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IIHR Research Engineer Jacob Odgaard.

IIHR Research Engineer Jacob Odgaard.

A. Jacob Odgaard is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, and a research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. He is also a former associate dean for research and graduate studies in the UI College of Engineering. After receiving a PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 1970, Odgaard served with the Danish Army Corps of Engineers, and was a lecturer at the Technical University of Denmark. Following a postdoc at the University of Cambridge, U.K., from 1972 to 1973, he became senior research engineer at the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Odgaard came to Iowa in 1977.

Odgaard’s areas of expertise include environmental fluid mechanics, river mechanics, hydraulic structures, and hydraulic modeling. Among his recent accomplishments are the following: design and patent of a double-curved sediment control structure for rivers; development of techniques for stabilizing rivers and mitigating stream bank erosion; development of alternative fish diversion schemes for hydropower projects; and design optimization of drop structures for transfer of storm and wastewater to deep underground tunnels.

In 2001, Odgaard received the Hydraulic Structures Model from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in recognition of his innovations in experimental and engineering design. Odgaard also received ASCE’s Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize, and was appointed editor and associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. His committee service includes numerous ASCE and EWRI committees over the years, as well as the Iowa Highway Research Board and several National Science Foundation and National Cooperative Highway Research Program panels. In 2009, Odgaard received the University of Iowa College of Engineering Award for Exceptional Service, and in 2012 he was presented with the EWRI/ASCE Lifetime Achievement Award.

One of Odgaard’s most recent publications is River Training and Sediment Management with Submerged Vanes, a book published by the ASCE Press in 2009. He is a fellow of ASCE and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Iowa. His consulting activities span the globe. Odgaard is also an avid pilot who serves as a flying instructor.

Last modified on September 12th, 2013
Posted on July 10th, 2013