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David R. Fuhrman is Professor of Coastal Dynamics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on many aspects of coastal engineering, including: surf zone and coastal dynamics, sediment transport, coastal morphology, scour, turbulence modelling, wave boundary layers, and nonlinear wave hydrodynamics. He has published approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals on such topics. He presently serves on the Editorial Boards for three leading international journals: (1) ASCE J. Waterways, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering; (2) Coastal Engineering; and (3) Applied Ocean Research. His research on turbulence modelling is featured in the latest v1912 release of the popular CFD software OpenFOAM. He is co-author of the textbook: Turbulence in Coastal and Civil Engineering.


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Distinctions, Honors & Awards:

  • U.S. Fulbright / Netherland America Foundation Scholar, 1999-2000
  • Myhrwold Foundation Special Achievement Award, for outstanding PhD thesis at DTU, 2005
  • ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal & Ocean Engineering, 2015
  • Co-author of Web of Science designated Highly Cited Paper. Starting in 2016 our paper (Jacobsen, Fuhrman & Fredsøe 2012) was so designated, “placing it in the top 1% of the academic field of Engineering, based on a threshold for field and publication year.”
  • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer Award for service to: (1) Coastal Engineering (achieved: 2016), (2) Applied Ocean Research (achieved: 2016) and Ocean Engineering (achieved: 2017)
  • 2018 Top Reviewers in Engineering Award - Publons.com
  • Nominee, 2018 Teacher of the Year - DTU Student Association
  • Winner (named team member), 2018 DTU Prize for Teaching and Learning, awarded for developing the innovative “umbrella courses” for undergraduate engineering education at DTU
  • "Stabilized" turbulence models from co-authored paper (Larsen & Fuhrman 2018) included in the open-source CFD software OpenFOAM, since ESI release v1912, 2019

International Experience:


  • Oxford University, Oxford, England, 2002 (5 months)
  • École Centrale de Marseille, Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre, Marseille, France, September 2005
  • DHI, Coastal & Estuarine Dynamics Department, Hørsholm, Denmark, March, 2011—July, 2011
  • University of Cambridge, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, England, August, 2014
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Full-scale CIEM wave flume, Barcelona, Spain, June, 2017

Editorships, International journals and conferences:

  • Editor (with Troels Aagaard & Rolf Deigaard), Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics 2017 Conference
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Offshore Mechanics & Arctic Engineering (ASME), 2015-2018
  • Guest Associate Editor, Ocean Dynamics (Springer), Special issue on coastal dynamics
  • Editorial Board, Applied Ocean Research (Elsevier), 2015-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal & Ocean Engineering (ASCE), 2017-present
  • Advisory Editorial Board, Coastal Engineering (Elsevier), 2017-present

Other Professional Experience:

  • Examination Committee for approx. 13 PhD Defenses (6 external, 7 internal)
  • Supervisor for approx. 6 Postdoc, 11 PhD projects, and 42 MSc projects
  • Peer reviewer for approx. 35 international journals

Language Skills:
English (native)
Danish (passed PD3 exam)

Research areas

  • Sediment transport and scour
  • Turbulence and turbulence modelling
  • Wave hydrodynamics
  • Surf zone / coastal dynamics
  • Wave boundary layers
  • Boussinesq-type methods for water waves
  • Numerical methods and analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark


MSc, Hydroinformatics, with Distinction, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands


MSc, Hydroinformatics, with Distinction, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands


BSc, Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA


BSc, Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA


External positions

2010 → …

Assistant Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Postdoc, Technical University of Denmark


PhD Student, Technical Univeristy of Denmark


Researcher, DHI Water & Environment, Hørsholm, Denmark


PhD Student, Technical University of Denmark



  • User defined:
  • Sediment Transport
  • Turbulence Modelling
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Wave Boundary Layers
  • Tsunamis
  • Surf Zone Dynamics
  • Coastal Dynamics
  • Turbulence
  • Scour
  • Boussinesq-type Wave Models
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Wave Hydrodynamics


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