Studying coastal disasters and coastal engineering
Professor Shi Huabin joined UM in 2020 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of the FST. He is also one of the research members of State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City (SKL-IoTSC) and the Centre for Regional Oceans. Professor Shi was served as a visiting scholar and researcher in American and British universities in the past few years. His research involves coastal disasters, coastal engineering, sediment transport, and the evolution of beaches and coastlines under the influence of storm surges. Today, Macao has paid more and more attention to marine management and development, there is an urgent need for scientific research in marine management, utilization and protection. Prof Shi’s research has fitted into the current situation in Macao which can offer more information for future research.
A representative research
Prof Shi had participated into a research of wave power generation when he was an undergraduate at Tsinghua University, which encouraged him to continue his research career. With his hard work and grade level, Prof Shi continued his Ph.D. degree at Tsinghua University and has since focused on studying sediment transport and coastal disasters. In 2017, his single-author monograph “Two-phase Flow Models for Sediment Transport” was published by a first-rate publishing house China Water & Power Press. It laid a foundation for in-depth research on the mechanism of water and sand transport. The book is a good reference for professionals, teachers and students of colleges. Professor Shi noted that sediment transport is a classical but important scientific subject in coastal engineering and is also a key practical engineering problem in the protection and utilization of coastal areas. At present, there are substantial challenges in the study of sediment transport. It would be a hot topic to develop a general theory of the dynamics of turbulent flows and the motion of granular materials.
Recommendations to students
For students who are aspiring to choose the path of studying coastal engineering and marine disasters, Prof Shi encourages them to ‘remain curious, motivated, and continue to explore, earnestly seek and persevere in doing everything’. ‘Students should persist if they find a suitable and interesting research topic,’ he says. In the future, Professor Shi hopes to establish more connections with institutions and universities, as well as to participate into more national projects so as to make good use of his own capabilities and contribute to the scientific development of UM.