John R. Kiely Endowed Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Mike Motley received his PhD from Princeton University in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on structural engineering and mechanics, during which time he spent two years, in addition to his post-doctoral work, in the Department of Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan. During this time, Professor Motley developed a unique research expertise in both the mechanics and dynamics of fluids and the structural mechanics and response of large-scale marine structures. Presently, his research focuses load prediction during large wave events (e.g., tsunamis), response of coastal structures to multi-hazard phenomena associated with subduction zone events, passive control techniques and structural response of horizontal axis marine hydrodynamic turbine systems, and exploitation of bend-twist coupling mechanisms for improving the performance of composite marine structures.
- Ph.D., Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011
- M.S., Virginia Tech, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004
- B.S., The Citadel, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2003
Probabilistic Tsunami Response of Coastal Structures (NSF)
Passive Control and Structural Response of Marine Hydrokinetic Turbines (NAVFAC)
Faculty spotlight: Michael Motley
Learn more about Associate Professor Mike Motley's adventures while taking his work outdoors! He also shares what he enjoys most about his job and why CEE is unique.
A new wave of research
With an elevated risk of a tsunami event in the Pacific Northwest, CEE researchers work to understand the chaotic nature of tsunami debris.
Predicting tsunami debris flow
CEE researchers work to predict the chaotic nature of tsunami debris flow.