Technical University of Crete Professor Costas Synolakis Receives International Award

Costas Emmanuel Synolakis, Ph.D., M.ASCE has been selected to receive ASCE’s 2015 John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award. The selection committee particularly noted the wide adoption of his contributions for tsunami warning, hazard assessment, and mitigation.

Prof. Synolakis is the leading tsunami engineer whose research over the past three decades spans a wide array of topics including: tsunamis, coastal engineering, water wave theory, breaking waves, runup, near-shore processes, seismology, marine geosciences, and volcanism.

He has published numerous highly cited, key papers on these topics. His legacy includes the MOST code (the Method Of Splitting Tsunami model), which has become the standard operational model used for inundation maps along the US Pacific coast.

Prof. Synolakis has mentored a generation of students who have themselves become leaders in academia, industry and government. Throughout his career, he has led, driven, inspired, and provided direction to tsunami research and coastal hazards mitigation on a truly global scale. He has organized and led several tsunami survey teams in the last twenty years.

He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1986, following his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1979, and B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science in 1978 from the California Institute of Technology.

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