Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. SUSTAIN Laboratory | SUSTAIN addresses a significant gap in the existing research infrastructure available to support the development of disaster-resistant and resilient coastal communities.
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SUrge STructure Atmosphere INteraction Facility

SUSTAIN addresses a significant gap in the existing research infrastructure available to support the development of disaster-resistant and resilient coastal communities. SUSTAIN has the capability to test three-dimensional coupled wind-waves and surge and their combined impacts on structures in conditions as extreme as a land-falling Category 5 hurricane. The laboratory exists as a unique resource for fundamental studies on air-sea interactions, wave dynamics, and boundary layer turbulence while providing an experimental test-bed for model development.

investigating air-sea interactions, wave dynamics and storm surges in hurricane conditions


Principal Staff


Dr. Haus is an Professor in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science. His research focuses on experimental studies of air-sea interactions, ocean surface currents, radar remote sensing of oceanographic processes, shelf and estuary dynamics and wave-current interactions. Key to these efforts are laboratory studies of air-sea interactions and turbulence in the SUSTAIN facility.


After earning a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology in 2002 at Florida Tech, Cedric started working at RSMAS under the direction of Dr. R. K. Cowen. Even though his background is in fish functional morphology, he has personal interests in new technologies and engineering, which allows him to understand the technical needs of biologists and propose new approaches to answer scientific questions.


Michael attended San Francisco State University. He has been a marine technical specialist with the University of Miami for over 25 years. He has worked in a variety of fields, including deep-water acoustics, air-sea interaction, buoy deployment & retrieval, and design & construction of instrument platforms.


Dr. Williams’s degrees include a Ph. D in Applied Marine Physics, University of Miami (1996); M.S. in Ocean Engineering, University of Miami (1982); and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (1978). He has over 30 years experience in the planning and execution of experiments in both littoral and deep ocean environments throughout the world, signal processing, computer modeling and mooring and instrument systems development.


Milan is a meteorologist and oceanographer. He’s currently a postdoc in the SUSTAIN lab under supervision of Prof. Brian Haus, where he studies wind-wave-current interactions in hurricane conditions using laboratory measurements and numerical modeling. He has worked with teams from NASA and US Navy on developing and improving Earth system prediction models. Milan got his B.S. in Meteorology from University of Belgrade in 2009 and Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from University of Miami in 2015.

UM Affiliated Faculty

External Affiliated Faculty



He is a 4th yr PhD student in the SUSTAIN (Surge Structre Atmosphere Interaction) facility, Department of Ocean Sciences. He obtained his masters from IIT-Delhi, India in Fluid Dynamics. His dissertation title is Experimental studies of air-sea interaction under hurricane wind speeds. His research areas also includes optical techniques, instrumentation, and platform design and development. He is an Office of Naval Research and Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) scholar.


Ming is a first-year Ph. D student working under Dr. Brian Haus. His research involves both the laboratory study of turbulence generated by ocean surface waves and coastal/estuarine numerical modeling (especially with FVCOM, Delft3d, and ROMS).


Hanjing is a fourth-year Ph.D student in Applied Marine Physics working under the supervision of Dr. Brian Haus. She received her M.Phil in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2015 from HKUST. Her research focuses on wind waves, their generation and propagation on the ocean surface, and the mechanisms of air-sea interaction.


Andrew W. Smith is a 3rd year PhD. student in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography working under Dr. Brian Haus. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Tech in 2014, and then completed a Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at RSMAS in 2016. His research is focused on the physical structure of the air-sea interface and its’ connection with transfers of energy between the ocean and atmosphere, as well as the dissipation of energy within the atmosphere and ocean from atmospheric and wave physical processes.


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