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Full name: Manuel Alejandro Corrales Gonzalez

Nationality: Costa Rica

Residence: Genoa, Italy

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2020 – Today: PhD programme in Engineering for marine and coastal environments, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy. Supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Besio

2017 – 2020: Master degree in Hydraulics Engineering, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

2009 – 2016: Licentiate degree in Civil Engineering, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

Academic Internships

April/1/2022 – June/1/2022: Phd visiting period at the Offshore Engineering Section of the Hydraulics Engineering department of TU Delft. Delft, The Netherlands. Research period under the supervision of Prof. George Lavidas

Work experience

June 2016 – Sep 2020: Research assistant, IMARES – University of Costa Rica. I worked on several tasks such as numerical modelling of wave propagations, wave data analysis, calibration of wave data bases, to increase the resolution of wave information,physical modelling and design of coastal protection structures. Website:

March 2018 – February 2021: Assistant professor, Biosystems Engineering School. University of Costa Rica. Given courses: Design of hydraulics infrastructure, numerical applications. Website:

March 2019 – July 2019: Assistant professor, Civil Engineering School. University of Costa Rica. Professor of the course Hydraulics 1. Website:

Professional training complements

Dec/4/2022 – Dec/9/2022: PhD course: Generation and Analysis of Waves in Physical Models. Aalborg University, Denmark. Prof. Thomas Lykke Andersen, Prof. Peter Frigaard

Apr/20/2021 – Apr/29/2021: PhD course: Generation and Analysis of Waves in Physical Models. Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy. Prof. Maurizio Brocchini

Feb/10/2020 – Feb/14/2020: International course: Energy of waves. Physical and numerical modelling. University of Colima, Manzanillo, Mexico

Jan/24/2020 – Jan/28/2020: Presentation: Wave characteristics on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica for energy production. Panamerican of Marine Energy Conference PAMEC2020. San Jose, Costa Rica

Nov/18/2019 – Nov/22/2018: International course: Marine Protected Areas. IOC-UNESCO Invemar, Santa Marta, Colombia

Aug/1/2019 – Aug/10/2018: Presentation: Tsunami alert, activation process in Costa Rica. ITIC Programme on End to End Tsunami Early Warning Systems and Pacific Tsunami Warning Center enhanced products. Valparaiso, Chile

May/22/2018 – May/26/2018: COASTLAB2018 Congress on Coastal and Maritime Engineer laboratories, Santander, Spain

Oct/31/2017 – Nov/02/2017: Regional Training Workshop on Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Enhanced Tsunami Products for ICG/CARIBE EWS. Cartagenas de Indias, Colombia

Oct/15/2017 – Oct/17/2017: Course: Use of tsunami propagation model Tsunami Hy-Sea. Held by National University of Costa Rica(Costa Rica)- University of Malaga (Spain). Costa Rica

Apr/18/2012 – Apr/20/2012: International Congress of Engineering and Infrastructure Panama Canal. Panama Canal Authority, Panama City, Panama

Speech and presentations

Dec/3/2022 – Dec/9/2022: International conference on Coastal Engineering. Wave hindcast in the Pacific of Central America by using an Unstructured mesh. Copri ASCE, Engineers of Australia, Sydney, Australia.

Oct/20/2022 – Oct/22/2022: Conference held by the Associazione di Ingegneria Offshore e Marina AIOM2022: Evaluation of run up and run down equations under the wave conditions at the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica. Parma, Italy.

Sep/4/2022 – Sep/4/2022: IDRA2022: Coastal risk assessment in Central America: from deep waters to nearshore regions. Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Apr/17/2019: Considerations in the construction of a physical modelling of breakwaters for the study of Run up and Run down. Research sessions of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Costa Rica. Available on:

Apr/17/2019: NOAA Database calibration using wave measurement instruments in the costa rican pacific coast. Research sessions of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Costa Rica

Jun/18/2019 – Jun/19/2019: Training workshop: Theory and preparation in cases of tsunamis, Strengthening early warning and response capacities for tsunami and other coastal hazards in Central America. UNESCO and Ministry of Education of Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

Nov/24/2017 – Nov/26/2017: Regional meeting: Proposal for a Regional Protocol on Tsunami Communications for Central America. DIPECHO Project -By UNESCO, Managua, Nicaragua

Other information

Former collaborator with the National Tsunami Monitoring System of Costa Rica SINAMOT, a group recognized by the government of the Republic of Costa Rica as a technical assistance entity for tsunami events in Costa Rica: I collaborated within this group mainly on the calculation of the estimated time of arrival of the first wave with the North American model of propagation MOST, in case of a tsunami threat for Costa Rica


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