Matthew S. Janssen, PE
M.Eng. in Ocean Engineering, 2016, Stevens Institute of Technology
B.S. in Ocean Engineering, 2011, University of Rhode Island
In my early childhood, I had a single experience with the coast. My most vivid recollections of that trip are not of the waves and sunsets - but of hours spent stuck in traffic, confined to the backseat, caked in sand, roasting in a car that was never equipped with a/c. I am half embarrassed, half ashamed to admit I was not very fond of ocean. Luckily, a summer racing sailboats in middle school convinced me to reconsider. Suffice to say, I have been hooked ever since.
A fortuitous visit to URI introduced me the Ocean Engineering Department and the major seemed the best way to assure living and working by the coast. To my surprise, graduation found me promptly shipped off to... Kentucky. After cutting my teeth in the marine and coastal consulting industry; I returned to graduate school in 2015. Working under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, I focused on modeling the performance of hybrid dune structures during extreme events. His passion was contagious and the experience ignited a curiosity and desire to further pursue research.
At Stevens, I am pursuing a terminal degree in coastal engineering. My work is predominantly related to assessing, predicting and mitigating damages attributed to coastal storms.