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John R-C. Hsu(Retired & Emeritus Professor)





Education and Major Experience

Ph. D. (1980), The University of Western Australia (Civil Engineering: Coastal Engineering)

Chairman, Institute of Physical of Oceanography (2001)

Chairman, Institute of undersea Technology (2000-2001)

Professor (2000)

Invited Keynote Speaker, First Brazilian International Symposium on Brazilian Sand Beaches, Itajai, Brazil (2000 Sept.)

Inclusion in the biographical reference "500 Leaders of Influence", American Biographical Institute, USA (1999)

Inclusion in the biographical reference "2000 Outstanding Scientists in the 20th Century", International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England (1999)

Faculty Opponent, Department of Water Resources and Engineering, Lund University, Lund, Sweden (1999 May-June)

Keynote speaker, 19th Conference on Ocean Engineering, Taiwan (1997 Nov.)

Editor, Journal of Coastal Research, The Coastal Education and Research Foundation [CERF]. Kansas: Allen Press, Inc. USA. (since Nov. 2000)

Editor, Coastal Engineering Journal, Japan Society of Civil Engineers. Singapore: World Scientific (since June 1997)

Advisory Editor, Coastal Engineering. Elsevier, Amsterdam: The Netherlands (since June 1996)


Research Interests

Coastal Engineering in general, with particular interest in wave theory, nearshore coastal hydrodynamics and beach processes

Derivation of analytical solution for short-crested wave theory to a third-order approximation, and for wave interactions between multiple wave trains

Derivation of empirical relationship for stable bay shapes in static equilibrium

Engineering applications of coastal geomorphology, with special emphasis on the methodology of beach erosion control using bayed beaches, which is applicable to coastal defense, shoreline changes downcoast of marine structures and design of artificial bayed beaches for recreation

Analytical approach for water-soil-structure interaction problems in porous seabed in front of marine structures under the action of short-crested waves.

Fundamental studies on internal gravity waves.


Courses Offered

 Probability and Statistics in Ocean Engineering, Numerical Analysis, Statics, Numerical Computation of Oceanic Wave Field, Supervising PhD and Master Engineering projects


Recent Research Projects

The Effect of Varying Seabed Topography on the Propagation of an Internal Solitary Wave, National Science Council, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Aug. 2001 - July 2002)

Foreign Consultant, AIT-SEATEC project for OEPP, Thailand, on the Master Plan Study for Coastal Erosion Alleviation from Petchaburi River Mouth to Pranburi River Mouth (Dec. 2000 - Dec. 2001)

Methodology for Preventing Littoral Drift from Silting the Entrance of a Fishing Harbor, for Fisheries Administration, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Jan. 2001 - Dec. 2001)

Beaches, Barrier Islands and Lagoon in Tainan County, for Tainan County, Taiwan, R.O.C. (July 2000 - June 2001)

Review on Clayton Beach Redevelopment project, for Ministry for Planning and Management, Western Australia (Dec. 1999 - Jan. 2000)


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