Oceana Puananilei Francis


Assistant Professor – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Sea Grant College Program
Office: POST203D
Phone: (808) 956-6555
E-mail: oceanaf@hawaii.edu

Areas of Specialty and Research Interest

  • Storm-generated ocean waves
  • Meteorological and ocean processes on coastal infrastructure
  • Sustainable coastal infrastructure, water, and wastewater systems affected by climate change and water shortage
  • Planning, design and construction of coastal infrastructure
  • Numerical modeling, field measurements, and statistical analysis of wind-generated waves

Education

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 2012
  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 2004
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK, 2002
  • B.Sc., Physics & Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1995

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer (Civil), License No. 15223, State of Hawaii
  • Professional Engineer (Civil), License No. 11226, State of Alaska

Experience

  • Aug 2012-present, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, Sea Grant College Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
  • Mar-Aug 2012, Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
  • 2005-2011, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
  • May-Aug 2009, Engineer Intern, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Anchorage, AK
  • 2003-2005, Civil Engineer, Tryck Nyman Hayes, Inc. Anchorage, AK
  • 2002-2003, Graduate Research Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
  • 2000-2002, Project Engineer, Village Safe Water, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Anchorage, AK

Courses Taught

  • CEE320: Fluid Mechanics Fundamentals
  • CEE622: Fluid Mechanics

Recent Professional Engineering Projects

  • Pono Kai Seawall Repair, Kapa’a, Kaua’i, Hawai’i
    Reviewed the feasibility of repairing the existing seawall.
  • Kivalina Relocation Master Plan, Kivalina, Alaska
    Assisted in the feasibility and design of moving an entire existing village to seven different selected sites.
  • Landfill Study and Preliminary Design Project, Ivanof Bay, Alaska
    Project Engineer to oversee the development of a Landfill Feasibility Study, sludge disposal alternatives, and Preliminary Design to delineate long-range strategies for Ivanof Bay’s solid waste disposal systems.
  • Navigation Improvements, Nome, Alaska
    Assisted with design drawings for sheet-pile wall replacements in support of a construction contract for navigation improvements at Nome, Alaska.
  • On-Site Wastewater Septic System Project, Nikolaevsk, Alaska
    Assisted in the design and construction of individual on-site septic systems for Nikolaevsk.
  • Sanitation Facilities Feasibility Study, Kotlik, Alaska
    Assisted in the analysis and design of extending water and sanitary sewer services across the Kotlik River to serve the residents on neighboring islands.
  • St. Mary’s Regional Training Center, St. Mary’s, Alaska
    Provided design and performance specification of a drainage system for the St. Mary’s Regional Training Center.
  • Strategic Reconfiguration (SR) Electrification Tees Replacement, Pump Station 04, Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
    Created new drawing package for an Issue for Construction (IFC) report that included new design and making modifications in AutoCAD to the Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Interconnecting Piping Plan, Isometrics, and Demolition drawings.
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Shutdown, June 20-21, 2009, Pump Station 03, Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
    Involved in the replacement of four piping sections at Pump Station 03.
  • Yakutat Employee Housing, Yakutat Ranger District, Tongass National Forest, Alaska
    Designed six on-site wastewater secondary treatment systems. Designed three raised mound absorption bed systems to meet the needs of the six on-site septic systems and to create lowest impact on surroundings. Assisted in the design of a new water well system which included a submersible pump and well housing.

Awards and Honors

  • 2010, Young Engineer of the Year Award, Alaska Society of Professional Engineers, Fairbanks Chapter
  • 2010, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • 2006-2007, College of Natural Science & Mathematics Graduate Fellowship, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2006-2007, Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MSPHDS) in Earth System Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and National Science Foundation
  • 2005, International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP) II Scholarship, Danish Polar Center
  • 2005-2006, College of Natural Science & Mathematics Graduate Fellowship, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2002-2003, Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Infrastructure and Systems for Cold Regions (ISCR) Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation and the State of Alaska

Research Activities

  • Aug 2012-present, Coastal sustainability, Water/wastewater systems, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Mar-Aug 2012, Data assimilation, International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks, AK
  • 2007-2011, Wind-wave spectra modeling, satellite, and field measurements, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • 2005-2007, Statistical Wind analysis, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • 2002-2004, Coastal Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Recent Professional Activities

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fairbanks, AK, President (2010-2011), Vice-President (2009-2010), Secretary/Treasurer (2008-2009)
  • Native Hawaiian Engaged Scholarship Working Group, Strategic Planning Committee, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI (2012-present)

Recent Selected Publications

  1. Francis, O.P. and D.E. Atkinson (2012). Synoptic forcing of wave state in the southeast Chukchi Sea, Alaska, at an offshore location. Natural Hazards, Volume 62, Number 3, 1169-1189, DOI:10.1007/s11069-012-0142-4.
  2. Francis, O.P. and D.E. Atkinson (2012). Synoptic forcing of wave state in the southeast Chukchi Sea, Alaska, at nearshore locations. Natural Hazards, Volume 62, Number 3, 1273-1300, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0148-y.
  3. Francis, O. P., G. G. Panteleev, and D. E. Atkinson (2011), Ocean wave conditions in the Chukchi Sea from satellite and in situ observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L24610, DOI:10.1029/2011GL049839.
  4. Panteleev, G., M. Yaremchuk, O. Francis, T. Kikuchi (2012). Configuring High Frequency Radar observations in the Southern Chukchi Sea. Polar Science, submitted.