Kendra M. Dresback

Research Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma

Background and research interests

Dr. Kendra M. Dresback is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MS and PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Her MS thesis investigated a predictor-corrector time-marching algorithm to achieve accurate results in less time using a finite element-based shallow water model; her dissertation focused on several algorithmic improvements to the same finite element-based shallow water model, ADCIRC. Her dissertation was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Universities Council on Water Resources and she was a U.S. Department of Education GAANN Fellow. She has published papers in the area of computational fluid dynamics.

Dr. Dresback’s research includes the use of computational models to help in the prediction of hurricane storm surge and flooding in coastal areas and the incorporation of transport effects in coastal seas and oceans in ADCIRC. Her research has been supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Office of Naval Research, the US Department of Defense EPSCoR, the US Department of Homeland Security, NOAA and the US Army Corp of Engineers.


Other Interests

Kendra enjoys reading novels, playing basketball and softball, and watching plays. She also enjoy traveling internationally.

Kendra will also be supporting Dr Cheryl Anne Blain in the practical section of her module, using ADCIRC.