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Costas Synolakis

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Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education

  • 1986, PhD, Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 1979, Masters, Caltech
  • 1978, Bachelors, Caltech

Biography


B.S. - 1978 - California Institute of Technology
M.S. - 1979 - California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. - 1985 - California Institute of Technology

Research Summary


* Tsunami research; inundation field surveys, numerical and analytical modeling, and hazard assessment, mitigation and planning
* Breaking waves
* Wave runup
* Hydrodynamic pressures on dams
* Two-phase flow

Awards


  • 1981 The Alexander Onassis Public Beneļ¬t Foundation Fel lowship
  • 1989 The White House Presidential Young Investigator
  • 2001 The County of Los Angeles Award on Leadership in Emergency Preparedness
  • 2010 STATUS Man of the Year for the Environment
  • 2014 EGU 2014 Soloviev Medal of the European Geophysical Union
Appointments
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office
  • KAP 206C
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2531

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-0613
  • costas@usc.edu

Websites

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