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Morteza Derakhti

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APL Assistant Professor (WOT)
Civil & Environmental Engineering


Morteza Derakhti is a leading researcher at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since joining UW in 2018, he has leveraged his extensive expertise in Coastal Engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), gained during his postdoctoral and doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Delaware, as well as through prior professional consulting work. Morteza’s research tackles a range of topics, from ocean waves and their interaction with structures to the study of nearshore hydrodynamics, extreme events, and changing climate. His work includes the development and application of various CFD and wave-phase-resolving numerical models integrated with field and laboratory observations. Dr. Derakhti is dedicated to creating an engaging and inspiring learning environment and connecting cutting-edge research with practical engineering, preparing the next generation of engineers and scientists. 


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, 2016
  • M.S. Civil Marine Structures, University of Tehran, 2009
  • B.Sc. Civil engineering, University of Tehran, 2006