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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, Korde’s current research interests include the utilization of environmental energy for persistent environmental sensing, seafloor energy conversion from nonlinear interactions of multi-directional surface waves and near-shore surface waves with the seafloor.  His research applications include carbon dioxide sensing, propagation of low-frequency acoustic-seismic wave systems through the ocean, utilization of ocean wave phenomena to understand certain impacts of climate change, and the effect of waves and tides on near-shore heat, and mass transfer processes.

Korde’s areas of expertise include wave dynamics, wave-body dynamics, and variational optimization and control. He collaborates with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Naval Information Warfare Center, Sandia National Laboratories, the Johns Hopkins University Earth and Planetary Sciences Department and the Applied Physics Laboratory. His current and recent research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Facilities Center, the 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, and Engineering Mathematics of Marine Applications.

Korde 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 bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, his master’s degree from the University of Tokyo, and his PhD from the University of Notre Dame.