Jens FIGLUS, Ph.D.
Research Interests and Expertise:
Dr. Figlus is a coastal engineering expert with special interests in coastal sediment transport processes, beach and dune morphodynamics, and coastal protection.
His current research projects deal with
the recovery of beaches after severe storms including detailed hydrodynamics, sediment transport and morphodynamics of ridge-runnel systems
vegetated coastal dunes and their resilience against erosion, overtopping and overwash
hybrid coastal storm surge protection systems (i.e. core-enhanced coastal dunes)
innovative coastal protection schemes for eroding coastlines
wave – structure – sediment interaction
wave – vegetation – sediment interaction
The complex physical processes involved in the destruction, but also the potential recovery of beaches, dunes and coastal defenses are of particular interest.
Dr. Figlus utilizes laboratory experiments, field measurements and process based numerical modelling to gain a better understanding of the complicated sediment transport phenomena that govern dune destruction and beach recovery. He also uses the data to create applied engineering models that serve as tools for managing our shorelines.
Dr. Figlus has extensive experience with hydrodynamic and sediment transport measurements and instrumentation in addition to applied process based numerical modelling of hydrodynamics, sediment transport, beach morphology evolution, dune and structure wave overtopping, sediment overwash and beach recovery mechanisms.
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, USA (2010)
Major: Coastal Engineering
Dissertation: “Coastal morphological evolution in the wet and dry zone.”
Master of Civil Engineering (M.C.E.), University of Delaware, USA (2007)
Major: Coastal Engineering.
Thesis: “Nourished beach evolution on the Delaware Atlantic coast”.
Dipl.-Ing., Civil Engineering, University of Karlsruhe (now KIT), GERMANY (2005)
Major: Environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering.
Thesis: “Experimental investigation on steep rock protected slopes subject to overtopping flow.”
Current Courses (Spring 2014):
CVEN 365 – Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
MASE 410 – Measurements in the Ocean Laboratory
MASE 407 – Capstone Design (Group Advisor)
MASE 400 – Introduction to Coastal Engineering (Fall 2012, 2013)
MASE 410 – Measurements in the Ocean Laboratory (Spring 2013)
MASE 482 – Engineering Seminar (Spring 2013)
MASE 406/407 – Capstone Design (Group Advisor 2012, 2013)
MASE 217 – Electrical Engineering: Circuits (Spring 2013)
MASE 485 – Directed Studies: Electrical Engineering Lab (Spring 2013)
“Fluid Mechanics Laboratory”, University of Delaware (TA Spring 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
Research and Work Experience:
Assist. Professor, Texas A&M University at Galveston – Maritime Systems Engineering Department (7/2012 – present)
Sr. Civil Engineer & Director of Business Development USA, Gauff Engineering Group (9/2010 – 6/2012)
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Applied Coastal Research, University of Delaware (1/2006 – 8/2010)
Research Assistant, Institute for Hydrodynamics, University of Karlsruhe (now KIT), Germany (10/2002 – 12/2005)
Visiting Researcher, Water Research Laboratory, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (3/2005 – 8/2005)
Ma, G., Kirby, J.T., Su, S-F., Figlus, J., and Shi, F. (2013). “Numerical study of turbulence and wave attenuation induced by vegetation canopies.” Coastal Engineering, 80, 68-78
Figlus, J., Kobayashi, N., and Gralher, C. (2012). “Ridge-Runnel Migration.” Proc. of 33rd Intl. Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander, Spain.
Figlus, J., Kobayashi, N., and Gralher, C. (2012). “Onshore Migration of Emerged Ridge and Ponded Runnel.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 138/5, 331-338.
Kobayashi, N., Jung, H., and Figlus, J. (2011). “Maintenance of Beach and Dune for Coastal Flooding Reduction.” Coastal Structures 2011,Yokohama, Japan.
Kobayashi, N., Hicks, B.S., and Figlus, J. (2011). “Evolution of Gravel Beach Profiles.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 137/5, 258-262.
Figlus, J., Kobayashi, N., Gralher, C., and Iranzo, V. (2011). “Wave Overtopping and Overwash of Dunes.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 137/1, 26-33.
Figlus, J., Kobayashi, N., Gralher, C., and Iranzo, V. (2010). “Wave-Induced Overwash and Destruction of Sand Dunes.” Proc. of 32nd Intl. Conference on Coastal Engineering, Shanghai, China.
Figlus, J. and Kobayashi, N. (2008). “Inverse Estimation of Sand Transport Rates on Nourished Delaware Beaches.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 134/4, 218-225.
Peirson, W.L., Figlus, J., Pells, S.E., Cox, R.J. (2008). “Placed Rock as Protection Against Erosion by Flow Down Steep Slopes.” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134/9, 1370-1375.
Figlus, J. and Kobayashi, N. (2008). “Two-Line Model for Inverse Estimation of Cross-Shore and Longshore Transport Rates on Nourished Beaches.” Proc. of 31st Intl. Conference on Coastal Engineering, Hamburg, Germany.
Kobayashi, N., Figlus, J., Buck, M. (2008). “Beach Nourishment and Dune Erosion.” Proceedings of 3rd International Short Course and Workshop on Applied Coastal Research, Lecce, Italy.
Awards and Memberships:
- Fulbright Alumni
- U.S. National Scholars Honor Society
- Member ASCE, COPRI, ASBPA
- Faculty Fellow TAMUG Center for Texas Beaches and Shores (www.tamug.edu/ctbs/)
- Reviewer ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering and Elsevier Coastal Engineering
- Co-organizer and chair of ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) 2013 mini-symposium “Coastal Hazards and Hydraulics” (Chicago, IL)
- Member Beach Maintenance Advisory Committee (BMAC) for the Galveston Park Board of Trustees
- Tulla Medal and Award for best graduate 2005, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (1/2006)
- German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) scholarship to complete diploma thesis at the Water Research Laboratory (WRL) of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (3/2005 – 8/2005)
- Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in the United States (8/2003 – 6/2004)