Notre Dame Professor of Computational Hydraulics
Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
Areas of Expertise
- Computational fluid mechanics
- Hurricane storm surge
- Levee design
- Unstructured mesh coastal ocean hydrodynamic and transport codes
Director of Notre Dame’s Computational Hydraulics Laboratory, Westerink is the co-developer of the Advanced Circulation Model (ADCIRC), which is the authoritative computer model for storm surge used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Louisiana to determine water levels due to hurricane surge and to design levee heights and alignments. Westerink’s research focuses on computational fluid mechanics, finite element methods, the modeling of circulation and transport in coastal seas and oceans, tidal hydrodynamics, and hurricane storm surge prediction. Westerink is at the forefront of the development of high resolution heterogeneous unstructured mesh, multi-physics, multi-scale hydrodynamic codes and models for the coastal ocean and has successfully transitioned these to practitioners for a wide range of applications. He serves on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — West Bank and was co-leader of the Corps’ IPET surge and waves team that evaluated the Hurricane Katrina failures and hurricane protection risk for the New Orleans area.