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Robert Thieke

Christian S. Bauer Jr. Term Assistant Professor and CCE Department Head Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
Office 370B Weil Hall Lab 254 Weil Hall Work Phone: 352-294-7783


Dr. Robert Thieke has worked at the University of Florida for over 29 years in the areas of coastal engineering and civil engineering hydraulics. He served 9 years as the Graduate Coordinator of the Coastal & Oceanographic Engineering program, and has for the last 12 years been the Undergraduate Coordinator and major Advisor of the Civil Engineering program. Also for the past 8 years he has been the Department Head for the Civil & Coastal Engineering Department.

Primary Research Area

Coastal & Oceanographic Engineering

Other Research Areas

Water Systems

Research Interests

Surf zone dynamics, beach profile evolution, river flood modeling


B.S., 1981 Environmental Resouce Engineering, S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
M.Eng., 1983 Civil Engineering University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., 1988 Civil Engineering University of California, Berkeley

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2011 College of Engineering Advisor of the Year
  • 2005 University of Florida Teacher of the Year
  • 2003 American Society of Civil Engineers ExCEEd Career Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2000 College Teacher of the Year
  • 1997 ASEE Southeastern Section Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1995 University of Florida Teacher of the Year
  • 1995 W. M. Keck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 1987 Lorenz G. Straub Medal: Intl. award for Ph.D. thesis
  • 1986 Hans Albert Einstein Memorial Fellow – UC Berkeley