Malcolm L. Spaulding, Professor of Ocean Engineering, received his B.S. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from URI in 1969 and an M.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970. He returned to URI and completed a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in 1972. He joined the Ocean Engineering Department faculty in 1973, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1978 and to Professor in 1983. He served as department chair from 1992 to 2002. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship in 1977 to study at the Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute in the former Soviet Union. He was selected for a Royal Norwegian Council of Scholars Fellowship and spent the 1982-83 academic year on the staff of the Continental Shelf Institute in Trondheim, Norway. During the fall semester 1989 Dr. Spaulding was a visiting senior scientist at the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Bidston Observatory, United Kingdom. In the fall of 1996 he was a visiting senior scientist at the Centre de Documentation de Recherche et d'Experimentations sur les Pollutions Accidentelles des Eaux (CEDRE) in Plouzane, France. He has given invited lectures at research institutes and in training programs throughout the world, most recently in Morocco, Taiwan, Spain, France, Thailand, China, and Australia
In the last decade, Dr. Spaulding has served on numerous National Research Council (NRC) committees and panels, including those to review oil pollution research and development, to evaluate marine environmental studies programs, to assess ocean technology transfer, and to evaluate cleanup and response to spills of heavy oils. Dr. Spaulding was a member of NRC's Marine Board and liaison to the Ocean Studies Board from 1996 to 2001. He chaired the committee on the Marine Transportation of Heavy Oils in 1999. In 2001 he received a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service as a member of the NRC, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Marine Board, 1996-2001. He recently (2002) served on the NRC, Marine Board committee on Naval Engineering: Alternative Approaches for Organizing Cooperative Research.
He has chaired eight international specialty conferences, seven on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling (ECM) (held in alternate years starting in 1989) and one on oil spill legislative and management implications. The ECM series is one of the largest specialty conferences in the world devoted to marine environmental modeling. In 1991, Dr. Spaulding was selected to present the U.S. Coast Guard 49th Newcomen Lecture in recognition of his contributions to business, industrial and institutional history and achievements. He and several of his former students received the 1992 Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award for RI and the New England Region. The award was based on the success of Applied Science Associates (ASA), Inc (a company they founded), the innovativeness of its products and services, its contribution to the community, and its decade of sustained growth. In 1993, Dr. Spaulding was awarded the Rhode Island Governor's Science and Technology Special Citation Award for his commitment to academic excellence and business development. He was awarded the University of Rhode Island Edmund and Dorothy Marshall Faculty Excellence Award in 1997 for his leadership of the Ocean Engineering Department and his commitment to excellence in engineering education. The College of Engineering Diversity Committee, for which he served as chair, was awarded the 2001 Royal Wales Committee Excellence Award for its work to improve diversity in the college. In 2002 the student chapters of the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers presented the College of Engineering Diversity Committee an award for its support of student diversity initiatives.
Dr. Spaulding is an internationally recognized expert in marine environmental modeling, with a primary focus in the areas of hydrodynamics, pollutant transport and fate, oil spill transport and fate, and the development of integrated modeling and monitoring systems. He has led the development of several widely used oil spill transport and fate and hydrodynamic and water quality models. He has published extensively in the field of marine environmental modeling.
Dr. Spaulding's recent research activities have been supported by National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP), National Park Service, URI Transportation Research Center, and selected private organizations and firms.
In the past decade, Dr. Spaulding has worked on developing three-dimensional circulation and water-quality models for estuarine and coastal waters, studied the entrainment of oil into marine intake systems, developed state-of-the-art oil spill models for spill response and contingency planning and hindcasted several major oil spills to include the Exxon Valdez, World Prodigy, Mina Al Ahmadi, Tampa Bay, and Braer spills and studied the impact of restoration options on the circulation and water quality of coastal ponds. He also has directed the development of an integrated, shell based approach to marine environmental modeling and monitoring systems; including the integration of a geographic information system, environmental data analysis and management tools, and environmental models. Many of these model systems are used throughout the world.
Subbayya Sankaranarayanan completed his PhD in 2001. His thesis was on the Effect of grid non-orthogonality on the solution of shallow water equations using boundary fitted grids. Dr. Sankaranarayanan works for Applied Science Associates, Inc, Narragansett, RI as a senior scientist specializing in hydrodynamic and water quality modeling.
Li Erikson completed her MS degree in 1998. Her thesis topic was on Flushing time of Greenwich Bay: Estimates based on freshwater inputs. Li is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Water Resources Engineering, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden.
Somboon Pornpinatepong completed his Ph.D. in 1997. His thesis focused on the Application of a boundary fitted coordinate hydrodynamic model to predict salinity intrusion in Pak Phanang Estuary. Dr. Pornpinatepong is currently on the faculty in Engineering at Prince of Songkla University, Songkla, Thailand. Muslim Muin completed his Ph.D. in 1993 with a thesis entitled A Three Dimensional Boundary Fitted Circulation Model In Spherical Coordinates. Dr. Muin is currently a research faculty member at Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.
NRC, Marine Board, 2002. Naval Engineering: Alternative Approaches for Organizing Options for Cooperative Research , Marine Board, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, M. L. Spaulding, committee member. May 2002.
Spaulding, M. L., 2002. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Conference Office, St. Pete, FL, November 5-7, 2001, (refereed conference proceedings, in press), approximately 1200p.
Opishinski, T. and M. Spaulding, 2002, An integrated system for real time observation, modeling, and data distribution for shelf, coastal sea, and estuarine waters, Proceedings of the 7 th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, M. Spaulding (editor), St Pete, FL, November 5-7, 2001. (in press).
Ward, M., C. Swanson, and M. Spaulding, 2002. A nowcast/forecast system of circulation dynamics for Narragansett Bay, Proceedings of the 7 th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, M. Spaulding (editor), St Pete, FL, November 5-7, 2001. (in press).
Huang, W. and M. L. Spaulding, 2002. Reducing the horizontal diffusion errors in sigma coordinate coastal ocean models with a second order Lagrangian- interpolation finite difference scheme, Ocean Engineering, Vol. 29, p. 495-512.
Huang,W. and M. L. Spaulding, 2000. Correlation of freshwater discharge and sub-tidal salinity in Apalachicola River, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering. Vol. 126, No. 5. September/October.
Spaulding, M. L. and L. Butler (editors), 2000. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Ocean Engineering Department, New Orleans, LA, November 3-5, 1999, (refereed conference proceedings), 1300p.
Spaulding, M. L., P.R. Bishnoi, E. Anderson , and T. Isaji, 2000. An integrated model for prediction of oil transport from a deep water blowout, 23 rd Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar, June 14-16, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, p. 611-636.
Grilli, S., T. Fake, and M. L. Spaulding, 2000. SlickMap: An interactive computer model of oil containment by a boom, 23 rd Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar, June 14-16, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, p. 953-986.
Michel, J., M. L. Spaulding, K. Michel, M. MacKinnon, J. OBrien, and S. Palmer, 2000. Spills of Non-floating Oils: Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations to Improve Preparedness and Response, Proceedings of the 2000 Oil Spill Conference.
Spaulding, M. L., J. C. Swanson, and D. Mendelsohn, 2000. Application of quantitative model-data calibration measures to assess model performance, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, M. Spaulding and L. Butler (editors) New Orleans, LA, November 3-5, 1999.
NRC Marine Board, 1999. Spills of non-floating oils: risk and response, report prepared by Committee on Marine Transportation of Heavy Oils, Marine Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington, DC, M. L. Spaulding, committee chair, 75 p.
Spaulding, M. L., D. Mendelsohn, and J. C. Swanson, 1999. WQMAP: An integrated three-dimensional hydrodynamic and water quality model system for estuarine and coastal applications, Marine Technology Society Journal, invited paper, Special issue on state of the art in ocean and coastal modeling, Vol. 33, No. 3, p. 38-54.
Spaulding, M. L, 1999. Drift currents under the action of wind and waves, Proceedings of the Conference on Wind over Wave Couplings: Perspectives and Prospects, editors, S. G. Sajjadi, N. H. Thomas, and J.C. R. Hunt, University of Salford, Salford, UK, April 8-10, 1997,Clarendon Press, Oxford, UK, p. 243-256.
Spaulding, M. L. and A. F. Blumberg (editors), 1998. Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Ocean Engineering Department, Alexandria, Virginia, October 22-24,1997, (refereed conference proceedings), 870 p.
ASCE Task Committee on Modeling of Oil Spills (member), 1997. State-of-the-art review of modeling transport and fate of oil spills, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 122, No. 11, November 1996, p. 594-610.
Muin, M. and M. L. Spaulding, 1997. A three dimensional boundary fitted coordinate hydrodynamic model, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 123, No. 1, January 1997, p. 2-12.
Muin, M. and M. L. Spaulding, 1997. Application of three-dimensional boundary fitted circulation model to Providence River, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 123, No. 1, January 1997, p. 13-20.
Muin, M. and M. L. Spaulding, 1996. Two-dimensional boundary fitted circulation model in spherical coordinates, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 122, No. 9, September 1996, p. 512-520.