical islands using non-hydrostatic wave models and Bayesian networks
  • Assessing the potential of coral reef restoration to reduce wave-induced flooding
  • Developing a numerical particle tracking model aimed specifically at defining sediment transport pathways and sediment connectivity in coastal systems

Coastal Engineer-in-Training, W.F. Baird & Associates Coastal Engineers,
Oakville, Canada (2012–2014).

I was employed for over two years at Baird & Associates where I contributed to numerous international coastal engineering projects, focusing on sediment and flood modelling.

  • Sediment Transport:

– Developed, calibrated, and post-processed hydrodynamic, long-term morphologic, and water quality models in Delft3D for two major projects including a contaminated harbour and a river with multiple dams
– Used Delft3D to estimate scour at bridges under extreme flood conditions and sedimentation rates during low-flow periods
– Developed custom MATLAB tool to model erosion potential due to propeller wash from tugboats and cruise ships

  • Flood Risk:

– Modelled flooding of urban areas using 2D (MIKE 21, Delft3D), 1D (MIKE 11, HEC-RAS), and 1D-2D coupled models (MIKE FLOOD)
– Created custom flood hazard mapping and animation tool for Delft3D using MATLAB & Google Earth
– Trained clients on the use of Baird’s Flood & Erosion Prediction System (FEPS)

  • Coastal Structures:

– Performed extreme value analyses for waves and storm surge, and modelled nearshore conditions using SwanOne to determine design conditions for a revetment
– Adapted shore protection damage algorithm in Baird’s Flood and Erosion Prediction System (FEPS) software and prepared user manual/technical documentation

Coastal Engineering Co-op Student, Baird & Associates Coastal Engineers, Oakville, Canada (2011–2011).

  • Modelled flooding of urban areas with MIKE 21 and HEC-RAS
  • Processed and analyzed large temporal and spatial datasets using Excel and MATLAB

Hydrotechnical Engineering Co-op Student, BC Hydro, Burnaby, Canada (2011–2011).

  • Developed hydraulic model for dam breach flooding scenarios using MIKE 11, Blue Kenue, and ArcMap as part of inundation mapping and flood risk program
  • Performed hydrologic analyses of dam systems including calculation of design floods

Student Designer, MTE Consultants Inc., Kitchener, Canada (2010–2010).

  • Engaged in dozens of municipal projects ranging from stormwater management and creek
  • rehabilitation to road reconstruction and roundabout design
  • Drafted design drawings, inspected projects in the field; extensive technical reporting

Junior Engineering Co-op Student, PCL, Toronto & North Bay, Canada (2009–2009).

  • Supervised construction at condominium towers and hospital construction site
  • Read and updated structural, mechanical, and electrical drawings using AutoCAD

Cost Engineering Co-op Student, Kiewit Energy, Fort McMurray, Canada (2008–2008).

  • Assisted management and engineers with project controls tasks on Steam-Assisted Gravity
  • Drainage (SAGD) oil plant construction site including cost and labour analysis

Volunteer Experience

Engineering Orientation Committee Head, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada (2009–2010).

  • Led team in the planning and execution of the university’s Orientation Week
  • Prepared detailed budgets and risk management procedures for the week’s events
  • Managed over 300 volunteer leaders and 1600 first-year engineering students
  • Successfully managed budget and raised thousands of dollars in sponsorship

Editor-in-Chief/Assistant Editor, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada (2008–2009).

  • Coordinated over 50 staff and contributors for biweekly publication; ran weekly meetings
  • Managed advertising and finances; stayed on budget and successfully recruited advertising clients
  • Designed newspaper layout, proofread and edited content, and wrote numerous articles