Alex Horner-Devine grew up canoeing on the rivers and lakes of Ontario, Canada before starting his career in fluid mechanics as a whitewater kayaking instructor on the Ottawa River. He then studied fluid mechanics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Seeking to return closer to his roots, he entered graduate studies in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at Stanford University, where he completed his MS and PhD degrees. Alex joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at the University of Washington in Fall 2004. He was a visiting scholar at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands from 2012 to 2013.
- Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2003
- M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 1998
- B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 1995
- Visiting scholar, Delft University of Technology, 2012-2013
- Assistant professor, UW CEE, 2004-2011
Horner-Devine's research group studies fluid mechanics at and near the river-ocean interface. They use field observations, laboratory experiments and numerical models to better understand the mixing and transport processes that determine the fate of sediment, nutrients and contaminants in rivers, estuaries and the coastal ocean.
Sediment transport in the Rhine River plume, the Netherlands (STW)
Dynamics of wave-supported gravity currents (NSF)
Intensification and impact of wave-breaking in river plumes (NSF)
River discharge and estuary dynamics inferred from sea surface height Measurements (NASA)
Sediment re-suspension and transport in the Duwamish River estuary
Honors & awards
- CEE Outstanding Teacher 2011, 2015
- Allan and Inger Osberg Professorship
Research with a splash of color
The phrase “a splash of color” took on a very literal meaning for a team of CEE researchers. Using environmentally safe pink dye, they are investigating the movement of water where a river flows into the ocean.
Five faculty receive 2022 FACET teaching awards
Students have had their say. They’ve nominated five CEE faculty members to receive 2022 Faculty Appreciation for Career Education & Training (FACET) Awards.
Harris Hydraulics Lab remodel
Things are flowing much better in the Civil & Environmental Engineering fluids lab, located in the 100-year-old Harris Hydraulics Laboratory, following a substantial renovation project. The project enhances the student experience through more hands-on workstations and flexible teaching space.