Wooyoung Choi

Contact Info

Title: Professor
Email: wooyoung.choi@njit.edu
Office: CULM 206C
Hours: M: 11AM-12PM Th: 11:30AM-12:30PM
Phone: 973-642-7979
Dept: Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
Webpage: http://web.njit.edu/~wychoi/

About Me

Wooyoung Choi´s research interest lies mainly in fluid mechanics and nonlinear waves, in particular, with applications to geophysical flow problems. His recent research focuses on the development of simple but accurate mathematical models to describe various physical processes in the ocean and, in collaboration with physical oceanographers, their validation with field and laboratory measurements. His current research projects include the development of new asymptotic models and efficient numerical methods to study the short-term evolution of nonlinear ocean surface waves with enhanced physical parameterizations of wave breaking and wind forcing, and the dynamics of large amplitude internal waves in density stratified oceans and their surface signatures.


  • PhD California Institute of Technology, 1993

  • MS  Seoul National University, 1986

  • BS  Seoul National University, 1984

Professional Societies

Honors and Fellowships

  • Quarterdeck Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Univ. of Mich., April 2005

  • Faculty Research Fellowship, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Univ. of Michigan, 2002

  • R. B. Chapman Memorial Award, California Institute of Technology, 1993

  • C. L. Powell Fellowships, California Institute of Technology, 1990



Research Interests

The main research interest of Wooyoung Choi lies in theoretical and computational fluid mechanics, and specific research areas include nonlinear wave mechanics, free surface flows, geophysical flow processes, naval hydrodynamics, vortex dynamics, and hydrodynamic stability. His research involves solving intriguing nonlinear problems with simple but reliable analytical models and a skillful use of numerical techniques.

Current Research

Current research projects include the development of mathematical models for short-term prediction of evolving nonlinear wave fields and nonlinear wave-body interaction, and the study of large amplitude internal solitary waves and their surface signatures with application to remote sensing.


Selected Publications