Umesh A. Korde is a research professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. He has been a researcher since 1982 when he began working in the field of wave energy. Since then, Korde has also contributed to the fields of robotics, deformable structures, and noise-shielding.
In addition to wave energy, his current research interests include utilization of environmental energy for persistent environmental sensing, seafloor energy conversion from interacting surface waves for applications such as carbon dioxide sensing, propagation of low-frequency acoustic-seismic wave systems through the ocean, and utilization of ocean wave phenomena to understand certain impacts of climate change.
Umesh’s areas of expertise include wave dynamics, wave-body dynamics, and variational optimization and control. His current and recent research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Naval Facilities Center, Naval Information Warfare Center, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, and his books include Hydrodynamic Control of Wave Energy Devices, Korde UA and Ringwood JV, Cambridge University Press, October 2016, and Engineering Mathematics of Marine Applications, Korde UA and Ertekin, RC, Cambridge University Press, April 2023.
Umesh is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was formerly a professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He earned his PhD at the University of Notre Dame, his master’s degree from the University of Tokyo, and his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.