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Jennifer L. Irish

Professor
Professor
221E Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Professional Registration : P.E., D.CE
Personal Homepage : http://coastalhazardsvt.weebly.com/

Area of Interest

Coastal engineering; Physical impacts of coastal hazards including storm surge, tsunami inundation, and erosion; Disaster resilience; Coastal hazard probability and risk assessment; Impacts of climate change and sea-level rise at the coast; Vegetated coastal hydrodynamics. Please visit http://coastalhazardsvt.weebly.com/ for comprehensive information on Dr. Irish' research and teaching programs (including current publications, projects, and courses taught).

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Coastal Engineering focus, University of Delaware, 2005
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering focus, Lehigh University, 1994
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 1992
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2016 - present
  • Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2005-2011
  • Coastal Engineering Regional Technical Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division and New York District, 2001-2006
  • Research Coastal Engineer, U.S. Army Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, 1998-2001
  • Coastal Engineer, U.S. Army Coastal Engineering Research Center, 1994-1997
  • Member, Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (VASEM)
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2015 - ­2017 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech
  • 2013 ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering Outstanding Paper (1 of 5) for "Method
    for estimating future hurricane flood probabilities and associated uncertainty" by Irish and Resio
  • 2013 Scholar of the Week (October 21st), Virginia Tech
  • 2010 Civil Engineering Excellence in Research Award, Texas A&M University
  • 2008 Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Award for Excellence, Texas A&M University
  • 2008 Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, U.S. Army Director of Civil Works
  • 2006 Department of the Army Achievement Medal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2006 Department of the Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (New York District)
  • 2006 Department of the Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Mississippi Valley Division)
  • 2004 Commander's Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1997 Gustav Willems Award, PIANC International
  • 1997 Gustav Willems Award, U.S. Section PIANC
  • 1996 Best of Conference, 2nd International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
  • 1994 Elizabeth Major Nevius Award, Lehigh University
  • 1990 and 1991 Edward Twiggar Memorial Scholarship, Lehigh University
  • Chi Epsilon Honorary Society member