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Deniz Velioglu Sogut

Assistant Professor | College of Engineering and Science - Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences

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Personal Overview

Dr. Velioglu Sogut specializes in extreme wave events, nearshore coastal processes, and coastal resilience, with a strong background in both experimental and computational research. She is adept at conducting experiments in research-grade wave/current flumes and has extensive knowledge in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and morphodynamic modeling, where she utilizes High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters. Her latest work investigates the impact of storms on barrier islands, with a focus on overwash, flooding, and island breaching. Her team is currently conducting another study exploring various scenarios to enhance the effectiveness of artificial reefs (reef balls) in ecological restoration projects.

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

Nezhad, S. K., Barooni, M., Velioglu Sogut, D., & Weaver, R. J. (2023). Ensemble Neural Networks for the Development of Storm Surge Flood Modeling: A Comprehensive Review. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering11(11), 2154. (Selected as Editor's Choice)

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


Editor’s Choice Article Award

Journal of Marine Science and Engineering


Dissertation Recognition

Flow Sciences Inc.


General Student Travel Grant American Geophysical Union 

2009 to 2011

Hydropower Engineering Masters Research Scholarship Middle East Technical University Development Foundation


Associate Editor, Coastal Engineering Journal

Guest Editor, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Advisor, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Student and New Professionals University Chapter

Ad-hoc Reviewer, National Science Foundation (NSF)


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