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Professor Thomas Herrington

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Building: Davidson Labs
Room: D-203
Phone: 201.216.5320
Fax: 201.216.8214
Email: Thomas.Herrington@stevens.edu
Resume
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
Program:  Ocean Engineering
Laboratory:  Davidson Laboratory
Education
  • Ph.D. Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1996
  • M.E. Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1992
  • B.E. Civil Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1989
Research

Current research includes Coastal Engineering research and development for the state of New Jersey; DOE funded investigation on the use of Scanning Doppler LiDAR for offshore wind resource characterization; NSF funded RAPID Grant for the collection of Hurricane Sandy storm surge water elevations and structural damage; NJDEP funded research on storm surge mitigation strategies for Hudson County and Barnegat Bay, NJ; Co-PI on NOAA IOOS MARACOOS 

General Information

Dr. Herrington is an associate professor of ocean engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering and is the Assistant Director of the Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the Director of the  Stevens - NOAA New Jersey Sea Grant Cooperative Extension in Coastal Processes and the Director of New Jersey Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service. His teaching and research interests include coastal hydrodynamics, sediment transport, wave-structure interaction, coastal meteorology, coastal hazard mitigation and the development of coastal observing systems.

Dr. Herrington serves as Vice President of the Northeast Chapter of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, and is on the Board of Directors of the Jersey Shore Partnership and the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Dr. Herrington is the chief architect of the NJ Coastal Monitoring Network and the NJ Coastal Storm Surge Warning System, one of the first completely Internet-based, real-time coastal ocean observing and warning systems in the United States and is Co-PI on the IOOS funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARCOOS). Dr. Herrington presently serves on FEMA’s Flood Hazard Map Modernization Scientific Advisory Panel and Coastal Outreach and Coastal Outreach Advisory Team. He is a former Chair of the Harbor Education Subcommittee of the USCG NY Harbor Operations Committee and a past member of the New Jersey State Hazard Mitigation Planning Team, Flood Load Task Committee of ASCE, the NJ National Weather Service StormReady Advisory Board, and the NJ HydroMet Warning Council.

Dr. Herrington is author or coauthored on over 75 journal, outreach and technical publications in the field of coastal and ocean engineering, including the NJ Sea Grant Manual for Coastal Hazard Mitigation. He is a contributing author of the NJ State Hazard Mitigation Plan. Dr. Herrington holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering and a MS and Ph. D. in Ocean Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

 

Experience

PRESENT APPOINTMENTS: 

Associate Research Professor, Department of Civil Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 2012-

Affiliated Faculty, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 2012-

Program Director, Ocean Engineering, Department of Civil Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 2007-

Assistant Director, Center for Maritime Systems, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 2006-

Director, NJ Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2002-

Director, Stevens - New JerseySea Cooperative Extension NOAA Sea Grant College Program, 2000-

 

PRIOR APPOINTMENTS & EXPERIENCE:

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 2005-2012

Graduate Professor, Department of Civil Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 2002 -2005

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 1996 -2002

Assistant Director, NJ Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 1996-2000

Research Engineer, Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 1993 -1996

Coastal Engineer, T&M Associates, Middletown, NJ, 1992-1993

Institutional Service

Facilities Master Planning Committee (2012-2013), CEOE Faculty Search Committee (2012-2013), Strategic Plan Internal Bridges Committee (2012), President Inaugural Committee (2011) BOT Enrollment and Development Committee (2010-2012), Research Day Task Force Committee (2008); Technogenesis Summer Scholar Coordinator for SSOE; Library Committee (Chair); BOT Alumni Affairs Committee (faculty representative)

Honors & Awards

Affiliated Faculty Member, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, 2012

2006/2007 Denny Medal recipient with M.S. Bruno and A.F. Blumberg for best journal article to appear in the Journal of Marine Science and Environment published by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

Research Recognition Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, February, 2004.

Certificate of Achievement, Residential Coastal Construction, FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD. February, 2000.

Certificate of Achievement, Multihazard Building Design Summer Institute: Flood, FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD. July 30, 1999.

John P. Breslin Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishments in Ocean Engineering, Stevens institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, May, 1996.

 

Appointments

Program Director, Ocean Engineering

Director, NJ Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service

Director, Stevens-NJ Sea Grant Cooperative Extension

Assistant Director, Center for Maritime Systems

Affiliated Faculty, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

Professional Societies
American Academy of Underwater Scientist

American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society

American Shore & Beach Preservation Association

Member, Coast, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of ASCE

Member, Sigma Xi

Member, Marine Technology Society
Grants, Contracts & Funds

Storm Surge Reduction Alternatives for Barnegat Bay, PI; Agency: NJDEP; $98,262; July 2013- Dec. 2013.

RAPID Collection of Water Level, Scour, and Structural Damage Data Due to Extreme Storm Surgefor the Future Improvement of Structural Systems and Their Resistance to Natural Hazards, PI; Agency: NSF; $25,000; Jan. 2013-Dec. 2013.

Field Evaluation and Validation of Remote Wind Sensing Technologies: Shore-based and Buoy Mounted LIDAR Systems, PI; Agency: US Department of Energy; $877,500; July 2012-June 2015.

Partnership to improve student achievement in physics: Integrating STEM APO (PISA 2)

CO-PI; Agency: NSF; $11.5 million; June 2010 to May 2015; Competitive

New Jersey Inlet Erosion Hotspot Assessment and Mitigation PI; Agency: US Army Corps of Engineers; $40,000; June 2010 Feb. 2011; Competitive

Phased Development and Operation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observation System: Year 4 CO-PI; Agency: NOAA; $1.7 million total/$114,000 direct; Oct. 2010 to Sept. 2011; Competitive

NJ Department of Transportation Office of Maritime Resources – New York-New Jersey Harbor NAvigation and Vessel SAFEty Support System (NAVSAFE),  August 2009, $700,000 over 2-years. Co-PI with A. Blumberg.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory – the CARD Sensor Web Control System, January 2007. $72,500 over 1-year. Principal Investigator

Patents & Inventions
Mechanical Rotating Brush Device for Removing Biofouling form Juvenile Clam Screens. US Patent No. 6,279,187 B1, August, 2001 (with J. Nazalewicz and G. Flimlin).
Selected Publications
Books
  1. Herrington, T.O.. (Mar 2003). Manual for Coastal Hazard Mitigation, NJSG-03-0511, New Jersey Sea Grant College Program.
  2. Ewing, L., T.O. Herrington, and O. Magoon. (2003). Urban Beaches: Balancing Public Rights and Private Development, Lesley Ewing, Thomas Herrington and Orville Magoon, ASCE. Proceedings of the NSBPA 4th Annual Conference, October 24-26, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. 91.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Herrington, T.O., A. Mahon, R. Hires, and J.K. Miller. (2008). "A comparison of methods used to calculate extreme water levels", Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2008, Oahu, Hi, April 13-16, 2008 . ASCE. Accepted.
  2. Friebel, H.C., T.O. Herrington and A.Y. Benilov. (2006). "Measurement of surf zone air-sea momentum exchange", 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2-8, 2006.. ASCE.
  3. Herrington, T.O, A. F. Blumberg, and M.S. Bruno. (2007). "The urban ocean observatory Urban ocean observations and forecasting in the New York Harbor", Joint Session of the American Meteorology Society: 7th Symposium on the Urban Environment; 7th Conference on Coastal Atmospheric & Oceanic Prediction and Processes, September 10-13, San Diego, Ca. . Invited Planary Talk.
  4. Herrington, T.O., J.K. Miller and R.G. Dean. (2006). "Characteristic shoreline change patterns identified using EOF analysis", 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2-8, 2006. . ASCE.
  5. Herrington, T.O., R.I. Hires, R.J. Miskewitz, J. Turner, M.S. Bruno and G.A. Boehm. (2006). "Attenuation and flushing characteristics of low porosity wake screens", The Eighth International Conference on Protection and Restoration of the Environment, Chania, Greece July 3-7, 2006. 220-227.
  6. Bruno, M.S., A.F. Blumberg and T.O. Herrington. (2006). "The urban ocean observatory coastal ocean observations and forecasting in the New York Bight", World Maritime Technology Conference, March 6-10, 2006, London, UK.. IMarEST.
  7. Blumberg, A., S. Fan, T.O. Herrington, M. Bruno, A.M. Cope, Q. Ahsan, and H. Li. (2005). "A coastal wave forecasting system for New Jersey and Long Island waters", Sixth Conference on Coastal Atmospheric and Oceanic Prediction and Processes, 85th AMS Annual Meeting, 9-13 January 2005, San Diego, CA.. AMS.
  8. Styles, R., R. Chant, S. Glenn, K. Rankin, A. Pence, P. Burke, T.O. Herrington, M. Bruno and C. Haldeman.. (2001). "Particle Concentrations and Size Distributions; Implications for Contaminant Transport in New York/New Jersey Harbor New York Bight.", Proceedings, SETAC Conference, Baltimore, MA.
  9. Rankin, K., R. Chant, S. Glenn, M. Bruno, R. Styles, B. Fullerton, T.O. Herrington and R. Hires.. (2001). "Integrated Collection of Hydrodynamics and Sediment/Water Quality Data in NY/NJ Harbor.", Proceedings, SETAC Conference, Baltimore, MA.
  10. Bruno, M.S., O.G. Nwogu, K.L. Rankin and T.O. Herrington.. (Jul 16-21, 2000). "A Real-time Nearshore Wave Measurement and Forecast System: Preliminary Results", Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Sydney, Australia.
  11. Bruno, M.S., K.L. Rankin and T.O. Herrington.. (1999). "Coastal Wave Measurement and Forecast System: Preliminary Results and Model Selection", Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, ASCE, Reston, Va.. 899-914.
  12. Herrington, T.O., K. L. Rankin and M.S. Bruno.. (1999). "Design and Implementation of a Real Time Coastal Monitoring Network ", Proceedings of the 12th Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, Fl. Shore & Beach Preservation Assoc., Tallahassee, Fl. . 95-111.
  13. Herrington, T.O., M.S. Bruno, K.L. Rankin and M. Yavary.. (1998). "Nearshore Coastal Processes Adjacent to a Tidal Inlet", Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, Reston, Va.. . 3331-3344.
Journals
  1. Friebel, H.C., T.O. Herrington and A.Y. Benilov. "Evaluation of the accuracy of a Campbell CSAT3 sonic anemometer for use in long-term coastal ocean observations", J. Atmos. and Oceanic Tech., in revision.
  2. Rankin, K.L., T.O. Herrington, M.S. Bruno, P.B. Burke and A.M. Pence. (2004). "Cross-shore Distribution of Alongshore Currents and Sediment Fluxes in the Vicinity of Notched Groins", J. Coastal Res., (SI 33), 255-268.
  3. Georgas N., A. F. Blumberg, and T. O. Herrington. (2007). "An Operational Coastal Wave Forecasting Model for New Jersey and Long Island Waters", Shore & Beach, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. 2 (75).
  4. Bruno, M.S., A.F. Blumberg, and T.O. Herrington. (2006). "The urban ocean observatory coastal ocean observations and forecasting in the New York Bight,", J. Marine Sci. and Envirn., IMarEST. (C4), 31-39.
  5. Bruno, M.S., M. Yavary and T.O. Herrington. (1988). "The Influence of a Stabilized Inlet on Adjacent Shorelines: Manasquan, New Jersey", Shore & Beach, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. 2 (66), 19-25.
  6. Herrington, T.O. and M.S. Bruno.. (Oct 2001). "Hydrodynamic Forcing Adjacent to a Tidal Inlet", Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, .
  7. Herrington, T.O., M.S. Bruno and K.L. Rankin.. (2000). "The New Jersey Coastal Monitoring Network: A Real-Time Coastal Observation System.", J. Marine Env. Engg. . 6 69-82.
  8. Rankin, K.L., M.S. Bruno, T.O. Herrington, and P.B. Burke.. "Observations of Nearshore Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport in the Vicinity of a Notched Groin.", J. Coastal Res.
Report
  1. Herrington, T.O. and J.K. Miller. (Jan 2007). "The Establishment, Growth and Evolution of Coastal Dunes in New Jersey and its relation to the Present Storm Protection Level Provided by the Dune Field in Ocean City, NJ", Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service, Davidson Laboratory Technical Report SIT-04-09-2851, January, 2007.
  2. Herrington, T.O., R.I. Hires, R.J. Miskewitz. (Nov 2005). "Impacts of the Proposed Extension of the Wreck Pond Outfall on Nearshore Water Quality and Littoral Drift of Sand", Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service, Davidson Laboratory Technical Report SIT-04-09-2848, November 2005.
  3. Herrington, T.O., R. Datla and R. Royce. (Sep 2005). "Alternative Shoreline Stabilization Structures: Physical Model Tests", Davidson Laboratory Technical Report SIT-04-9-2842.
  4. Herrington, T.O., R. Prime and E. Zagrai. (Aug 2005). "Wave Climate Analysis of New Jersey Coastal Waters", Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service, Stevens Institute of Technology, Davidson Laboratory Technical Report SIT-04-9-2841, August, 2005.
  5. Herrington, T.O. and M. F. DeLorme. (Jun 2004). "Evaluation of Wave Attenuation Characteristics of Three Vertical Slat Breakwaters", New Jersey Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service, Stevens Institute of Technology, Davidson Laboratory Technical Report SIT-04-9-2820, June, 2004.
  6. Herrington, T.O., K.L. Rankin, M.S. Bruno.. (Jul 1-5, 2002). "Frequency of sediment suspension events in Newark Bay.", Protection and Restoration of the Environment VI, , Skiathos Island, Greece .
  7. Bruno, M.S., M. Yavary and T.O. Herrington.. (1998). "The Influence of a Stabilized Inlet on Adjacent Shorelines: Manasquan, New Jersey.", Shore and Beach. 66 (2), 19-25.
  8. Herrington, T. O.. (Feb 1994). "An Analysis of the Sedimentation Problem at Monmouth Cove Marina, Monmouth County, New Jersey", Stevens Institute of Technology, Davidson Laboratory Technical Report SIT-DL-94-9-2683.
  9. Rankin, K.L., T.O. Herrington, M.S. Bruno, and A.M. Pence.. "Analysis of Notched Groins and Sediment Transport.", J. Coastal Res. .
Courses
  • CE 342 Fluid Mechanics
  • OE 589 Coastal Engineering
  • CE 576 Multi-Hazard Engineering
  • OE 535 Ocean Measurements and Analysis