Introducing Dr. Kendra M. Dresback

Dr. Kendra M. Dresback is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MS and PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focused on several algorithmic improvements to the finite element-based shallow water model, ADCIRC. Her dissertation was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Universities Council on Water Resources and she was a U.S. Department of Education GAANN Fellow. Dr. Dresback’s research includes the use of computational models to help in the prediction of hurricane storm surge and flooding in coastal areas and the incorporation of transport effects in coastal seas and oceans in ADCIRC.  Her research has been supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Office of Naval Research, the US Department of Defense EPSCoR, the US Department of Homeland Security, NOAA and the US Army Corp of Engineers.

Recent work has involved the development of a real-time forecast system that couples a hydrologic model to a coastal hydrodynamic model in order to obtain a more holistic representation of the coastal flooding as part of the US Department of Homeland Security Coastal Hazards Center. Expanding on this coupled model system, she is currently working with several partners as part of a NSF Hazards SEES project to couple the model system to an evacuation model, which can then provide guidance to emergency managers and others on best evacuation routes or shelter-in-place options.