frederic diasFrédéric Dias is Professor at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin, Ireland. Professor Dias is also a principal investigator with MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, and holds a position at Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France.

Current research interests are focused on wave breaking, tsunami inundation, and wave-current interaction.

Frédéric Dias is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy, of Academia Europaea and of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

He is a former Secretary General of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM). He has held two European Research Council Advanced Grants (MULTIWAVE from 2012 to 2016 and HIGHWAVE from 2019 to 2024) and one European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant (WAVEMEASUREMENT from 2014 to 2015).

james steer picJames Steer joins the HIGHWAVE project as a post-doctoral research assistant based in University College Dublin's Wave Group headed by Professor Frederic Dias.

After receiving his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering at The University of Liverpool, James studied at the Wind and Marine Energy Systems Doctoral Training Centre, leading to a PhD at The University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Dr. Ton van den Bremer, and Professor Alistair Borthwick. During his time in Edinburgh, James used a combination of laboratory experiments and theoretical models to investigate the evolution of unstable water waves that can lead to extreme, or 'rogue', events capable of causing catastrophic damage to ships and offshore structures. As well as in Edinburgh, James completed wave-current interaction experiments at University College London, and investigated the effect of directionality on wave stability at the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility. James will now be moving his knowledge of extreme waves in the laboratory to the west coast of Ireland.

SarahGallagherSarah Gallagher is a meteorologist in the Research, Environment and Applications Division at Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service. In her current role she has responsibility for the Marine Unit, which manages the gathering and dissemination of Irish marine observational data, carries out ocean-wave-atmosphere modelling research and provides support for Met Éireann’s operational sea area weather forecasting activities.

Sarah graduated with a B.A., B.A.I. in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. After working in the Instruments Unit of Met Éireann, installing and servicing automatic weather stations around Ireland, she completed a M.Sc. in Meteorology at the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics in 2011. In 2014, she finished her Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics at UCD, under the supervision of Professor Frédéric Dias. The title of her thesis was “The nearshore wave climate of Ireland: past, present and future”, which involved the high-resolution simulation, assessment and quantification of the wind and wave climate of Ireland and the Northeast Atlantic. Her research also included running wave climate projection ensembles for the end of the 21st century.

More recently, her research has focused on extremes and climate change, examining the link between extremes and low-frequency modes of atmospheric variability such as the North Atlantic Oscillation.

Rónadh CoxRónadh Cox holds an endowed chair at Williams College (Massachusetts, USA) as the Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, and is an Affiliate Member of University College Dublin’s Earth Institute.  A graduate of University College Dublin and Stanford University, she has also held academic appointments at Rand Afrikaans University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 
Her recent research focuses on landscape change, sediment generation, and erosion processes, with emphasis on gully formation , the geomorphology of planetary surfaces, and boulder deposits on high-energy coastlines.  She has led field expeditions in Madagascar, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Arizona, the Shetland Islands, and Ireland.
Rónadh Cox is a former science editor of the journal Geology, and currently serves on the Geological Society of America’s Annual Program Committee as well as the society’s Publications Ethics Advisory Committee.  She is a National Science Foundation Principal Investigator, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Vikram PakrashiVikram Pakrashi is Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Pakrashi is also a funded investigator with MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, and is the President of Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland.
Current research interests are focused on structural dynamics, structural health monitoring and control, infrastructure risk assessment, and fluid-structure interactions.

Vikram Pakrashi is Chartered Engineer and directs the interdisciplinary Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory in UCD, which received Engineering Laboratory of the Year at the Irish Laboratory Awards in 2017 and 2018.

He is the principal investigator of several projects with industrial funding and extensively collaborates with engineers, physicists and mathematicians.

James HerterichJames Herterich is a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UCD.

His research interests involve fluid mechanics: geophysical flows, environmental and industrial problems, and particulate-laden flows. James uses mathematical modelling and scientific computing to address a range of problems in the natural world that involve the flow of liquid and transport of matter. His most recent work is based on the interaction of storm waves with coastal structures, specifically the creation and movement of very large boulders during storms.

Recently, James held a short-term JSPS fellowship at Kyoto University within the Coastal Engineering Laboratory in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute. He was also a postdoctoral researcher in Frederic Dias's Wave Group at University College Dublin. James is a member of the UCD Earth Institute.

Tatjana KokinaTatjana Kokina is a PhD student (2019-2023), under the supervision of Professor Frederic Dias. She is part of the Wave Group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin. Originally from Riga, Latvia, she has been living in Ireland for the last thirteen years.
Tatjana graduated from University College Dublin in 2019 and holds a degree in Theoretical Physics. During her years at UCD, Tatjana was a member of Mathematics and Physics Societies, visited CERN in 2018, and in 2019 became an Associate Member of the Institute of Physics. She received her degree as a mature student, returning to college after working in the financial sector for eight years. During that period, she used mathematical and computational tools to work with shares and stocks.
Tatjana, who speaks Russian, English, Latvian and Spanish, brings to HIGHWAVE an interesting blend of private sector working experience and academic research. Her research interests involve ocean waves, fluid mechanics and aerodynamics (F1 racing).

Arnaud DisantArnaud Disant is a Senior Research Engineer with a strong maritime background in electronics and electrics including IoT, sensors and marine data communications. He is also the inventor of SeaFi.

Arnaud is a consultant for the private and public sectors (CIT, UCD, Irish Navy). Anticipating the IoT revolution, he has designed and delivered private marine wireless network infrastructures for Port of Cork, Port of Waterford and Rosslare Europort in Ireland. Arnaud has been awarded several Innovation Awards.

As a Lecturer in Marine Data Communications to Electro Technical Officers for the National Maritime College of Ireland, he was presented in 2015 the Excellence in Maritime Education Award by the Maritime Community for his work in Marine Electro-Technical Engineering.
In 1987, at the age of 21, Arnaud spent a year as coxswain in the Amazon deep forest with the French 24th Regiment of Naval Infantry.

Since 2020, Arnaud holds the world record title for the longest transmission between a vessel at sea and a lighthouse.