Overseas Adventure: Studying Abroad as a Coastal Professional | Going Coastal

June 13, 2023

Beyond Borders: Coastal Engineering Chronicles Abroad

Join Jon in this episode of Going Coastal as he dives deep into the captivating stories of two remarkable individuals in the field of ocean engineering. Lauren Schambach, an Ocean Engineer with The Mitre Corporation, shares her thrilling journey of taking her talents from the Jersey Shore to Santander, Spain. Discover the challenges she faced, the experiences she gained, and the invaluable lessons she learned along the way.

Mohammad Jamous, an Ocean Engineering PhD candidate at Stevens Institute of Technology, shares his inspiring tale of finding his passion for coastal engineering in the scenic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Uncover the transformative moments, the personal growth, and the unique opportunities that fueled his journey from Jordan to pursuing his dreams abroad.

Through their compelling narratives, Lauren and Mohammad offer listeners invaluable insights, tips, and tricks on making the most of an overseas experience. Get ready to be inspired, informed, and enthralled as we delve into the world of ocean engineering and the life-changing adventures that await those who dare to explore beyond their shores.

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Jon Miller, Marissa Torres, Deb Fernandes

Jon Miller developed his love of all things coastal during summers spent vacationing at the Jersey Shore. He was fortunate enough to get turned on to a career in coastal engineering during his time as an undergrad at Stevens Institute of Technology. When he was offered an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Florida under Bob Dean, he jumped at the opportunity. After completing his PhD (and a brief detour in Australia), Jon was offered the opportunity to return to Stevens. Now a Research Associate Professor, Jon leads Stevens Coastal Engineering Research Group and serves as the NJ Sea Grant Coastal Processes Specialist. In his time at Stevens, Jon has mentored over 75 graduate and undergraduate students, and currently serves as the faculty advisor to both the ASBPA and ASCE COPRI student chapters. Jon serves on the Board of Directors of ASBPA, and has been involved with the Student and New Professional Group (now chapter) since its inception. In his spare time, Jon enjoys spending time at the beach with his family and coaching both of his kids in basketball. Heather B. Wade - is a coastal planner and policy specialist with the Oregon Coastal Management Program and a current Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University studying urban and regional science, coastal resiliency and management. Heather received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and master’s degree in urban and regional planning with an emphasis on environmental hazards management. Heather’s research focuses on the interconnections between planning, coastal management, and hazards reduction with an emphasis on local coastal planning implementation. In her free time, she likes to work in the garden, go camping with her family, and paint with her kids Isaac and Isabel. Marissa J. Torres is a Research Engineer with the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) - one of seven research labs within the ERDC - she has worked on a variety of research topics, including tidal dynamics, nearshore tide and wave modeling, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) post-processing methods, and snow hydrology. Prior to starting with CRREL, Marissa received her BS and MS in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, where she focused on coastal flood and storm surge modeling. Outside of work, she enjoys backpacking, biking, kayaking, snowboarding, and snow-shoeing around New Hampshire and Vermont.