Haus Named New Chair of Applied Marine Physics

Brian Haus

VIRGINIA KEY, FL — June 9, 2011 — The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science announced today that Brian K. Haus, PhD. has been elected chairman of the Division of Applied Marine Physics (AMP). Haus, who has been with the university for 18 years, is a tenured associate professor and serves also as the director of the ASIST(Air-Sea Interaction Saltwater Tank) a state-of-the-art facility for studying the coupling between wind and waves in extreme conditions. He is also the principal investigator for the soon to be constructed SUurge STructure Atmosphere Interaction (SUSTAIN) laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility will greatly expand the capability to observe the three-dimensional structure of high wind-driven waves as they impact coastal construction.

As a division, AMP focuses on a range of basic and applied ocean research activities. Most of these activities relate to upper ocean and coastal processes, small scale physics and turbulence and electromagnetic and acoustic remote sensing of the ocean. Examples of current projects underway include: disaster mitigation studies linked to hurricane landfall and ‘freak’ waves; modeling coastal ocean circulation patterns and their influence on biota; use of in situ, shore- and satellite-based electromagnetic sensors to monitor upper ocean and air-sea exchange and tidal inlet processes; and the use of acoustics for underwater and sub-bottom imaging systems.

Haus joined the University of Miami in 1992, as a post-doctoral associate. Previously, Haus was at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., working on wave modeling and radar remote sensing.

He received is Ph.D. (1992) and MSE (1989) degrees from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department. He received his B.S. from the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Department at the University of Michigan in 1987. Haus is a member of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and the IEEE Ocean Engineering Section.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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