Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Deleware, 2001
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Ohio State University, 1996
  • B.S. with Distinction, Civil Engineering, Ohio State University, 1994

Kevin A Haas is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Haas received his B.S. with distinction in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1994, where his honor's project involved working on a computer program for water main analysis and design. For his Master's thesis also from The Ohio State University, Dr. Haas worked on wind wave modeling in San Francisco Bay, including spending a summer (1995) working for USGS in Palo Alto, California implementing a real time wind and wave model. He received his Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering from the University of Delaware in January 2001. His Ph.D. work involved numerical and physical modeling of rip current systems, for which he won the Delaware Sea Grant award for outstanding research. Dr. Haas continued at the University of Delaware as a Post-Doctoral Fellow from January 2001 to December 2002. Dr. Haas joined the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology as part of the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program in January 2003. He is part of the team developing a new program in Coastal Engineering at Georgia Tech, Savannah.
Dr. Haas received his B.S. with distinction in Civil Engineering, where his honor's project involved working on a computer program for water main analysis and design. For his Master's thesis, Dr. Haas worked on wind wave modeling in San Francisco Bay, including spending a summer working for USGS in Palo Alto, California implementing a real time wind and wave model. His Ph.D. work involved numerical and physical modeling of rip current systems, for which he won the Delaware Sea Grant award for outstanding research. After graduating in January 2001, Dr. Haas continued at the University of Delaware as a Post Doctoral Fellow.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Dr. Haas' research interests include coastal engineering
  • Numerical modeling of nearshore circulation
  • Sediment transport in coastal regions
  • Hydrodynamics of rip current systems
  • Utilizing video for field and laboratory observations of waves and currents
  • Modeling and field observations of morphodynamic evolution
  • Sediment and contaminant transport in tidal marshes and extracting energy from waves and currents

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Journal of Geophysical Research, Oceans Outstanding Reviewer Citation, 2011.
  • Delaware Sea Grant Outstanding Student Research Award, 2001.
  • Davis Fellowship, Civil Engineering at University of Delaware, 1996-1997.
  • Charles B. Lichtenstein Outstanding Undergraduate in Civil Engineering Award 1994.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Yang, X., Haas, K., Fritz, H., French, S., Shi, X., Smith, B., Neary, V. and Gunawan, B. (2015) National geodatabase of ocean current power resource in USA. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol 44, Pages 496-507.
  • Yang, X., Haas, K. and Fritz, H. (2014) Evaluating the Potential for Energy Extraction from Turbines in the Gulf Stream system. Renewable Energy, Vol 72, Pages 12-21
  • Bruder, B., Bomminayuni, S., Haas, K and Stoesser, T. (2014) Modeling tidal distortion in the Ogeechee Estuary. Ocean Modelling, Vol 82, Pages 60-69.
  • Work, P., Haas, K., Warren, D. and Elci, S. (2013) Assessment and transport of sediment-bound estuarine contaminants. Water Quality, Exposure and Health doi:10.1007/s12403-013-0101-7
  • Yang, X., Haas, K. and Fritz, H. (2013), Theoretical assessment of ocean current energy potential for the Gulf Stream system. Marine Technological Society Journal, 47(4).
PROCEEDINGS
  • Haas, K., Yang, X. and Fritz, H. (2014) Modeling impacts of energy extraction from the Gulf Stream System. Marine Energy Technology Symposium, April 2014, Seattle WA.
  • Bruder, B. and Haas, K. (2014) Tidal Distortion as Pertains to Hydrokinetic Turbine Selection and Resource Assessment. Marine Energy Technology Symposium, April 2014, Seattle WA.
  • Work, P.A., Haas, K., Otay, E., Warren, D., and Elci, S., (2013). Risk analysis for transport of contaminated estuarine sediments. 6th Intl. Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment, ASCE, Izmir, Turkey
  • List, J., Warner, J., Thieler, E., Haas, K., Voulgaris, G., McNinch, J. and Brodie, K. (2011) A Nearshore Processes Field Experiment at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S.A. To appear in Proceeding of Coastal Sediments 2011, ASCE
  • Defne, Z., Haas, K. and Fritz, H. (2008) Assessment of Tidal Currents along the Atlantic Coast of the Southeast USA for Energy Conversion: Case Study for Georgia. 2nd International Conference on Ocean Energy, Brest, France.
REPORTS
  • Haas, K. (2013). Assessment of Energy Production Potential from Ocean Currents along the United States Coastline. doi:10.2172/1093367
  • Smallegan, S., Haas, K., Work, P. and Warren, D. (2012). Lead and PAHs in Sediments Surrounding the Skeet Range at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Beaufort, SC. Project Report to US Marine Corps Headquarters
  • Haas, Kevin A. (2011) Assessment of Energy Production Potential From Tidal Streams In the United States. doi:10.2172/1023527.
  • Smallegan, S., Gay, T., Haas, K., Work, P. and Warren, D. (2011). Heavy Metals and Sediment Analyses: Small Arms Firing Ranges, US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC. Project Report to US Marine Corps Headquarters
  • Hammerstein, H.., Gay, T., Work, P., Haas, K. and Warren, D. (2011). Sediment Analyses: Brant Island Shoal and Piney Island Bombing Ranges, US Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point NC. Project Report to US Marine Corps Headquarters
PRESENTATIONS
  • Haas, K., Stoesser, T., Bruder, B. and Bomminayuni, S. (2013) Tidal Energy Assessment for Rose Dhu Island, GA. Coastal Georgia Colloquium, October 2013, Savannah GA.
  • Neary, V., Polagye, B., Gunawan, B., Haas, K. and Colby, J. (2013) Tidal Energy Site Resource Assessment: Technical Specifications, Best Practices and Case Studies. 6th Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference, Washington DC
  • Yang, X., Haas, K. and Fritz, H. (2013) Ocean Current Energy Assessment for the Gulf Stream. 4th Annual Marine Renewable Energy Technical Conference, Providence Rhode Island, Jan 2013.
  • Haas, K. (2012) Tidal Stream Energy Resource Assessments. Invited presentation at the 5th Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Haas, K. and Warner, J. (2012) Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave Modeling Of Weather Fronts. Presented at Ocean Sciences 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah.