Associate Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Navid Tahvildari

130c Kaufman Hall
Norfolk, 23529

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, (2011)

M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, (2007)

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic, (2005)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Tahvildari, N. "Nature-Based Features for Coastal Resilience: Quantifying Wave Dissipation" $80000. Federal. June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2019
Tahvildari, N. and Ma, G. "Modeling the Protection Services of Flood Mitigation Measures in the City of Franklin, Virginia" $30000. Private. August 2016 - August 2018
Tahvildari, N. "Quantifying wave dissipation effects of living shorelines: Oyster reef FS" $5000. Higher Education. July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
Tahvildari, N. "Nature-bases features for coastal resilience quantifying wave dissipation" $39289.00 . Higher Education. June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018
Tahvildari, N. and Cetin, M. "Integrated Dynamic Modeling Approach-Flooding of Coastal Transportation Infrastructure" $66692.00 . Higher Education. May 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018
Tahvildari, N. "Quantifying Wave Dissipation Effects of Living Shorelines: Field Study" $5000.00 . Higher Education. September 12, 2016 - December 11, 2017
Tahvildari, N. "Quantifying Wave Dissipation Effects of Living Shorelines: Numerical Modeling" $5000. Federal. September 2016 - September 2017
Tahvildari, N. "Investigating the Effects of Nature-based Coastal Measures in Storm Damage Mitigation" $7000. Old Dominion University. February 1, 2017 - June 1, 2017
Tahvildari, N. and Cetin, M. "Investigating The Vulnerability of The Transportation Infrastructure In Hampton Roads Region To Extreme Weather And Sea Level Rise" $64770.3. State. July 1, 2016 - May 22, 2017
Tahvildari, N. "Dissipative effect of coastal vegetation on water waves" $7000. Old Dominion University. June 2015 - August 2015


Coastal Engineering
Theoretical and Computational Modeling, Field Measurements

Research Interests

Coastal Engineering, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Flooding, Natural and Nature-Based Mitigation of Coastal Hazards, Computational Modeling and Field Observations of Coastal Processes

Refer to my personal website for up-to-date information on my research grants and publications.


Castrucci, L. and Tahvildari, N. (2018). Modeling the impacts of sea level rise on storm surge inundation in flood-prone urban areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Marine Technology Society Journal 52 (2) , pp. 92-105.
Tahvildari, N., Kaihatu, J. M. and Saric, W. S. (2016). Generation of long subharmonic internal waves by surface waves. Ocean Modelling 106 , pp. 12-26.
Tahvildari, N. and Jamali, M. (2012). Cubic nonlinear analysis of generation of interfacial waves by a surface wave in an open two-layer fluid. Fluid Dynamics Research 44.
Kaihatu, J. M.. and Tahvildari, N. (2011). The combined effect of wave-current interaction and mud-induced damping on nonlinear wave evolution. Ocean Modelling 41 , pp. 22-34.
Tahvildari, N. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (2011). Optimized determination of viscous mud properties using a nonlinear wave-mud interaction model. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 28 , pp. 1486–1503.

Conference Proceeding

Castrucci, L. and Tahvildari, N. (2017). Hydrodynamic Modeling of Storm Surge Flooding in the Transportation Infrastructure in Southeast Virginia Anchorage, AK: MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference.
Tahvildari, N. (2016). Numerical Modeling of the Interactions between Nonlinear Waves and Arbitrarily Flexible Vegetation Antalya: Proceedings of 35th Conference on Coastal Engineering.
Tahvildari, N., Lynett, P. J.. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (2014). A numerical code for waves in a two-layer shallow fluid ASME 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering.
Tahvildari, N. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (2011). Generation of oblique interfacial waves due to resonant interaction with surface gravity waves in shallow water MTS/IEEE Oceans Conference, Kona, HI.
Tahvildari, N. and Jamali, M. (2009). Analytical Cubic Solution to Weakly Nonlinear Interactions between Surface and Interfacial Waves Honolulu, HI: ASME 28th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering.
Tahvildari, N. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (2009). Inverse deduction of mud parameters from free surface wave energy in muddy coasts (pp. 2870–2877) Vancouver, BC: IAHR 33rd Congress.


Tahvildari, N. and Sharifineyestani, E. (June , 2017). Numerical Modeling of Non-breaking Wave Dissipation in the Coastal Environment Oral Presentation Gordon Research Conference - Coastal Ocean Dynamics .
Tahvildari, N. (January 26, 2017). Generation of Nonlinear Internal Waves: From Mid-ocean Ridges to Fluidized Coastal Sediments Oral Presentation Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Seminar Series Norfolk, VA.
SharifiNeyestani, E. and Tahvildari, N. (December , 2016). Propagation of Nonlinear Surface Waves over Viscoelastic Mud Oral Presentation American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA.
Tahvildari, N. (September 12, 2016). Modeling Non-breaking Wave Dissipation in the Nearshore Oral Presentation Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography Seminar Series Norfolk, VA.
Tahvildari, N., Zeller, R. B.. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (February , 2016). A Numerical Study on Wave Evolution in Interaction with Flexible Vegetation Oral Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Tahvildari, N., Kaihatu, J. M.. and Saric, W. S.. (August , 2015). Multi-Harmonic Wave Pattern over Lutocline Oral Presentation Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference-North America .
Tahvildari, N., Peacock, T. and Fringer, O. B.. (February , 2014). A parametric study of nonlinear and nonhydrostatic effects on internal tide generation over a submerged ridge Poster AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting Honolulu, HI.
Tahvildari, N., Fringer, O. B.. and Peacock, T. (June , 2013). Nonhydrostatic and nonlinear energetics of internal tides over submerged ridges Poster Ocean Turbulence Conference Santa Fe, NM.
Tahvildari, N. and Kaihatu, J. (October , 2011). Spatial Evolution of Nonlinear Long Interacting Surface and Interfacial Waves Poster 12th International Workshop on Wave Forecasting and Hindcasting Kona, HI.
Tahvildari, N. (June , 2011). Nonlinear wave interactions in a two-layer fluid Oral Presentation Stanford University.
Tahvildari, N. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (December , 2010). Resonant interactions between long weakly nonlinear surface and Poster AGU Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA.
Tahvildari, N. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (February , 2010). Nonlinear resonant generation of two interfacial waves due to interaction with a surface wave in shallow water Oral Presentation AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting Portland, OR.
Tahvildari, N. and Kaihatu, J. M.. (November , 2008). Invertibility and Predictability in Wave–Mud interaction Oral Presentation AGU Chapman Conference on Physics of Wave-Mud Interaction Amelia Island, FL.
Tahvildari, N. (January , 2007). Nonlinear shallow water waves and Kortweg–de Vries (KdV) equations Oral Presentation Advanced Mathematics Seminar Tehran, Iran.
  • 2016: ExCEEd Teaching Fellow 2016, ASCE
  • 2014: Outreach for Engineers Specialty Forum Scholarship, Offshore Mechanics and Ocean Engineering Conference (ASME-IPTI),
  • 2011: Student Poster Program Award, MTS/IEEE Ocean’s Conference, Kona, HI
  • 2009: Jelesnianski fellowship in coastal engineering, Texas A&M University