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Harry Yeh Oral History Interview. September 22, 2014

Harry Yeh Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

September 22, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Harry Yeh (b. 1950) is a professor of Civil Engineering at OSU and an international authority on tsunamis. Since 1992, Yeh has traveled around the world to conduct field surveys of areas impacted by massive tsunami waves. In 2011 and 2012, Yeh made two extended trips to his native Japan to conduct research on the effects of the devastating Tohoku tsunami, trips which included visits to the restricted zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. His interview focuses on his education in multiple disciplines including hydrodynamics, his field work analyzing tsunamis in Asia, South America and elsewhere, and the wave modeling research that he conducts at OSU's O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.