Amanda L. Wood PE., Ph.D

Dr. Wood

MASE Assistant Department Head & Instructional Assistant Professor

Tel:  (409) 741 - 4015
Fax: (409) 741 - 7153
E-mail: wooda@tamug.edu

"Our maritime systems engineering program prepares students to compete in a global economy upon graduation.  We strive to produce engineers that will use their knowledge and skill to become innovative engineering leaders in society as a whole." - Dr. Wood

Favorite Quotes:

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."   - Aristotle

BACKGROUND

Dr. Wood is a native Houstonian and an experienced civil engineer.   She has worked in various sectors in industry as a civil engineer.  While working in industry, she obtained  her professional engineering  license to practice in the state of Texas.  To further her expertise,  Dr. Wood returned to the University of Houston and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in civil engineering.  Her area of concentration is in water resources, specifically computational fluid dynamics.  Dr. Wood joined the Maritime Systems of Engineering Department in January 2010 to assist in educating today's aspiring engineers.  She is currently  the Assistant Department Head for MASE.  In addition,  Dr. Wood  teaches Foundation of Engineering I to incoming Freshman, as well as Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Reinforced Concrete Structures.

Education, Fellowships/Awards, Courses and Membership/Service

EDUCATION

  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, May 2010
    Ph. D., Civil Engineering , Area of concentration: Water Resources
    Dissertation: “Modeling free-surface flows with a steep wave front by an ADI finite-difference scheme in a curvilinear coordinate system.”
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, December 2000
    Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Area of concentration: Structures
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, May 1997
    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

FELLOWSHIPS/HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Awarded the Ambrose Malloy Endowed Scholarship for the 2008-2009 Academic Year
  • Recipient of the GAANN Fellowship in Infrastructure Engineering, 2005- 2010
  • Recipient of the Graduate Tuition Fellowship, 2005-2010
  • Recipient of the Graduate Tuition Grant-Engineering, 2005-2010
  • Awarded Best of Session (Hydraulics) in the fall 2007 ASCE Texas Section Meeting in Fort Worth, TX.
  • Recipient of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company Scholarship

COURSES TAUGHT:

  • ENGR 111 - Foundations of Engineering I
  • MASE 221 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics
  • CVEN 311 - Fluid Dynamics
  • CVEN 336 - Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
  • CVEN 365 - Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
  • MASE 344 - Reinforced Concrete Structures

MEMBERSHIP/SERVICE

  • ABET Evaluator, evaluator since 2013
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, member since 1997
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, member since 2013
  • Texas Society of Professional Engineers, member since 2003
  • National Society of Professional Engineers, member since 2003
  • Chi Epsilon Honor Society, member since 1997
  • Reviewer ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering

Employment, Licenses, and Publications

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • August 2012 – Present   Assistant Department Head & Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Maritime Systems Engineering Department
  • March 2012 – August 2012  Assistant Department Head & Lecturer, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Maritime Systems Engineering Department
  • January 2010 – February 2012   Lecturer, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Maritime Systems Engineering Department
  • May 2005 – December 2010   Research Assistant, University of Houston Main Campus, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
  • January 2000 – 2004  Engineer, Harris County Public Infrastructure Department Engineering Division, Engineering Design Section

LICENSES

Licensed Texas Professional Engineer - since January 2003

PUBLICATIONS

  • Horrillo, J.J., A.L. Wood, G.-B. Kim, and A. Parambath, (2013). "A simplified 3-D Navier-Stokes numerical model for landslide-tsunami: Application to the Gulf of Mexico."  Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans). 
  • Horrillo, J.J., A.L. Wood, C. Williams, A. Parambath, and G.-B. Kim, (2010).  Construction of tsunami inundation maps in the Gulf of Mexico, Tech. Rep, National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP), National Weather Service Program Office, NOAA.
  • Wood, A. L., and Wang, K.-H. (2007). "2D Dam-Break Analysis:  MacCormack Scheme Based Curvilinear Hydrodynamic Model " Texas Section ASCE- Hydraulic Session, Fall Meeting, American Society of Civil Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Wood, A. L., and Wang, K.-H. (2008). "Simulation of Free-Surface Flows in a Curvilinear Coordinate System." Texas Section ASCE- Hydraulic Session, Spring Meeting, American Society of Civil Engineers, Corpus Cristi, Texas.
  • Wood, A. L., and Wang, K.-H. (2008). "Modeling Free Surface Flows with a Steep Wave Front by an ADI Finite-Difference Scheme in a Curvilinear Coordinate System." Inaugural International Conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota.