Dr Colin Nicholas Whittaker

Biography

Colin Whittaker received his Bachelor in Engineering (Civil Engineering) from the University of Canterbury in 2010. He stayed at the University of Canterbury for his PhD on the topic 'Modelling of tsunami generated by the motion of a rigid block along a horizontal boundary', under the supervision of Roger Nokes, Mark Davidson and Pedro Lee.

After completing his PhD in early 2014, he completed a two-year postdoctoral research position within the ENFORCE (Extreme responses using NewWave: Forces, Overtopping and Runup in Coastal Engineering) project at Plymouth University in the UK. This project, a collaboration with the University of Oxford, involved conducting experiments to investigate the applicability of the NewWave profile (used as a design wave in offshore engineering) for a variety of coastal engineering problems.

During his time at Plymouth University, Colin was also involved in research relating to experimental wave generation, particle trajectories beneath focused wave groups and species recruitment onto healthy and degraded reefs.

Colin began a position at the University of Auckland in January 2016, and is a lecturer in Civil Engineering Hydraulics.

Research | Current

  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Tsunami generation, propagation and inundation
  • Mechanics of destructive waves
  • Wave runup, overtopping and impacts
  • Innovative laboratory measurement techniques

Teaching | Current

  • CIVIL 230 - Fluid Mechanics 1
  • CIVIL 734 - River Engineering (not offered in 2018)
  • CIVIL 782 - Water Resources Engineering
  • CIVIL 331 - Hydraulic Engineering

Distinctions/Honours

  • 2012: IMBROS Best Student Paper Presentation Award, Physical Oceanography Workshop, NIWA, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2010: PhD Scholarship, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury
  • 2009: Third Professional Scholarship, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member, IAHR

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Primary office location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 10, Room 1009
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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