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March 1998 Newsletter

Dear Iowans:

The news, it just keeps on happening, but we finally decided that we should stop gathering and go to press. Some occurrences of a very somber sort are uppermost on our minds. Since our last letter, we are sorry to say, some esteemed and beloved Iowans have passed from us. We sent a special notice about Hunter Rouse’s death in October 1996. Since then, several others of our family have died. Gus Yih (Ph.D. ’48), died of cardiac arrest in April 1997, on a flight from the United States to Taiwan. John McNown (M.S. ’37) former IIHR associate director, died in February 1998 of a massive coronary in Stockholm, Sweden, where he had lived for the past 15 years. He was remembered by Bruce McEnroe (M.S. ’78) a University of Kansas professor of civil and environmental engineering, where John had served as department head for many years, as an individual, though officially retired, who still worked at the highest levels in the engineering profession. Several generations of Iowans will recall with extreme fondness and appreciation Dale Harris and Lou Landweber. These beloved friends died within days of each other this past January. Dale, mechanical shop supervisor from 1940 till 1984, always relished being a part of our Iowa family and took personal pride in the numbers of students who, as he put it, he “put through school.” Indeed, he was a very effective teacher in his own right. Lou had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for a number of years and died in the hospital of pneumonia. Fred Stern memorialized Lou at his funeral by expressing “… pain that is deep, unending, and without explanation, but somehow accompanied by simultaneous feelings of happiness, joy, and pride for having known as a close friend, surrogate father, and mentor such a man as Lou Landweber: a good man, a wise man, a gentle Jew.” We can say with little doubt that everyone who knew Lou would share in this eloquent, touching sentiment. Each of these individuals had a profound effect on the shape and direction of IIHR and on the lives and professions of the hundreds of Iowans they touched. Each expressed pride in his long association with IIHR and, on many occasions, delight in IIHR’s lasting influence in the water world. Let us now share some of the latest news of life on the Iowa River.

In thinking about the goings on in the lab since last we wrote, what seems most significant are the intense efforts, in many areas, toward the acquisition and development of unique and innovative research facilities and equipment. IIHR received two grants from the Department of Defense University Research Initiative Program (DURIP): one for construction of a high spatial- and temporal-resolution LiDAR capable of measuring the turbulence parameters of wind throughout the depth of the planetary boundary layer (an effort of Bill Eichinger) and the other for fabrication of a high-resolution rainfall observing system for support of remote sensing studies (a project headed by Witek Krajewski and Anton Kruger). Vertically pointing radar, operated jointly by IIHR and the Hydrologic Research Center in San Diego, Calif., was upgraded to have Doppler capability. Witek and Anton oversaw installation of it onto a trailer that was acquired and modified to provide a mobile platform for a 2-D distrometer and rain gauges that will enable IIHR researchers to join other weather watchers in field experiments around the country. Under supervision of Fred Stern and Joe Longo (Ph.D. ’96), installation was completed on what the Dantec Newsletter has dubbed the world’s first totally integrated, submersible towing tank PIV optics and traverse system. Larry Weber (Ph.D. ’93) and Jacob Odgaard continue in big-time, little-fish work. An open house was held in October 1996 to celebrate completion of the new research annex at Oakdale and calibration of the 1:50 hydraulic model of the forebay of Wanapum Dam that was installed there. The model covers an area of 8,000 square feet, includes a prototype section of 5,694 x 5,280 feet of the Columbia River, and is used to design innovative structures for collecting or routing fish at or near the water surface in the vicinity of the powerhouse and for calibrating and validating computational fluid dynamic models of the flow.

It is interesting to consider that some of IIHR’s research of recent years centers on topics that were studied early in the lab’s history. Take fish studies, for instance. Way back in the 1930s, the lab was working to develop optimal designs for moving fish upstream around dams and used prototype ladders installed for research at the Burlington Street Dam. Granted, the Iowa is no Columbia River, but the substance of keeping fish alive and happy is the same. This all was researched and documented by Connie Mutel in her history of IIHR, which is about ready go to press. It is being published by IIHR and will be available soon. Staff submitted entries for a title and, after considering several suggestions, including Down the Drain, Up the Creek, and Hydraulics is Not Just About Jacks, chose Flowing through Time. Watch for this title on the “best sellers” list near you. You may have caught Connie’s article in the Winter ’97 issue of UI’s alumni magazine about research efforts underway at IIHR during World War II, and enclosed with this mailing is an announcement of the availability of another publication, Iowa Heritage, in which her papers, “Water-Powered Mills in Iowa” and “Floyd Nagler’s Passion for Water Power,” appear. The latter includes photos of Nagler and his collection of turbines, which were displayed across Riverside Drive from the lab. Very interesting reading. Connie is slowly sorting through IIHR’s historical archives, so if you would like to look at them when you come, let her know.

Cooperative agreements seemed also to characterize the year. The University of Iowa and Iowa State University Colleges of Engineering have begun exchanging faculty for short-term visits. This commutation fondly is referred to as our hostage exchange. First hostage was Richard Pletcher of ISU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, who spent a week interacting with UI engineering faculty. Reciprocation was in the person of Wilf Nixon, who went to ISU to exchange intellectual curiosities. Another exchange between IIHR and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory has become tradition. Each year we exchange seminar speakers, and this year Larry Weber from IIHR and Joe Orlins from SAFL did the honors. IIHR is a partner in the National Computational Science Alliance, which is funded by the National Science Foundation’s “Partnership for an Advanced Computational Infrastructure” program to support the development of a powerful computational problem-solving environment for national-scale, multidisciplinary, collaborative work. The alliance is being coordinated by the University of Illinois, and IIHR is teamed with the University of Wisconsin to coordinate the use of high-performance computing in environmental hydrology and help adapt current water and atmosphere modeling systems to different computing environments, as well as to develop these techniques into an integrated set of tools for the environmental hydrology community. IIHR has hosted tandem visits of three students (first Hartmut Rosenberger, then Andreas Benner, now Markus Kruetten) from Kaiserslautern in Germany, to work with Tatsuaki Nakato on their diplome thesis research. Fred Stern has a grant from ONR for collaborative research on combined computational and experimental ship hydrodynamics and uncertainty analysis with INSEAN in Italy and the Danish Maritime Institute (DMI) in Denmark. A student, Claus Simonson from DMI is studying and conducting a research project at IIHR this semester as part of that exchange. And, as a result of IIHR’s cooperative agreement with Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology (DDIT), a group of ten UI, primarily IIHR, students, and one from Florida, traveled to India for the period December 30, 1997–January 18, 1998, to participate in the course “International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning,” which was developed by IIHR (primarily the effort of Subhash Jain) and DDIT, a workshop on Irrigation Schemes of Gujarat at DDIT and a series of seminars on water resources of India at University of Roorkee. The course involved extensive orientation, prior to the trip, that included lectures by experts on the culture, religion, cuisine, and history of India, with particular emphasis on Gujarat State and how historical, political, and socio-economic factors have influenced water projects and policies in that area. By all measures, including the most important—that of student evaluation—this course was a successful and valuable experience. We are planning a course for May 1999 in Japan and Taiwan, with the help of Iowans Shoji Fukuoka (Ph.D. ’71) and H.Y. Lee (Ph.D. ’84), respectively. The trip after that probably will be to China and Korea. We still need a continuing grant or foundation bequest for base funding in order to make these courses affordable for students, so if you have any ideas for this, please let us know. Also, if you would like to help in the planning of and hosting a future course in a country outside the United States, we would be most happy to hear from you.

Ana Sirviente (Ph.D. ’96), Sanjiv Sinha (Ph.D. ’96), and Ehab Meselhe (Ph.D. ’95) all left this fall for university positions (Ana and Sanjiv recently had a baby girl a few weeks ago), and Tim Johnson (Ph.D. ’97) left for a position at Boeing. They all had been temporary postdocs on the staff after receiving their degrees. We thought it would be interesting for the upcoming summer letter to include a list of recent graduates and the employment they secured. Be watching. Additions to the staff included Ching-Long Lin, with joint appointment in ME and IIHR, whose specialties are turbulence dynamics and modeling, heat transfer and thermodynamics, who came to us via Stanford University, where he received a Ph.D., and the Boundary Layer and Turbulence Group of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, where he was a visiting scientist. Eric Paterson (Ph.D. ’94) and Anton Kruger have joined the staff as assistant research scientists in ship hydrodynamics and hydrometeorology, respectively. Bob Wilson, from Old Dominion University in Virginia, joined Fred Stern’s ship hydrodynamics research team in January 1997 as a postdoctoral research associate. Advertising currently is underway for two positions in CFD and one in experimental hydraulics. It’s the end of another era. Erv Miller and Stan Stutzman retired last year: Erv in February 1997, after 35-plus years of service, and Stan in June 1997, after working for the lab since March 1961. Stan still is to be seen around the lab helping Jim Goss on a temporary basis.

No newsletter would be complete without the latest in renovations. The last phase of remodeling the Wind Tunnel Annex, which added a total of 1,700 square feetof floor space for a weather station lab and LiDAR facility, library annex area, and a computer room, recently was completed. Some of the flumes have been removed from first floor of HL to provide more space for the fluids teaching laboratory, and negotiations are underway to acquire another small building on the east side of the river adjacent to our other labs there to provide space for a modernized teaching lab. Maybe news about it will be forthcoming in the next letter, which, because this one is so late, will be out in just a few months. The Engineering Building modernization and expansion program is underway and should be completed in 2003!

As might be expected, a host of Iowans, comprising most of our staff, including Twila Meder and Judy Holland of IIHR’s office staff (who played major roles in facilitating some events of the IAHR Congress, for which Forrest Holly chaired the local organizing committee) were on hand in San Francisco in August to celebrate their Iowa heritage. Iowans from afar who were there included Ichiro Fujita (visitor 1995–96), Taizo Hayashi (visitor 1969–70), Zengnan Dong (visitor 1983–84), Radu Damian (student 1971–72), Sotoaki Onishi (student 1963–64), Toshimitsu Komatsu (visitor 1982–83,1987), J.C. Tatinclaux (Ph.D. ’69), Hung Tao Shen (Ph.D. ’74), Yoshiaki Iwasa (frequent visitor), Rene Chevray (Ph.D. ’67), Helmut Kobus (Ph.D. ’65), Fred Locher (Ph.D. ’69), Carlos Alonso (Ph.D. ’70), Jim Dooge (M.S. ’56), Ben Yen (Ph.D. ’65), Oleg Vasiliev (frequent visitor), Byungman Yoon (Ph.D. ’91), Kyung Soo Jun (Ph.D. ’91), Debi Bauer (M.S. ’96), Marty Teal (M.S. ’93), Terry Sturm (Ph.D. ’76), Claus Zimmerman (thesis research 1973), John McNown (M.S. ’37), S.K. Nanda (M.S. ’68), and Mohammad Gill (adjunct faculty 1985). A good time was had by all. Others joined the group, but did not sign the attendance list. There were 55 in all at the traditional Iowa breakfast.

It is gratifying that you read and enjoy this letter and actually miss it if you don’t receive it at the regular time. Our apologies to all for the lateness of this issue, but especially to Daniel Rueda (M.S. ’54), who sent an inquiry about it. Visit us any time via IIHR’s new and improved website ( or do it the old-fashioned way—come in the flesh. An excuse could be to attend the next American Towing Tank Conference, hosted by IIHR and held in Iowa City in September 1998. It is being organized by V.C. and Fred and will include a special session in memory of Lou Landweber. We hope to see you then.

IIHR Staff

P.S. ONE-TIME OFFER! IIHR has some extra copies of Hunter Rouse’s Hydraulics in the United States, 1776–1976. If you send us a label, we will send you a copy, free of charge. (These will be sent by surface mail unless you include US$5 for postage.) Does that sound like a deal, or what?

Other Staff News

V.C. Patel was awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Fluids Engineering Award for 1997 and delivered a special lecture at the award ceremony in June in Vancouver, B.C. Fred Stern and Eric Paterson (Ph.D. ’94) were chosen to participate in the Department of Defense’s Computational Grand Challenge Program, which permits high-priority access to the nation’s leading computing resources and requires them to make advances in scalable computing across different platforms. John Parrish resigned from the staff in June to move to California and start his own consulting company. Tracy Steurer (M.S. ’96) and Joe Longo (Ph.D. ’96) were married in Iowa City last fall. Tracy works at Shive Hattery Engineers in Iowa City and Joe is a postdoc at IIHR. Jacob Odgaard was appointed to serve as a member of the review group for the graduate programs in Civil Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where Panos Diplas (staff 1986–88) is on the staff. Jacob also was invited to give the keynote lecture at the 1997 Conference of the Korea Water Resources Association in May and in November 1996 was invited by Taiwan’s Water Resources Planning Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to lecture on sediment management. He then presented a seminar on the theory, application, and field experience of Iowa Vanes to the Taiwan Provincial Water Conservancy. And if that isn’t enough, he was Academic Guest in the Department of Civil Engineering of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in December and just returned from reviewing pilot schemes for installation of Iowa Vanes in the Meghna Estuary of Bangladesh. His appointment as editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering came to an end, but you still will use IIHR’s address for your manuscripts. Rob Ettema replaced him as editor. Witold Krajewski was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hydrology. He and Kosta Georgakakos (staff 1985–93) are co-chairs of the Fourth International Symposium on Hydrological Applications of Weather Radars, which will be held in San Diego April 5–9, 1998. Tatsuaki Nakato and Rob Ettema were among 22 engineers from around the world invited to make presentations at Hiroshima, Japan’s International Workshop on Floodplain Risk Management in November 1996. In addition, the president of the Water Resources Development Corporation in Japan invited them to make a non-partisan assessment of the future of dams in the United States before a large group of government officials. V.C. Patel gave Plenary Lectures at the Advanced Fluids Engineering Research Center Annual Meeting and the Wind Tunnel Users’ Meeting at Korea’s Pohang Institute of Science and Technology in June 1997, and Allen Bradley gave an invited talk at the National Symposium on Climate Change, Climate Variability, and Water Resources Management in October 1997. Wilf Nixon received the Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) Division of ASME International Special Achievement Award for 1997 in grateful recognition of his dedication and leadership in the administration of the OMAE Division. The award was presented at the 16th International OMAE conference in Yokohama, Japan, in April 1997. Manos Anagnostou (Ph.D. ’97) received the Outstanding Student Presentation at the 1996 Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting for his poster “Mean Field Radar-Rainfall Bias Studies for NEXRAD.” Twila Meder received a 1997 University Staff Excellence Award, and Jim Goss received a Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award. Ehab Meselhe participated in the NPACI Parallel Computing Institute in San Diego, Calif.,  in August. Wilfrid Nixon was invited to give a talk on Winter Highway Maintenance Research to the Finnish Road Administration in Helsinki, Finland, in June 1997. Ali Ansar (Ph.D. ’97) and Scott Wright (M.S. ’97), both students at the time, were among 12 finalists for the J.F. Kennedy student-paper competition at the IAHR Congress in San Francisco (Ali placed third in the competition). Cheng-Ann Tan (M.S. ’97) was one of three finalists in the Fluids Engineering Division Young Engineer Paper Contest organized by ASME and presented his work at the 1997 ASME Annual Conference in November in Dallas. Forrest Holly served on the Peer Review Board of Waterways Experiment Station. Jeff Marshall spent last summer collaborating with colleagues from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., under the ASEE/Navy summer faculty research program.

Alumni and Former Staff News

Hector Bravo (Ph.D. ’89) was promoted to associate professor with tenure at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Fangbiao Lin (Ph.D. ’96) secured a position as CFD engineer at TESMA International Inc. near Toronto, Canada. Good friend and honorary Iowan Taizo Hayashi (Visitor  ’67) died in February 1998, and Charles Izzard (’40), who had a major impact on hydraulics in highway design during his long career with U.S. Bureau of Public Roads (now the Federal Highway Administration) and was a founding member of ASCE’s Urban Water Resources Research Council, died in August 1997 at age 92. Sastry Munukutla (Ph.D. ’81) received the 1997 outstanding faculty award from the ME students of Tennessee Technological University and visited Taiwan in July 1997, where he met Iowans Paul Hsu (Ph.D. ’68) and L.H. Huang (Ph.D. ’84). The purpose of his visit was to make a presentation to the production department engineers of Taiwan Power Company. Bingnan Lin (Ph.D. ’51), chief of sedimentation panel for the Three Gorges Project in China, received the Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award from ASCE’s Water Resources Engineering Division in August 1997, for his role in developing and coordinating basic and applied research for managing large hydrographic basins in China and for opening Chinese water resources technology to his international colleagues. James Dooge (M.S. ’56) received ASCE’s Ven Te Chow Award for his pioneering concepts and theories in hydrology and his leadership in national and international hydrologic research, consultation, and education. Hung-Pin (Ben) Huang (Ph.D. ’88) is director of the Office of Military Education at National Taiwan University, where he is first professor to guiding 45 military instructors (seven colonels and 36 lieutenant-colonels). He is kept busy with this, in addition to caring for his family, which now includes three sons and one daughter. Vince Neary (Ph.D. ’95) and his wife Jessica had a baby boy, Liam, this February and said that life became a little chaotic for a while. Yuseke Tahara (Ph.D. ’92) visited twice, once in October–November 1996 (alone) and once last summer with his family (see photo of twin daughters), to continue a joint project with Fred Stern on computational fluid dynamics for ships at yaw and for discussions regarding the NSF sponsored US-JAPAN cooperative science program to develop and apply CFD to ship design. Jose Matos-Silva (Ph.D. ’86) and his family were in Chicago in October 1996 and took the opportunity to drive to Iowa City for a visit, as did M.S. Chandrashekhara (Ph.D. ’83) and his family. James Robertson (Ph.D. ’41) wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of Iowa Engineer that recounted his activities since leaving Iowa. ASME dedicated Penn State’s Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel, in which he intimately was involved with planning, as a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. (We have another connection to Penn State’s laboratory apparatus. Rob Ettema recently completed design and oversaw construction and installation there of a large flume. Our shop crew, [Stan Stutzman, Steve Laszczak, and Jeff King] received wonderful kudos from the staff at Penn State for their professionalism, skill, and efficiency. We knew they were all of that, but it’s nice to hear it from the outside.) H.T. Kim (Ph.D. ’89) took sabbatical leave from the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering of Korea’s Chungnam National University, and he and his family came in December 1996 and stayed for a year. Fotis Sotiropoulos and his wife had a son, Alexander George Choudhury Sotiropoulos, in October 1996. Richard Hajec (M.S. ’61) retired from full-time work and moved to Pawleys Island, S.C. He says the pleasure of living there at all other times makes up for the occasional trauma associated with the hurricane season. Michael Bar Shany (M.S. ’50) worked for many years for Tahal, a large Israeli international consulting firm dealing with water resources development, where he held the position of vice president for foreign operations. About 20 years ago, he went into private practice as a partner, and for the last 12 years has had his own small consulting company. S.K. Nanda (M.S. ’68) was inducted as Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers. Bill Sangster (Ph.D. ’64) was inducted into UI’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy in 1997. Helmut Kobus (Ph.D. ’65) was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, Romania. Marty Teal (M.S. ’93) and his wife had a baby girl, Rachel, in December 1997. He was promoted within his company, West Consultants, and subsequently moved to Phoenix, Ariz. Brasil P. Machado Filho (M.S. ’76) says that his professional career has centered on consulting for dam and hydroelectric works in Brazil, where more than 90 percent of electric power used is generated by hydro plants. He currently is involved in a large project in southwest Asia. We learned from his niece that Henry Maksoud (M.S. ’54) is doing well. Ya-Tai Lin (M.S. ’60) partner in Alvord, Burdick, & Howson Engineers helped host Iowa’s field trip for undergrad CEE students to Elmhurst Pumping Station near Chicago. Brian Kennedy (Jack’s younger son) and his wife Beth had a son, William Hamel Kennedy. They now live in Alexandria, Va. John Vadnal (Ph.D. ’84) now is chair of the Math Department at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga. Sangseon Ju (Ph.D. ’89) is director of the CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM Department of Daewoo Motor Company Technical Center in Korea. George Ashton (Ph.D ’71) suffered a heart attack in spring 1997, but has recovered. Zengnan Dong (visiting scholar 1983–84) visited IIHR in August in route to the IAHR Congress and presented a seminar. HongYuan Lee (Ph.D. ’84) is commissioner in charge of Taiwan’s Water Resources Department, which employs 2,000 people and has an annual budget of $1.5 billion. His job is to take care of all the water-related problems in Taiwan. Bill Morgan (M.S. ’51) was awarded the National Academy of Science’s Gibbs Brothers Medal. The award is presented for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering; he was cited specifically for “his technical leadership in improving performance, quieting, and design of advanced marine propulsion systems, and development of large modern propulsion research and testing facilities.” Kuo-Kung Shih (Ph.D. ’78) is professor and director of Information Processing Center of Tain Kang University in Taiwan. Surya Dinavahi (M.S. ’81) moved to Mississippi State University but works at Army Research Laboratory (Aberdeen Proving Grounds). Ken-ichi Hirayama (Ph.D. ’74) is new section chair and secretary of the IAHR Section on Ice Research Engineering. Jin Wu (Ph.D. ’64), who is minister of education in Taiwan, was on campus for an extended visit as Stanley Distinguished Fellow and honored guest of the Center for Asian and Pacific studies in April 1997. Of course, he and his wife Carol slipped in a visit to IIHR. V.C. met with a host of Iowans in his summer junket to the ASME meeting in Vancouver, B.C., from which he departed to arrive in Korea a couple of hours before he delivered an invited lecture at AFERC, and Taiwan. In Vancouver, he met with Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ismail Celik (Ph.D. ’80), Yu-Tai Lee (Ph.D. ’78), Bill Morgan, Kazuhiro Mori (visitor 1981–82), T.T. Huang (M.S. ’64), and Ramkumar Parthasarathy (staff 1989–93). In Korea, he saw Je-Hyun Baek (Ph.D. ’84), Wu Joan Kim (Ph.D. ’91), Do-Hyung Choi (Ph.D. ’91), Joon-Yong Yoon (Ph.D. ’93), Jae Moon Lew (visitor 1989–90), Byung Man Yoon (Ph.D. ’91), Sangseon Ju (Ph.D. ’89), and Kung Soo Jun (Ph.D. ’91). It was then on to Taiwan, where he met on different occasions with Paul Hsu (Ph.D. ’68), Whey-Fone Tsai (Ph.D. ’91), Chin-Lien Yen (Ph.D. ’67), Marko Hsu (Ph.D. ’91), Hung-Pin Huang (Ph.D. ’88), Liang-Hsiung Huang (Ph.D. ’86), Ehr-Ying Kao (M.S. ’’91), Tim Hau Lee (Ph.D. ’91), Kou-Fu Shie (M.S. ’81), Kou-Kung Shih (Ph.D. ’78), Tzoung-Shyan Wung (Ph.D. ’86), Keh-Chia Yeh (Ph.D. ’90), Chii-Jau Tang (Ph.D. ’87), Ching-Jer Huang (Ph.D. ’91), Hong-Yuan Lee (Ph.D. ’84), and C.-H. Chen (M.S. ’79). It seems that no matter in what country any of our staff land, there are hosts of Iowans on hand to extend warm greetings.

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