Dr. Matthew Bilskie

Matthew V. Bilskie

Assistant Professor

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Matthew Bilskie is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Matt holds a BS and MS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University. Matt’s research interests include hurricane storm surge modeling for present and future conditions, real-time flood inundation forecasting, developing new methods to assess compound floods, communication with decision-makers, and natural- and nature-based feature implementation and assessment.  Matt can be found with his wife and 2-year old son during his free time, grilling and smoking various meats, golfing, swimming, and hiking.

Félix L. Santiago-Collazo

Research Scientist

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Félix Santiago-Collazo is a Research Scientist with COAST and the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure
Systems at the University of Georgia. Felix holds an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State
University. Felix has a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license from the Puerto Rico Board and is a
Graduate Research fellow from the National Science Foundation. Felix’s research interests
include compound flood modeling, wetting and drying algorithms, coastal watershed
management, and flood routing. Felix enjoys spending time with his wife and two children,
watching sports, biking, and walking his dog in his free time.

Sheppard Medlin

Sheppard Medlin

MS Student

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Growing up in coastal North Carolina, Sheppard naturally spent a lot of time around the water.  This led to a deep appreciation of the ocean and all the coastal communities along its shores.  Moving inland, Sheppard attended NC State University for his undergraduate program, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Physics.  While there, he developed computational tools to visualize storm surge modeling results as a part of the Coastal and Computational Hydraulics Team.  Now, Sheppard is continuing his education at UGA by working towards a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.  He is currently studying the scales at which barrier islands become effective tools for protecting the mainland against coastal flooding.  Sheppard enjoys all manner of outdoor activities when he isn’t studying, including running, camping, surfing, and hiking.

Rebecca (Becca) Stanley

MS Student (Co-Advised with Dr. Brock Woodson and the COBIA Lab).

Becca Stanley is a Graduate Research Assistant, studying natural infrastructure in coastal regions and how it is related to biodiversity, and working towards a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 2021, Becca graduated from UGA with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. Becca’s primary interests are natural infrastructure, hydrology, environmental remediation, and environmental policy. Becca is either tending to her 50+ houseplants, embroidering, playing with her cats, or hiking when not working or studying.

Robert (Bobby) Fiegelist

MS Student

Bobby is from Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from The University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. His interest in water and its engineering challenges led him to pursue his Master’s degree and become involved in coastal research. Bobby enjoys spending time at the ocean and Great Lakes and looks forward to learning how these regions change and affect us. In his free time, Bobby loves to run, explore the outdoors, and root on his favorite sports teams.

Caraline Miller

MS Student

Caraline graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology. At Tulane, she studied marsh resilience to sea level rise with a focus on the Gulf Coast. This led to an interest in environmental engineering and its connections to ecology, climate change, and environmental justice. Currently, she is studying the effects of various barrier island restoration scenarios on storm surge in the Gulf of Mexico. Caraline grew up near Annapolis, Maryland and in her free time enjoys a good memoir, hiking, baking, and eating what she bakes. 

Ada Chimzulukeme Agbogu

MS Student (Co-Advised with Dr. Brock Woodson and the COBIA Lab).

Oscar Villegas Gutierrez

MS Student (Co-Advised with Dr. Mark Risse)

Oscar Villegas is a graduate research assistant with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Francisco Jose de Caldas District University in Colombia. Oscar’s background in environmental consulting assessments sparked his interest in coastal engineering and hydrology analysis. His areas of interest are sediment transport analysis, nature-based solutions, and sustainable dredged sediments for natural infrastructure.
Oscar enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and he is an amateur mountain biker and open water swimmer.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Sarah Moore, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2022

Kendall Lippe, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2022

Hannah Lim, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2022

COAST Alumni

(current affiliation)

Viyaktha Hithaishi Hewageegana, Post-Doc, 2021 (Post-Doc, University of Florida)

Roshen Jegajeevan, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spring 2021

Gretchen Hinger, Clarke Central High School, High School Researcher – Young Dawgs, Fall 2021