Engineering Sciences Research and Development
06122Water Power Technologies
Jesse Roberts received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998. His graduate work focused on determining the effects of sediment bulk properties (i.e. bulk density, particle size, mineralogy, organic content etc.) on sediment erosion rates and critical stresses for erosion using SEDflume. He presently works as a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories where he co-founded and is the team lead for Sandia’s Soil and Sediment Transport Group. Mr. Roberts has co-invented and patented two devices for making direct measurement of sediment erosion and transport properties in riverine, lake and oceanic environments. They are entitled the Adjustable Shear Stress Erosion and Transport (ASSET) Flume and the Sediment Erosion Actuated by Wave Oscillations and Linear Flow (SEAWOLF) Flume. His expertise and his patented devices have been utilized across the country at locations as far away as Kivalina Harbor in Alaska, Housatonic River in Massachusetts, Cape Canaveral in Florida, and the Rio Grande Mouth in Texas. He has published over 30 papers and reports representing experimental and model analysis work relating to hydrodynamics, sediment dynamics and water quality.