Dr. Navid Tahvildari

Dr. Navid Tahvildari is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering with coastal and ocean engineering focus from Texas A&M University in 2011. Prior to joining ODU, Dr. Tahvildari was a postdoctoral scholar at the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Stanford University. His research interests include coastal hazards and their impact on coastal civil infrastructure. Specifically, he is interested in storm wave and surge interactions with natural and built landscape, nature-based solutions for adaptation of coastal infrastructure, data-driven techniques for predicting storm waves and flooding, and climate change and sea level rise impact on coastal communities. Dr. Tahvildari uses computational, analytical, and field methods in his research. His group has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Sea Grant, and local, private, and non-profit agencies.


Postdoctoral Research Associates 

Sunghoon Han

Project title: Modeling Compound Flooding in Urban Coastal Areas under Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Sunghoon has received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.


Mohammad Akhsanul Islam

Project title: Evaluating Nature-Based Solutions for Mitigation of Roadway Flooding under Sea Level Rise

Mohammad has received his Ph.D. from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Ph.D. Students

Ali Shahabi

Dissertation title: Real-Time Coastal Flood Prediction using Physics-Based and Machine Learning Modeling


Lauren Sommers

Dissertation title: Evolution of Coastal Sediment Transport: Impact of Relative Sea Level Rise


M.S. Students (thesis option)

Ohiedul Haque Mohammad Asad

Project title: Evaluating errors in acoustic water level sensors


Stephen Greiling

Project title: Hydrodynamics of lake aeration: a modeling and field study




Former Undergraduate Students


Adrianna Armhein (Undergraduate Student) 

Project title: Interactions between hydrodynamics and biophysical processes in seagrasses


Former Graduate Students


Akash Sahu (MS Student) (2017-2019)

Graduated in December 2019

Thesis Title: Sea Level Rise Impacts on Storm-Induced Shoreline Erosion

Current position: Engineer at Coastal Protection Engineering, Boca Raton, FL


Elham Sharifineyestani (Ph.D. Student) (2015-2019)

Graduated in December 2019

Dissertation Title: Surface Wave Evolution over Cohesive Sediments and Aquatic Vegetation

Current position: Senior Scientist, AON, Chicago, IL


Luca Castrucci (MS Student) (2015-2017)

Graduated in December 2017

Thesis Title: Vulnerability Assessment of Critical Bridges in the Hampton Roads Region of Virginia to Storm Surge Flooding under Sea Level Rise

Current Position: Environmental Scientist, Arcadis, San Francisco, CA


Former Postdoctoral Research Associates 


Ramin Familkhalili (2019-2021)

Project title: Computational Modeling of the Interactions between Flow and Flexible Vegetation

Ramin has received his Ph.D. from Portland State University.

Current Position: Coastal Scientist, NOAA-Affiliate