Timu W. Gallien

Dr. Timu Gallien is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCLA. She is a former Chancellor’s Fellow and postdoctoral scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gallien’s Coastal Flood Lab (CFL) focuses on predicting coastal flood risk from sea level rise, storm events and urbanization. Specifically, her work focuses on accurately representing coastal processes and their impacts on backshore vulnerability. She combines high resolution numerical modeling and extensive field observations to investigate fundamental flooding physics, advance coastal process knowledge and quantitatively evaluate model performance. Dr. Gallien has authored over 15 scientific publications and her work has been supported by multiple agencies (i.e., California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Coastal Conservancy, Department of the Navy, FEMA, NOAA Sea Grant, US Army Corps of Engineers). Current CFL research areas are compound flooding in urbanized backshores, living shorelines and manmade dunes, beach evolution, swash-beach ground water dynamics, and characterizing model and measurement uncertainties.

Education

B.S., (1996), Purdue University

M.S., (2008), Purdue University

Ph.D., (2012), University of California, Irvine

Featured Awards and Honors

2021
  • ASCE UCLA Professor of the Year, UCLA
2020
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Award Nominee, UCLA
2014
  • Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSD
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, Flood Control Infrastructure Survey, project lead, PI Robert Guza
2013
  • Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSD
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, Anthropogenic beach berm observations, project lead, PI Robert Guza
2012
  • Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship
  • Distinguished Paper Award, FPNI PhD Symposium on Fluid Power
2011
  • Robert L. Wiegel Scholarship for Coastal Studies
  • California Department of Boating and Waterways, Graduate Research Funding
  • Newkirk Fellowship
2010
  • Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute in Computational Science and Engineering
  • Nortek Student Equipment Grant
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Supplement, contributor, PI Brett Sanders (2009 and 2010)
2008
  • Fluid Power Educational Foundation Scholarship
2007
  • Ross Fellowship, Purdue University (2006 and 2007)