B.S. Rowan University 2018, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mathematics Minor
M.E. Stevens Institute of Technology 2020, Ocean Engineering (Coastal)
Since I was a kid, I’ve spent my summers in Beach Haven West, NJ boating in the Barnegat Bay and swimming at the beach. Being near the coast quickly became my favorite place to spend time. I first learned of Coastal Engineering while attending an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference in Portland, Oregon in 2016. I followed up that interest by doing undergraduate research at Rowan University focused on flood resiliency and vulnerability in coastal communities.
I began doing more research on coastal engineering and discovered publications by Dr. Jon Miller. He happened to be giving a presentation about living shorelines a few weeks later, and by attending and asking questions I opened a conversation with him about pursuing a career in coastal engineering. Soon after I was offered an undergraduate summer research position at Stevens working with living shorelines. I followed that up with a coastal engineering internship in the fall at Mott MacDonald doing field work and contributing to a wave attenuation project. I enjoyed both experiences so much that I decided to pursue my masters at Stevens under the advisement of Dr. Miller.
I started my master’s education at Stevens in August 2018 and plan to graduate with an M.Eng in Ocean Engineering, concentration in Coastal Engineering in May 2020. In my first year I did research focusing on wave attenuation, living shorelines, and beach topography mapping using unmanned aerial systems (UAS). I helped perform various types of different field work at beaches, bays, and rivers and enjoyed all of it. This summer I’ve been working as a summer intern at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility in Duck, NC doing analyses on UAS beach topography mapping. My master’s thesis will likely consist of the projects I’ve worked on related to UAS.