Associate Professor Scott Draper

Started at UWA: 2011

Pioneering research into future solutions for our oceans

There are a number of challenging fluid mechanics problems to overcome if we want to use the ocean environment safely and sustainably for energy generation.Associate Professor Scott Draper

As an associate professor within UWA’s Oceans Graduate School and Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, Dr Scott Draper works on challenges related to estimating wave and current loads on offshore structures. Dr Draper researches problems such as the stability of subsea infrastructure on the seabed; the best arrangement of marine renewable energy devices; and wave kinematics and hydrodynamics of floating objects.

As an expert in offshore engineering, Dr Draper has developed models to determine the optimum arrangement of offshore wind turbines for power generation, and to estimate how much energy could be removed from the tide at locations around the United Kingdom.

Dr Draper’s research is supported by the Australian Research Council, and he works closely with industry partners such as Woodside, Shell, Bureau Veritas, Lloyds Register Group and Carnegie Clean Energy. His work has been displayed in more than 100 publications, and he often supervises award-winning final-year and PhD students in topics relating to ocean engineering. He also works on industry initiatives involving students, such as the Woodside RiverLab.


Bachelor of Engineering, UWA
Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering Science, University of Oxford

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UWA Teaching Award nomination 2017

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Awarded Woodside Early Career Scientist, Premier’s Science Awards 2016

Coastal and Offshore Engineering identified as a ‘consistently excellent’ unit via Students' Unit Reflective Feedback survey 2015-2017



Fugro AG

  • 'Erosion Testing to Support Development Offshore North West Australia'

SBM Offshore

  • 'Literature Desk Top Study to Define Critical Shear Stress Criteria for Mooring Line Trenching’

UWA Research Impact Grants

  • 'Strategic outreach activities to promote UWA's expansion of renewable wave energy research in Albany’


WA Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development

  • ‘Albany Wave Energy Project – Wave Energy Research Centre’

Western Australian Energy Research Alliance

  • ‘Echo-Yodel On-Bottom Stability Assessment to Support Decommissioning Decision Making’

UWA Research Collaboration Award

  • ‘Fluid resonance in the gap between two side‐by‐side offshore floating structures with square bilges’

Western Australian Energy Research Alliance

  • Investigation of Lateral Resistance and Conformity of Subsea Pipelines, Umbilicals to Irregular Seabeds’

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