CHARLES ERNEST KNOWLES

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

Emeritus Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography

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Academic Background


Education:

Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, May 1970


Professional Experience:

1970 - 1974

Assistant Professor, Physical Oceanography, NCSU

1974 - 2003

Associate Professor, Physical Oceanography, NCSU

2004 - present

Associate Professor, Emeritus, Physical Oceangraphy, NCSU

1987 - 1992

Coordinator, NCSU UNC-W Cooperative Ph.D. Degree Program in Marine Science

1990 - 1992

Director, Natural Resources Research Center, NCSU

1992 - 1993

Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, NCSU

1993 - 1995

Coordinator University Centers, Institutes and Laboratories, Research Administration, NCSU

1993 - 2000

Chairman, Triangle Universities Environmental Coordinating Council

1993 - 1998

Member of Council on Athletics, NCSU

1995 - 1998

Chairman, Faculty Academic Committee of the Council on Athletics, NCSU

1996

Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NCSU -- July 1 to December 31

1998 - 2000

Elected Member of Faculty Senate for College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NCSU

2000

Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NCSU (January 1 to June 30)

2000 - 2001

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NCSU (July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001)

2001 - 2003

Director of Community College Relations and Distance Learning, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (July 1, 2001 to December 31, 2003)


Awards:


Professional Emphasis:

My long-term research interests have centered around the physical processes and dynamics of estuaries, estuarine-ocean dynamics, and finite-depth and shallow-water wave generation and dissipation, with an emphasis on estuaries. In 1987 I sought and moved into my first administrative position, and from 1990 to 1995 that was my full-time responsibility. In August 1995 I returned full-time to my faculty position and then spent two periods as Associate Dean in 1996 and 2000-2001. My latest professional scholarly interests involve innovative course development and educational technologies, including offering an online course on the World Wide Web. Through an NSF grant, it also included working closely with four NCSU colleges and 9 community colleges in Eastern NC in a unique articulation partnership.

Because of my January 1, 2004 retirement, I no longer accept new graduate students.


Personal Interests:


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Courses Taught at NCSU:

MEA 742

Ocean Surface Gravity Wave Theory

MEA 560, 561

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

MEA 601, 602

Advanced Physical Oceanography

MEA 200

Introduction to Oceanography

  • Regular Semester Lecture Course
  • Summer Term Lecture Course
  • Cable Independent Study, Channel 18, Raleigh - Distance Education Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), NCSU
  • Video Independent Study - DELTA
  • Regular Semester Web-based Course both through TRACS and DELTA
  • Written Independent Study - UNC-CH

ES 100

Introduction to Environmental Science

Publications:

A. Refereed Journals or Books

1970

Reid, R. O. and C. E. Knowles. An Inverse Tsunami Problem. In: Tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean (Ed Adams). East-West Center Press, Honolulu, pp. 399-406.

1973

Knowles, C. E. and R. O. Reid. The Inverse Tsunami Problem for Islands of General Shape. In: Tsunami Waves, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, pp. 61-68.

1974

Knowles, C. E. Salinity Determination from use of CTD sensors. Jour. Phys. Ocean., 4 (2) p. 275-277

1977

Knowles, C. E. and J. J. Singer. Exchange through a Barrier Island Inlet: Additional Evidence of Upwelling off the Northeast Coast of North Carolina. Jour. Phys. Ocean., 7(1) p. 146-152.

1982

Knowles, C. E. On the effects of finite-depth on wind-wave spectra: 1. A comparison with deep-water equilibrium range slope and other spectral parameters. Jour. Phys. Ocean., 12 (6), pp. 556-568.

1983

Knowles, C. E. On the estimation of surface gravity waves from subsurface pressure records for estuarine basins. Jour. Estuarine, Coast. & Shelf Sci., 17, 395-404.

1986

Knowles, C. E. On finite-depth wind-wave generation and dissipation. In: Wave Dynamics and Radio Probing of the Ocean Surface, Ed: O. M. Phillips & K. Hasselmann, Plenum, New York and London, pp. 145-160.

B. University Publications

1993

Procedures for Creating and Managing Research and Public Service Centers, Institutes and Laboratories, NCSU Office of Research, Outreach and Extension, November 10, 1993, 24 p.

1995

Procedures for Creating and Managing Organized Research and Public Service Units, NCSU Office of Research, Outreach and Extension, June 20, 1995, 34 p. This was a greatly expanded edition of the 1993 procedures manual.

C. Refereed Technical Reports

1981a

Knowles, C. E. Estimation of surface gravity-waves from subsurface pressure records for estuarine basins. UNC Sea Grant Publication UNC-SG-WP-81-6 Sept., 18 p.

1981b

Knowles, C. E. Wind-wave climatology and wind-tides for Fort Raleigh wave-gauge site, 1979. UNC Sea Grant Publication UNC-SG-WP-81-8, Dec., 37 p.

D. Book Reviews

1978

Knowles, C. E. Review of: Weather for the Mariner, 2nd Edition, By Rear Adm. William J. Kotsch, U. S. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 1977, 272 p., for Bulletin of AMS, Sept. 1978.

1985

Knowles, C. E. Review of: Tsunamis: Their Science and Engineering. Proceedings of the International Tsunami Symposium, May 1981, IUGG Tsunami Commission, Sendai-Ofunato-Kamaishi, Japan, Ed. Iida, K. and T. Iwasaki, 599 p., for EOS, 66(36), September 1985, pp. 631.

E. Proceedings and Abstracts

1971

Knowles, C. E. An Inverse Tsunami Problem for Symmetric Islands of Simple Shape. Trans. AGU, 52(4), p. 240.

1973

Knowles, C. E. Salinity Determination for use with CTD Sensors. Trans. AGU, 54(4), p. 317.

1974

Knowles, C. E., J. J. Singer. Thermographic Anomaly at Oregon Inlet. Trans. AGU, 55(4), p. 1008

1975

Knowles, C. E. Circulation Dynamics in the Neuse River, N. C. Trans. AGU, 56(12), p. 1008.

1977

Knowles, C. E. Salinity Control of Eurasian Watermilfoil; a physical diagnostic model. Trans. AGU, 57(12), p. 1173.

1980a

Knowles, C. E. Equilibrium range slope for shallow-water gravity-wave spectra. Trans. AGU, 61(17), p. 262.

1980b

Knowles, C. E. On an empirical attenuation factor for estuarine, wind-driven gravity-waves. Trans. AGU 61(46), p. 987.

1981a

Knowles, C. E. Wind-wave spectra and the effects of finite-depth. IUCRM Symposium on Wave Dynamics and Radio Probing of Ocean Surface, Miami Beach, FL, May 1981.

1981b

Knowles, C. E. Wind-wave growth and atmospheric stability in a large shallow-water estuary. Trans. AGU, 62(17), p. 313.

1981c

Knowles, C. E. Transducer height selection to avoid a maximum compensation factor cut-off in estimating surface gravity-wave from subsurface pressure fluctuations. Trans. AGU, 62(45), p. 93.

1983

Knowles, C. E. The effect of finite-depth on wind-wave spectra. Symposium on the Practice of Physical Oceanography, Texas A & M, April 1983.

1984

Knowles, C. E. Non-ideal fetch wind wave generation. First Annual Duke/UNC Oceanography Symposium, Duke Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC, 17 November 1984.

1985

Knowles, C. E. Evidence of oscillatory currents with semi-diurnal periods in the Neuse River Estuary. Symposium on Circulation Patterns in Estuaries, College of William and Mary, February 1985.

1994

Knowles, C. E. and Russ Lea. Organized University Research and Service Consortial Partnerships: The Importance of Effective Administration!, Proceedings of NCURA Region III and SRA Southern Section Spring Meeting, San Juan, PR, May 15-18, 1994.

Related Research Grants:

1.

UNC Sea Grant, "Dynamics of Flow in Estuarine Waters", total award = $45,759 for period January 1, 1973 - December 31, 1973. Principal Investigators: M. Amein, C. Knowles.

2.

UNC Sea Grant, "Dynamics of Flow in Estuarine Waters" total awards - $23,957 for period January 1, 1974 - December 31, 1974. Principal Investigators: C. Knowles and M. Amein.

3.

UNC Sea Grant, "The Physical and Biological Parameters Affecting Establishment of Marsh Vegetation for Shoreline Erosion Control", total award -$44,242 for period January 1, 1977 - December 31, 1977. Principal Investigators: E. Seneca, E. Knowles, S. Broome.

4.

UNC Sea Grant, "The Physical and Biological Parameters Affecting Establishment of Marsh Vegetation for Shoreline Erosion Control", total award - $36,510 for period January 1, 1978 - December 31, 1978. Principal Investigators: E. Seneca, E. Knowles, S. Broome.

5.

UNC Sea Grant, "The Physical and Biological Parameters Affecting Establishment of Marsh Vegetation for Shoreline Erosion Control", total award - $36,510 for period January 1, 1979 - December 31, 1979. Principal Investigators: E. Seneca, E. Knowles, S. Broome.

6.

UNC Sea Grant, "Analysis and Prediction of Ocean Surface Gravity Waves on the N. C. Coast", total award - $10,950 for period January 1, 1979 - December 31, 1979. Principal Investigators: E. Knowles and R. Weisberg.

7.

UNC Sea Grant, "Analysis and Prediction of Ocean Surface Gravity Waves on the N.C. Coast", total award - $28,244 for period January 1, 1980 - December 31, 1980. Principal Investigators: E. Knowles and R. Weisberg.

8.

UNC Sea Grant, "The Physical and Biological Parameters Affecting Establishment of Marsh Vegetation for Shoreline Erosion Control", total award - $8,347 for period January 1, 1980 - December 31, 1980.. Principal Investigators: E. Seneca, E. Knowles, S. Broome.

9.

UNC Sea Grant, "Analysis and Prediction of Ocean Surface Gravity Waves on the N. C. Coast", total award - $52,561 for period January 1, 1981 - December 31, 1982. Principal Investigators: E. Knowles and R. Weisberg.

10.

U.S. EPA Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, "University Partnership Research Agreement", $79,792 for period October 1, 1995 - September 30, 1997. Principal Investigators: R. I. Bruck and E. Knowles.

11.

NSF Advanced Technological Education Program, "Coastal NC Community Colleges and NCSU, Improving Articulation for Workforce Development." Effort was centered at the Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) and involved 10 down-east community colleges and the Colleges of Physical & Mathematical Science, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Education and Psychology, and Engineering. Total Award $299,940 for period from April 15, 2001 &endash; April 14, 2004. Principal Investigators: Pamela Hilbert and E. Knowles


U.S. NAVY

Midshipman, NROTC University of Utah

 

Midshipman Captain & Battalian Commander Fall Term 1959
  • Entered NROTC as Contract Student September 1956
  • Selected for Regular Scholarship September 1957
  • AWARDS:
    • Selected by peers as Outstanding Midshipman for Sophomore, Junior and Senior years
    • Selected by Commanding Officer to be NROTC Battalion Commander with rank of Midshipman Captain for Fall Term 1959
  • CRUISES:
    • 1958 - San Diego and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
    • 1959 - Corpus Christi, TX & Coronado, CA
    • 1960 - Mediterranean Sea

Active and Reserve Duty:

Rank and Promotion Schedule

 

 Captain, USNR at CNO Residence July, 1989
  • Ensign, USN, 12 September 1960
  • Lieutenant Junior Grade, USN, 1 July 1962
  • Lieutenant, USN, 1 July 1964

    Resigned regular commission, left active service, 16 June 1965

  • Lieutenant Commander, USNR, 1 July 1969
  • Commander, USNR, 1 January 1976
  • Captain, USNR, 1 April 1982

    Retired 1 October 1990 with 30 years total service


Duty Assignments


Performance Awards


Where is the Swenson Now?

For my shipmates, I am happy to say that the Lyman K. Swenson still lives in spirit. Though the ship below, a Taiwan guided missle destroyer (DDG-927), is built on the hull of the USS Hammer (DD-719), some of the weapons systems computer components are from the Swenson. Here is a picture of her sent to me by Chen Fu Lu (flchena@tsmc.com.tw):


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