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Deniz Velioglu Sogut

Assistant Professor | Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences

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Personal Overview

Dr. Deniz Velioglu Sogut's research involves conducting experiments in research-grade bi-directional wave/current flumes by utilizing wave gages, Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters (ADVs), pressure sensors, bed profilers, and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Dr. Velioglu Sogut also has extensive knowledge in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), where she uses different CFD tools on High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters to study wave-induced flow characteristics. Her current research areas include but are not limited to wave-structure interactions, coastal flood risk in urbanized environments due to storm surge and extreme waves, wave-induced scour, coastal resilience and Nature-based Solutions (NbS).

After receiving her B.S. from the Department of Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey in 2009, Dr. Deniz Velioglu Sogut decided on a career path towards water and water-related hazards. She carried out her M.Sc. study in the Hydraulics Laboratory in the Department of Civil Engineering at METU and graduated in 2012. She was awarded a scholarship in the scope of Hydropower Engineering Program during her M.Sc. where she investigated ways to optimize the length of stilling basins of concrete dams for cost-efficient and sustainable designs. During her Ph.D. at the Ocean Engineering Research Center (OERC) at METU, Dr. Velioglu Sogut focused on the improvement and performance evaluation of a tsunami prediction model, which is now widely recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and used to construct tsunami inundation maps throughout the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas. After earning her Ph.D. in 2017, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Coastal and Hydraulic Engineering Research Laboratory (CHERL) in the Civil Engineering Department at State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Her postdoctoral research confronted several serious environmental issues the world is facing today, including wave-induced flooding and scour in urbanized environments due to storms/hurricanes.

Dr. Velioglu Sogut is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences (OEMS) at Florida Tech, and she leads her own team. Her research provides valuable information for prospective homeowners, builders, urban planners, and policy makers by enabling them to ensure the structural integrity of buildings in coastal regions.

Educational Background

2017 Ph.D. - Ocean Engineering Research Center, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Dissertation: Advanced Two- and Three-Dimensional Tsunami Models: Benchmarking and Validation.

2012 M.Sc. - Hydromechanics Laboratory, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Thesis: Effects of Different Bed Roughness on the Characteristics of Hydraulic Jumps.

2009 B.S. - Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

Professional Experience

2021-current: Assistant Professor, Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences, Florida Tech, Florida, USA

2019-2021: Postdoctoral Associate, Civil Engineering, SUNY/Stony Brook University, New York, USA

2017–2019: Visiting Scholar, Civil Engineering, SUNY/Stony Brook University, New York, USA

2012–2017: Graduate Research Assistant, Water Resources Laboratory, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

2009–2012: Graduate Research Assistant, Hydromechanics Laboratory, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Current Courses

OCE 4525 Coastal Engineering Structures

OCE 4522 Coastal Engineering Processes and Shoreline Design

OCE 5525 Coastal Processes and Engineering

OCE 5903 Theory of Ocean Surface Waves

OCE 5570 Marine Hydrodynamics and Wave Theory

OCE 4563 Port and Harbor Design

OCE 5563 Port and Harbor Engineering


Selected Publications

Barooni, M., Ashuri, T., Velioglu Sogut, D., Wood, S., & Ghaderpour Taleghani, S. (2023). Floating Offshore Wind Turbines: Current Status and Future Prospect. Energies, 16(1), 2.

Sogut, E., Velioglu Sogut, D., & Farhadzadeh, A. (2022). Experimental study of bed evolution around a non-slender square structure under combined solitary wave and steady current actions. Ocean Engineering266, 112792.

Barooni, M., Nezhad, S. K., Ali, N. A., Ashuri, T., & Velioglu Sogut, D. (2022). Numerical study of ice-induced loads and dynamic response analysis for floating offshore wind turbines. Marine Structures86, 103300.

Sogut, E., Velioglu Sogut, D. & Farhadzadeh, A. (2021). A comparative study of interaction of random waves with a cluster of structures on a berm with RANS and LES models. Coastal Engineering, 103941.

Velioglu Sogut, D., Sogut, E. & Farhadzadeh, A. (2021). Interaction of a solitary wave with an array of macro-roughness elements in the presence of steady currents. Coastal Engineering, 164, 103829.

Sogut, E., Velioglu Sogut, D. & Farhadzadeh, A. (2020). Overland Wave Propagation and Load Distribution among Arrays of Elevated Beachfront Structures. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 146(4), 04020016.

Sogut, E., Velioglu Sogut, D. & Farhadzadeh, A. (2019). Effects of building arrangement on flow and pressure fields generated by a solitary wave interacting with developed coasts. Advances in Water Resources, 134, 103450.

Velioglu Sogut, D., Jensen, R. E. & Farhadzadeh, A. (2019). Characterizing Lake Ontario Marine Renewable Energy Resources. Marine Technology Society Journal, 53(2), 21-37.

Arabi, M. G., Velioglu Sogut, D., Khosronejad, A., Yalciner, A. C. & Farhadzadeh, A. (2019). A numerical and experimental study of local hydrodynamics due to interactions between a solitary wave and an impervious structure. Coastal Engineering, 147, 43-62.

Velioglu Sogut, D. & Yalciner, A. C. (2019). Performance Comparison of NAMI DANCE and FLOW-3D® Models in Tsunami Propagation, Inundation and Currents using NTHMP Benchmark Problems. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 176(7), 3115-3153.

Velioglu Sogut, D., Farhadzadeh, A. & Jensen, R. E. (2018). Characterizing the Great Lakes marine renewable energy resources: Lake Michigan surge and wave characteristics. Energy, 150, 781-796. 781-796.

Lynett, P. J., Gately, K., ..., Velioglu, D., Yalciner, A. C., Yamazaki, Y., Zaytsev, A. & Zhang, Y. J. (2017). Inter-model analysis of tsunami-induced coastal currents. Ocean Modelling, 114, 14-32.

Kian, R., Velioglu, D., Yalciner, A. C. & Zaytsev, A. (2016). Effects of harbor shape on the induced sedimentation; L-type basin. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 4(3), 55.

Velioglu, D., Kian, R., Yalciner, A. C. & Zaytsev, A. (2016). Performance assessment of NAMI DANCE in tsunami evolution and currents using a benchmark problem. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 4(3), 49.

Recognition & Awards


FLOW-3D Free Academic License to Faculty Members

Flow Sciences Inc., Flow Science Academic Program


General Student Travel Grant American Geophysical Union (AGU)

2009 to 2011

Hydropower Engineering Masters Research Scholarship Middle East Technical University Development Foundation


Dr. Velioglu Sogut's research interests are diverse and they span from dynamics of tsunamis to wave energy. Of the various subjects, she is interested in broad interdisciplinary areas including the coastal risk mitigation, and nature-based solutions. She has invaluable research experience on the safest positioning and elevation of the buildings located in the coastal areas and how to reduce the damage caused by the storm impact. She intends to continue her research on the coastal disaster patterns and developing environmentally friendly solutions for the mitigation strategies.

Past and current projects include:

  • Solitary wave induced non-equilibrium scour around non-slender, vertical, emerging structures of square cross-section on a sandy berm: identification of scouring and sediment deposits induced by transient flow via laboratory experiments and high-fidelity numerical modeling
  • Safest positioning and elevation of idealized beachfront structures under combined solitary wave and current effect during a possible storm: experimental and numerical approaches to provide an agenda for prospective homeowners, builders, urban planners, and policy makers
  • A critical first step in the development of efficient methods to harness the energy sources in the Great Lakes: a method similar to those used in tidal lagoons to harness surge, seiche and wave energy in the Great Lakes that could potentially provide significant amount of electricity
  • Shortcomings of 2D depth-averaged nonlinear shallow water (NSW) models and performance evaluation of 3D Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (3D-RANS) models in regards to tsunami motion and flooding parameters through comparisons of model predictions against analytical, experimental and field benchmark data  


Fluid Mechanics


Computational Fluid Dynamics

Storm Surge

Wave Hydrodynamics

Wave Energy

Wave-Structure Interaction

Coastal Hazard Assessment

Wave-Current Interaction

Open Channel Hydraulics

Coastal Hydrodynamics

Water Resources

Coastal Morphodynamics

Data Analysis and Processing

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