Umesh Korde

Umesh Korde


  • Professor, Richard and Elizabeth Henes Chair Professor in Wave Energy
  • PhD, University of Notre Dame


Umesh Korde has been active in the area of ocean wave energy utilization since 1982.  He has worked on several aspects of the problem, though his research over the last three decades has primarily been concerned with the dynamics, control, and hydrodynamics of oscillating bodies and pressure distributions performing as the primary working element of a wave energy converter.  Of particular interest in the last few years have been small devices capable of integration into measurement and sensing systems in the ocean, as well as shore and ocean based microgrids serving a variety of applications.  A focal area of his current research has been new techniques for modeling and control, including novel ways to utilize existing approaches. 

 Dr. Korde has also worked on the dynamics and control of flexible bodies including lightweight membranes, for space applications such as steering and shaping of laser beams, tunable passive damping of lightweight structures, and self-healing of structures using focused stress waves.  Dr. Korde serves as an associate editor for the journal J Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy (Springer), and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Research Specialties

  • Dynamics and control: floating body hydrodynamics, hydrodynamic modeling of buoys, cables;
  • Modeling and control of flexible and smart structures;
  • Wave energy converters, near-optimal control in the time domain;
  • Adaptive and nonlinear control of floating bodies;
  • Low-dissipation actuator and mechanism development, development of new detection and sensing modalities;
  • Deterministic wave prediction;
  • Control of ship-board systems
  • Wave powered microgrids

Recent Publications

  • Korde UA and Ringwood JV, "Hydrodynamic Control of Wave Energy Devices," Cambridge University Press, October 2016. ISBN: 9781139942072 Read More
  • Korde UA, Robinett RD, Wilson DG, "Wave-by-Wave Control in Irregular Waves of a Wave Energy Converter with Approximate Parameters," Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2016, pp. 501-519, DOI: 10.1007/s40722-016-0068-0 Read More
  • Korde UA, "Near-optimal Control of Wave Energy Converters in Irregular Waves with Propagation-model Driven Wave Prediction," Applied Ocean Research, Vol. 53, 2015, pp. 31-45, October 2015. DOI: j.apor.2015.07.007 Read More
  • Korde UA, "Energy Storage Requirements for Approximate Near-optimal Control of Two Axisymmetric Wave Energy Devices," IFAC Annual Reviews in Control, Oct. 2015, DOI: j.arcontrol.2015.08.004
  • Korde UA, Ertekin RC, "Wave Energy Conversion by Controlled Floating and Submerged Vertical Cylinder Buoys," J. Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, August 2015, Vol 1, No. 3, pp: 255-272. DOI: 10.1007/s40722-015-0021-7 Read More
  • Korde U.A., "On Using Up-wave Surface Elevation for Efficient Wave Energy Conversion in Irregular Waves," Applied Ocean Research, v. 46, June 2014, pp. 79-93
  • Korde U.A., Ertekin, R.C. "On Wave Energy Focusing and Conversion in Open Water," Renewable Energy, Vol. 62. February 2014, pp. 84-99 Read More
  • Engberg T, Korde U.A, "Modeling of the Acoustic Response of Payload Bays within Launch Vehicle Fairings," AIAA J. Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2013, pp. 423-432 Read More
  • Fehrman, B.C., Korde U.A., "Time Reversed Focusing for Targeted Delivery of Energy to Accelerate Epoxy Crack Healing," Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 24, No. 15, 2013, pp. 1865-1887
  • Korde, U.A., "On a Submerged Device with Active Control for Efficient Wave Energy Conversion," GREEN: International Journal of Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage, June 2012; invited paper