M. Reza Hashemi

  • Associate Professor
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Phone: 401.874.6217
  • Email: reza_hashemi@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Sheets 212, Narragansett Bay Campus
M. Reza Hashemi’s Full Research Profile


  • Ph.D. Oceanography. Bangor University of Wales, 2014
  • Ph.D. Civil/Hydraulic Engineering. Shiraz University, 2006
  • M.S. Civil Engineering. Shiraz University, 1999
  • B.S. Civil Engineering. Shiraz University, 1997

Research Themes

Research Interests

  • Ocean Renewable Energy
  • Coastal Resilience
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology
  • Numerical Applied Mathematical Modeling

Major Sources of Funding

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • RI Coastal Resources Management Council Sea Grant
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Shallow water in a sandy landscape M. Reza Hashemi’s Research Profile - Associate Professor Ocean Engineering 401.874.6217 reza_hashemi@uri.edu Office Location: Sheets 212, Narragansett Bay Campus Lab: Wave Current Interaction Laboratory, Ocean Technology Center   Recent Grants1 Grant 9/27/2921. Co-PI. Department of Energy. “Design, optimization, and control of floating offshore wind farms for optimal energy production.” 10/30/2018. Co-PI. Restore America’s Estuaries. “An Integrated Observational and Modeling Approach to […]


I use a combination of numerical models and  observational techniques (i.e. ship-based or satellite-based data) to study ocean physics.  I am interested in mathematical and numerical modeling of waves, and free surface flow from watersheds to coasts. I also work on sediment transport under the action of waves and currents. Another branch of my research  concerns with  numerical modeling of flow in the vicinity of  structures. I apply new and powerful numerical techniques such as Differential Quadrature Method, Radial Basis Function Based Meshless methods (Multiquadric and RBF-DQ) and Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) to model the flow field.  I also use open source structured/unstructured ocean/wave models such as ROMS, TELEMAC, SWAN and ADCIRC  in my research.

I am also the director of the Wave-Current Interaction Laboratory, located in the Ocean Technology Center at the Bay Campus. In this lab, tidal and wave energy devices can be tested in the energy flume. Further, we study the interactions of waves, currents, sediments, and structures in this relatively high-precision flume using a PIV system and other instruments.