Jack Puleo

Professor and Chair
Jack Puleo
Office: 301 DuPont Hall
Phone: 302-831-2442

Jack Puleo

Professor and Chair


Ph.D | University of Florida
Master | Oregon State University
Bachelor | Humboldt State University

Executive Summary

Jack Puleo is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a core faculty member of the Center for Applied Coastal Research (CACR) at the University of Delaware (UD). He completed a B.S. from Humboldt State University and a M.S. from Oregon State University. He was employed as a Research Oceanographer for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the subsequent six years and completed the Ph.D. from the University of Florida during the latter half of that time frame. He joined the faculty at UD in 2004 and has served as Associate Chair and CACR director. He was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting Professor at Plymouth University in 2011-2012.

Puleo conducts research on small-scale hydrodynamic and sediment transport processes in coastal environments. His research involves designing sensor networks, developing new sensors, conducting rapid-response deployments to quantify intra-storm processes, and nature-based solutions. Outcomes of the research lead to improved parameterizations for sediment transport that could be incorporated into high resolution and engineering-level predictive models for coastal change. His work has also focused on remote sensing of the coastal environment, object mobility on beaches, hybrid living shorelines, and total water level prediction at military installations.

Puleo is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), and American Society of Engineering Education. He has received the NSF CAREER Award in 2007, teaching awards from ASCE, the College of Engineering, and the University of Delaware (twice), a Chi Epsilon advising award, a ASBPA Robert G. Dean Award, and a German DAAD Scholarship.

Research Areas

  • Coastal and Ocean
  • Disasters
  • Sustainability