Sheppard Medlin

Master's Student

0713 Boyd Graduate Research Building
200 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Growing up in coastal North Carolina, Sheppard naturally spent a lot of time around the water.  This led to a deep appreciation of the ocean and all the coastal communities along its shores.  Moving inland, Sheppard attended NC State University for his undergraduate program, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Physics.  While there, he developed computational tools to visualize storm surge modeling results as a part of the Coastal and Computational Hydraulics Team.  Now, Sheppard is continuing his education at UGA by working towards a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering.  He is currently studying the scales at which barrier islands become effective tools for protecting the mainland against coastal flooding.  Sheppard enjoys all manner of outdoor activities when he isn't studying, including running, camping, surfing, and hiking.


  • Coastal Engineering
  • Computational Hydraulic Modeling
  • Storm Surge
  • Natural and Nature Based Infrastructure

Major Professor

Matthew Bilskie, Ph.D.


Coastal Ocean Analysis and Simulation Team (COAST)


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, NC State University, 2019