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A Multidisciplinary Approach

Witek and PhD graduate student Luciana Cunha

Professor Witold Krajewski working with PhD student Luciana Cunha.

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering is an internationally respected institution dedicated to hydroscience and fluids engineering. IIHR offers a multidisciplinary approach to research and education, giving students the tools they need to address increasingly complex global issues. Graduate studies at IIHR provide professional expertise that integrates:

  • An understanding of the physics of flow and flow-related processes
  • Development of analysis, modeling, and simulation skills
  • Use of state-of-the-art equipment, instrumentation, and computer methods
  • An understanding of environmental, economic, social, and international issues
  • Communication skills for a successful professional career

Areas of Study

Since IIHR is an institute, not an academic department, students do not apply to IIHR for admission. The University of Iowa Graduate College and the Office of Admissions administer admission procedures for applicants interested in graduate study at the University of Iowa. Students affiliate with IIHR based on their research interests in the fluids and hydroscience area and their academic advisors’ affiliation with IIHR. Most of our students are accepted to a department within the College of Engineering, but IIHR also has students in other departments, such as geosciences and mathematics. For admission requirements, deadlines, and other information, visit the Graduate and Professional Admission website. Most IIHR graduate students apply for and receive half- or quarter-time research assistantships with partial tuition reimbursement.

Dedicated Faculty Mentors

Pablo Carrica with students working on wind turbine nacelle

Professor Pablo Carrica (right) working with students on a wind turbine nacelle.

Graduate students at IIHR (part of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa) benefit from close collaborations with our many dedicated and knowledgeable faculty members and research engineers, representing several University of Iowa departments.

Through these close research partnerships, graduate students get hands-on experience and training through fundamental and applied investigations in a number of diverse, innovative areas of inquiry.

Advanced Research Capabilities and Facilities

Students at IIHR engage in cutting-edge research and learn a variety of practical applications. IIHR researchers conduct research in several areas, including:

  • Ship hydrodynamics, turbulent flows, and biological fluid flow
  • Atmospheric boundary layer, air pollution, hydrogeology, hydrology, hydrometeorology, and remote sensing
  • Structures, river and dam hydraulics, fish passage at dams, sediment management, heat dispersal in water bodies and power production, water-quality monitoring, and air-water exchange processes

IIHR is unique among fluids research laboratories, offering state-of-the-art in-house capabilities in both computational and physical modeling. With extensive computer and laboratory facilities, IIHR provides students with varying and complementary approaches for investigating and solving a wide variety of flow problems, with financial support equally divided between grants-funded research and private contracts.

International Reputation

IIHR’s long history of national and international partnerships and the growing use of cyberinfrastructure make it increasingly possible for students to work with individuals, departments, and institutions worldwide in ways that were never before possible. International Perspectives in Water Resources Science and Management, a study-abroad course offered about every 18 months, gives students a unique international travel opportunity focusing on the water resources and issues faced by a particular country or region.

International Perspectives - Egypt

International Perspectives takes students to a different world region about every 18 months.

Of particular interest is the growing trend toward multidisciplinary and multinational collaborations. Through these interactions, students learn to move beyond traditional solutions and consider innovative, multidisciplinary, and environmentally sound approaches to complicated issues.

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Last modified on June 25th, 2015
Posted on June 1st, 2010

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