Paul A. Work, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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  • Ph.D., Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, University of Florida, 1992
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1987
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1986
Research Interests: 
  • Coastal and oceanographic engineering
  • Sediment transport in river, estuary, reservoir and coastal environments
  • Water-wave propagation and transformation
  • Measurements of water wave and flow properties
  • Long-term impacts of dredging and sediment management
  • Marine geology, archaeology and hydrographic surveying
  • Contaminant transport via sediment mobilization
  • Scientific diving applications and technologies

Dr. Work received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California - Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida. Dr. Work’s research is related to the movement of water, and often sediments, in the natural environment—particularly the coastal and ocean environment. In this region, man’s interactions with sediments are often problematic, leading to beach erosion, harbor or channel sedimentation and resultant dredging, or transport of pollutants attached to sediments. Recent projects have included coastal, river and reservoir sediment transport, wave and tide measurement, tidal power, marine vessel/sea turtle interactions, and coastal groundwater contamination. These projects have been sponsored by a variety of state, federal, international, and private entities, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Geological Survey, and NOAA’s Sea Grant Program. Dr. Work is a registered Professional Engineer and AAUS scientific diver and has served as a consultant on domestic and international port and harbor problems and development projects.