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1999 Newsletter

Dear Iowans:

It is always difficult to stop gathering news and go to press in an organization such as IIHR with continual late-breaking news stories. But there comes a time when it just has to be done. This was a year like all years—filled with activity; filled with people who passed through and who came to stay; and filled with promises that student offices would be upgraded. Let us begin by saying that the end is in sight; the covenant has been fulfilled; peace is at hand. Use clichés at will. The Iowa Board of Regents has approved complete renovation of the Hydraulics Laboratory building and we now are in the process of selecting an architect for the job. The University and college will combine to contribute about a quarter of the cost, over four years; IIHR will contribute about a third of the cost from its own resources; and we will launch a fund-raising campaign for the rest. Meanwhile, student office space definitely has been improved, with the president of the student organization (SIIHR) being assigned private quarters. That should be enough incentive for intensive campaign for that high office.

Yes, these are exciting times to be an Iowan. Listen to this. Tatsuaki Nakato (Ph.D.’74) and V.C. Patel led an effort, through the UI Foundation, to secure funding for an IIHR-based laboratory and teaching facility (Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station or MRERS) to be located in the vicinity of Muscatine, Iowa. We received a $1,200,000 grant from Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for construction of the facility. We now are in the process of acquiring suitable riverfront property. MRERS will be the only university-based laboratory for comprehensive study of long-term effects of natural and human-made influences on river ecosystems. It will foster truly multidisciplinary research collaborations that will lead to more holistic understanding and management of rivers. Exciting times, indeed.

We follow this with the news that the senior research staff of IIHR agreed on the wisdom of establishing an advisory board to serve as a communication channel between IIHR and its external constituencies and to advise regarding opportunities and effective strategies for generating financial support of IIHR programs. The inaugural membership of the board is stellar and speaks well of what outsiders must think of us. Of 10 people asked to serve, nine agreed, with the 10th saying he would begin a term next year. The new IIHR Advisory Board includes C.J. Chen (staff ’71-92), dean of engineering at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.; Robert Delany, program manager for monitoring long-term resources of the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in Onalaska, Wis.; Jim Houston, director of the U.S. Army’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory of Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss.; Asger Kej, managing director of Danish Hydraulics Institute in Horsholm, Denmark; Donald Koch, state geologist and bureau chief of the Iowa Geological Survey in Iowa City; Bill Morgan (M.S. ’51), head of the Hydromechanics Directorate of David Taylor Model Basin in Bethesda, Md.; Bharatan Patel, president of Aavid Thermal Technologies (which owns FLUENT) in Concord, N.H.; Gregs Thomopoulos, president and CEO of Stanley Consultants, Inc. in Muscatine, Iowa; and Jin Wu (Ph.D.’64), chair of outstanding scholarship for the Institute of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. (Earlier this year, Bill and Jin returned to campus for induction into the UI College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy. Also inducted were Iowans Jim Dooge (M.S. ’56) and C.H. Yen (Ph.D. ’41), but they were unable to make the trip.) Of the 28 members now in college’s Distinguished Alumni Academy, 11 have an IIHR affiliation. So you are in good company, my fellow Iowans.

With so much going on, it was difficult to settle on a lead story. Surely among the most important news of the past year is the tremendous success of our second course on International Perspectives on Water Resources Planning, held in May and June in Taiwan and Japan. Jacob Odgaard led the Taiwan portion of the course and Tatsuaki Nakato led the Japan portion. Many Iowans in Taiwan and Japan are gratefully acknowledged for their superb efforts in organizing the course in their respective countries. The students returned with absolutely glowing accounts of and appreciation for their experiences. Thank you to Iowans C.-L. Yen (Ph.D. ’67), H.-Y. Lee (Ph.D. ’84) and Tim Hau Lee (Ph.D. ’91) in Taiwan and Shoji Fukuoka (Ph.D. ’71) and Yoshiaki Iwasa (frequent visitor) in Japan. Shoji had visited IIHR earlier in the year to finalize plans for the course and also to finalize an exchange between UI’s College of Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering at Hiroshima University. The 2000 edition of the course will feature travel to China in May and June. Jacob Odgaard again will share responsibility for leadership, this time with You-Kuan Zhang, IIHR research engineer, whose academic base is in the Department of Geoscience, and Lea Vandervelde, professor in the College of Law, whose expertise is water law. Professor Li Damei, from Wuhan University, who just departed after a three-month stay, was on campus to, among other things, assist in organizing the course. If you know of students or young professionals who might be interested in participating, please let us know. Also, have them visit our website.

IIHR continues to attract visitors from abroad who come for extended stay and interaction with researchers here. Among them this year, in addition to Li Damei, are Vladimir Kovalev, atmospheric physicist from the Research Center for Atmospheric Remote Sensing in Russia, who is here working with Bill Eichinger writing a textbook on laser radars; Nobuhisa Nagato, research associate at Kyoto University, who is here working on development of a numerical model to forecast morphological processes with bank erosion in rivers; and Bertrand Vignal, hydrometeorologist at the Swiss Meteorological Institute, who is conducting research in radar-precipitation estimation and validation methodologies, as well as in rainfall statistics, rainfall measurement, and hydrologic applications. He is collaborating with Witek Krajewski and Anton Kruger, who earlier this year dispatched IIHR’s mobile hydrometeorological laboratory to Brazil and the Atolls to collect and process rainfall data for NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission. B.Y Yoon (Ph.D. ’91) arrived in January 1999 to spend a year working with Marian Muste (Ph.D. ’95) on particle tracking velocimetry measurements in suspended sediment transport, and Ali Khelifa, from Université Laval in Québec, elected to spend a two-year period of postdoctoral training at IIHR through support of a fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Rob Ettema is supervising his efforts to learn image-velocimetry techniques in hydraulic research. This year he investigated particle-turbulence interaction in two-phase flows. (Rob is the latest in a number of IIHR researchers who have been tapped for administrative positions in the college. Rick Miller’s resignation as dean set off a chain reaction that saw Rob becoming interim chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering so that Forrest Holly could become interim associate dean of the college to replace Barry Butler, who assumed responsibilities as interim dean.) IIHR now regularly is attracting undergraduates from abroad who come for specialized research. The fourth in a line of students from Kaiserslautern in Germany, Voelker Brosaw, was at IIHR for six months conducting his diplome thesis research under Tatsuaki’s supervision; and Christiana de Cristo was here from University of Naples Federico II in Italy, and will return in January for five months, to work with Marian Muste on problems related to transport of suspended sediment. Sing Li, of Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal (student of Jose Matos-Silva (Ph.D. ’86), was in residence for a few months to work on computational simulation of flow at intakes, under a cooperative research agreement between our institutions. Other new collaborations are with NCHC in Taiwan, of which Whey-Fone (Huey) Tsai (’91) is associate director. He and a group from NCHC visited IIHR earlier this year to discuss specifics. Other short-term visits included one from Kazu Mori (visitor ’81–82), now vice president at Hiroshima University, who barely escaped a huge Iowa snowstorm in early January. He left orders for us to arrange a Hawkeyes appearance in the Rose Bowl in the near future. Some of you sports fans of the last two decades will be interested to know that Hayden Fry, Iowa’s football coach, retired at the end of last season and that a new coach, Kirk Ferenz, has taken the helm. Tom Davis also retired as basketball coach. The lab purchases season tickets for football and basketball games, so be sure to check the web for Hawkeye sports schedules before you decide when to visit Iowa so you can take in a game. Compatriots Yusuke Tahara (Ph.D. ’92) and Yasuyuki Toda (visitor ’88–90) again spent the good part of a summer at IIHR to collaborate in ship research. An Iowa City meeting of the Resistance Committee of the International Towing Tank Conference, of which Fred Stern is chair, brought Iowans Luis Perez-Rojas (M.S. ’75) and Mitsuhisa Ikehata (visitor ’83) back. Mitsuhisa says he has beautiful memories of his stay in Iowa and especially of lunch conferences involving him, Rob Ettema, Forrest Holly, Subhash Jain (Ph.D. ’74), and Allen Chwang (staff ’78–92). We understand that many of the world’s most nettlesome problems were solved at those meetings.

Biennial IAHR Congresses always are occasions for great celebration and reunion of Iowans. The summer meeting in Graz, Austria, was no exception. Forrest Holly was elected president of IAHR. Outgoing president Helmut Kobus (Ph.D. ’65) will pass the leadership baton in January 2000. All in the family, so to speak. And Marian Muste was named secretary of IAHR’s Section on Hydraulic Instrumentation. A host of our international family attended the traditional “Iowans’ Breakfast.” Suzanne Kennedy, Jack’s elder daughter, was at the conference to present the prize for the John F. Kennedy student paper competition.

IIHR continues to expand its staff in areas that seem to the unaware to be divergent fields, but to the knowledgeable are connected by some aspect of fluid flow. New personnel since last letter include Keri Hornbuckle, whose research concerns the exchange of potentially toxic and persistent organic pollutants across air/water and air/plant interfaces, and Pedro Alvarez, currently researching bioremediation of contaminated acquifers, biotransformation and transport of hazardous substances, and treatment of contaminated soil, water, and wastewater; and K.B. Chandran, whose research is in cardiovascular fluid dynamics. They all hold primary appointment in their academic department (K.B. is chair of Biomedical Engineering; the others are faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering) and joined IIHR as research engineers. Bob Wilson and Joe Longo (Ph.D. ’96), on the other hand, were hired as full-time IIHR assistant research engineers. Bob’s work is focused on developing CFD methods for unsteady, incompressible, turbulent flows and their application to naval problems; and Joe, also a ship guy, will focus his efforts on design and conduct of experiments in physical modeling, evaluation of CFD models, and development of towing tank facilities and instrumentation. Antoine Garapon, who received his Ph.D. from Ecole Centrale de Nantes in France, joined the staff as postdoctoral associate and also is involved in CFD research related to ship hydrodynamics. In addition, advertising is underway for an assistant research engineer with expertise in computational hydraulics and fluid dynamics. With all the new researchers on the staff it is logical that additions are being made to our support staff, as well. Brian Miller was hired as a systems programmer. And any self-respecting organization these days must have an in-house webmaster. IIHR is no exception. Paul Ludington joined the staff in May, primarily to develop and maintain IIHR’s website and to assist in matters related to computer graphics presentations. Wendy Durant replaced Judy Holland, who crossed the river and jumped ship to become secretary in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and now persons the front desk and office phones, so extend your greetings to her when you call. We currently are advertising for several other support positions, among them an engineer to manage the mechanical shops. Yes, Jim Goss shelved the hammer and called it quits earlier this year. Many had opportunity to express to Jim how much he had meant to IIHR and individual research programs, but nothing we did convinced him to stay. Darian DeJong, who had been on staff to help with hydraulic model studies, has filled his position on an interim basis. Timed to coincide with Jim’s departure was a review of the shop functions at IIHR and as a result of review recommendations, IIHR now is advertising for two entry-level engineers—one primarily to support research in hydrometeorology and the other to support work in experimental hydraulics and fluid mechanics. Also, while this position is not officially included in the IIHR staff roster, it certainly had an impact on the quality of life in HL. Ron the custodian has been reassigned to another building.

Connie Mutel’s book Flowing Through Time: A History of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research has received good reviews from Iowans who are familiar with the history of IIHR and from others. At the invitation of ASME’s Mechanical Engineering, Connie contributed an article about IIHR’s history. Watch for it in the January 2000 issue. In other news of an historical nature, the City of Iowa City has proclaimed the Hydraulics Laboratory Building to be a “historically significant structure worthy of the interest and pride that it receives from Iowa City and its citizens.” The proclamation is nicely framed and is hanging in the director’s office.

When you come to visit (notice that throughout the letter we mentioned your coming to visit in an effort to plant the idea subliminally) you will notice immediately IIHR’s new plasma display just inside the front door. It can be rotated and also used for lectures related to the fluids lab course. Let us know you are coming and we can greet you with electronic imagery as well as with the old-fashioned handshake. The important thing is—stay in touch and come to visit if you have the chance.

And in closing, at a staff retreat a couple of months ago, we discussed what it is about an IIHR education that distinguishes it. What would be our headline if we were to advertise? We reached some consensus on the matter, but would like your inputs. Please e-mail ( or write to us in answer to the following question:

Please also note that the alumni questionnaire will remain on the website, so use it to update us on news.

With best wishes to you,
IIHR Staff

Other Staff News:

The crème de la crème of engineering recognitions goes to Jerry Schnoor. He was elected to membership of the National Academy of Engineering, being cited for his leadership in developing, validating, and using mathematical models for global environmental decision making. In the history of the academy, four engineers from this university have been elected to membership—and all have had IIHR affiliation (Hunter Rouse, Jack Kennedy, Lou Landweber, and now Jerry). Forrest Holly and Ehab Meselhe (Ph.D. ’94) won ASCE’s Best Technical Note Award of the Water Resources Engineering Division for their paper, “Invalidity of Preissman Scheme for Transcritical Flow.” Phil Hubbard (Ph.D. ’54) published a book, A Dream Realized: The University of Iowa’s First African American Professor Tells His Story. It is a wonderful book, available from the University of Iowa Press, 100 Kuhl House, Iowa City IA 52242-1000 (or call 800-621-2736). Jeff Marshall is on faculty developmental leave this semester at Institute de Macanique des Fluides de Toulouse in, where else, Toulouse, France. S.C. Jain (Ph.D. ’74) also is on sabbatical, but he traveled beyond France, to India, for his rejuvenation. Hyun Goo Kim recently returned to Pohang University of Science & Technology in Korea after successful collaboration with V.C. Patel and Ching Lin on problems related to turbulence in stratified flows. Also departing IIHR after a long-term stay was Shigeaki Shiotani, who had been working with IIHR’s ship hydrodynamics group. He returned to the fisheries department of Nagasaki University.


Fazle Karim (Ph.D. ’81) was part of a 12-member delegation from the United States invited to participate in the U.S.-China Bilateral Sediment Workshop in Beijing in March, as was Ben Yen (Ph.D. ’65). (See photo) Fazle says he and his family are planning to visit Iowa City soon, and we look forward to that. Al Gossler (Ph.D. ’99) is working at Sandia National Laboratories in Thermal/Fluid Computational Engineering Sciences. Kenichi Hirayama (Ph.D. ’74) is dean of the College of Engineering at Iwate University in Japan. Rick Black (M.S. ’91) received a Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington in June. He has been working full-time at Boeing since leaving IIHR. He and his wife Teresa have two children, Amelia (age 5-½) and Noah (age 2-½). Congratulations, Rick. Congratulations, also, to Marc Serre (M.S. ’92) who received a Ph.D. in July from University of North Carolina (UNC). On an international note, Marc, from France, married Chitra Parameswar, from India. They will live in Egypt, where Chitra is working on the master water plan for the City of Alexandria, and Marc will work as a postdoc for UNC, commuting to the United States. I hope Air Egypt has a frequent flier plan. Fred Ogden (staff ’92–95) received ASCE’s Collingwood Prize for a paper based on work done at IIHR. And Fotis Sotiropoulos (staff ’91–95) received an NSF CAREER Award for numerical modeling of bridge scour. More on the award note, Sastry Munukutla (Ph.D. ’81), previous recipient of Tennessee Tech’s Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award, was given that university’s Faculty Research Award for his body of contributions to the power industry. Last year was eventful for Chuck Brockway (Ph.D. ’95). He took the Idaho P.E. exam and passed, and he and his wife had a son—purportedly the most perfect boy ever born—in January 1998. The name is Collin Edward. Chuck also said that not a day passes that he does not appreciate the top-notch graduate education he received at IIHR. Matahel Ansar (M.S. ’97) moved from Arizona, which vaunts a Palm Springs of its own, to Palm Springs, Fla. He is staff engineer at the South Florida Water Management District and develops equations for calibrating models of flow through a number of hydraulic structures in the district—more than 300 structures in number, as a matter of fact. Bill Walker (M.S. ’96) has, since May, including three months of training in Denmark, been working for DHI, Inc., DHI’s wholly owned subsidiary in the United States. He lives in the Philadelphia area. Michael Thorn (M.S. ’67) says he remembers Iowa with great affection and appreciation, but though he gets to the USA fairly frequently, he hasn’t made it back to Iowa. We can understand why he hasn’t had time to visit us, though. He has been busy in international circles with research related to engineering projects in rivers, estuaries, ports, and inshore waters in his work with HR Wallingford Group Ltd. in the U.K. In addition, he has been U.K. Government’s chief delegate to the International Navigation Association and project director for ICE/U.K. Government study of “Technology for Civil Engineering Exports,” published September 1998. Alin Carsteanu (student ’91–93) is postdoctoral fellow at the Institute National de Recherchie Scientifique in Quebec. Brad Hagen (M.S. ’95) is project civil engineer at Wright Water Engineers, Inc. of Denver, Colo. It was good to hear from P.V. Rao (Ph.D. ’64) who was awarded the Dr. Joi Krishna Gold Medal by the Institution of Engineers in India for a paper on earthquake hydrodynamic forces on spillway dams with sloping UIS Faces. Cheng-Ann Tan (M.S. ’97) is engineer at Kvaerner R.J. Brown in Singapore. Jost Grimm-Strele (Ph.D.), sent greetings admonishing us to have a good time. We try, Jost, but if Tatsuaki’s accounts of after-hour student activity at HL during your student years is any indicator, I think you’ll have to come show us what a good time is. Angel Menendez (Ph.D. ’83) is head of the Computational Hydraulics Program at the National Institute of Water and Environment in Argentina, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at National University of Buenos Aires and other universities. He received the Ing. Luis A. Huergo Award from the National Academy of Engineering in Argentina in recognition of one of his papers. Marcello Merino (M.S. ’78) is principal engineer for The North American Coal Corporation in Dallas. Though Joel Walter’s (Ph.D. ’97) children hardly remember Iowa, their parents sorely miss it. Joel, through his position with Sverdrup Technology, Inc., is project manager for design and construction of a full-scale aero-acoustic wind tunnel for Chrysler Corporation. (Joel says that wind tunnels now must have acoustic capability as well as aerodynamic efficiency.) When finished, it will be the quietest in the world. Jack Cassidy (Ph.D. ’64) has been a private consultant working on dams in Colombia, Argentina, India, and the United States since his retirement from Bechtel in 1995. So Jack didn’t retire from working—only from working at Bechtel. Henry Maksoud (M.S. ’54) brought us up to date on his career and sent us a stunning brochure highlighting Hidroservice Ltd., one of the principal engineering firms in Brazil, of which he is founder, president, and CEO. He also founded and is president of H.M. Hoteis e Turismo S.A., the hotel company of the Maksoud Group that built and operates Maksoud Plaza in Sao Paulo, and is a founding member of Brazil’s National Academy of Engineering. These are only the highlights. Congratulations, Henry, from your proud family of Iowans on an outstanding career. Jose O. de Abeu Lima (M.S. ’51) retired as full professor from Federal University of Rio G. do Sul in Brasil. Brady Fuller (M.S. ’96) sent us a new home address, saying he still lives the nomadic lifestyle of a college-aged person, though he is in the work force, with CH2M Hill in Oregon. Ellis Picket (M.S. ’50) sent us much personal information and said that his career in engineering hydraulics was a very enjoyable and satisfying one. Sikandar Hayat (M.S. ’65) is technical manager of MM Pakistan Ltd. and says his son and daughter both are medical doctors. The influence that IIHR has on students and visitors takes many forms. One of the influences on Otto Haszpra (visitor ’68–69) is that he returned to Hungary and learned Spanish because of the number of students then here from Spanish-speaking countries. Jonathan Hinwood (Ph.D. ’65) says his research interest over the years has centered on varied aspects of offshore engineering and that he has happy memories of times at Iowa and of staff. Because of his personal interest in the ocean environment, Beom-Soo Hyun (Ph.D. ’90), professor at Korea Maritime University’s Department of Naval Architecture, co-founded the Korean Society for Marine Environmental Engineering. Sedat Sami (Ph.D. ’66) sent kind words about his appreciation for the newsletters. Thanks. Our pleasure. Gert Aron (M.S. ’60) left hydrology to the younger generation and since retiring from Penn State has built footbridges for hiking trails, worked with Habitat for Humanity, formed a Sinkhole Watch Committee (to keep sinkholes in area limestone clean), and joined the Prism Society. Though his research has diverged from main interests of IIHR, Doug Baines (Ph.D. ’50) says he can always find something of interest and use in the work at IIHR. Sungyul Yoo (Ph.D. ’86), president of Soft-Tech International, Inc., visited IIHR earlier this year. Dharmvir Krishan Bhatnagar (M.S. ’84) brought us up to date on his family. His son received B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and, following her graduation from Iowa State in 1995 (B.S. in ceramic engineering), his daughter went to Nepal for two years to serve in the Peace Corps. It was good to hear from Mary Mullusky (M.S. ’93) who, after leaving Iowa, worked as an engineer for the Potomac River Basin, and now is pursuing a Ph.D. at Georgia Tech. Rosa Lee (Ph.D. ’78) is mechanical engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock. Saad Ali Mohammad last year was welcomed to the family by his sister and parents Azra and Ejaz Mohammad (M.S. ’94) (Saad Ali now is 1-½ years old). Ejaz is project engineer for WEST Consultants, Inc. in San Diego. George Constantinescu (Ph.D. ’97) also was lured to the Sunshine State, but further north. He left Arizona State University to join the staff of the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University. Great news. Others adding to the world’s population were Sue and Ehab Meselhe with the birth of their son, Mostafa. Brian Barkdoll (Ph.D. ’97) won ASCE’s 1998 Daniel W. Mead Contest for Younger Members, and his prize-winning essay was published in the November 1998 issue of Civil Engineering. Achieving the rank of full professor at Kitami Institute of Technology was Hiroyuki Haniu (Ph.D. ’79). George Ashton (Ph.D. ’71) retired from CRREL. Victor Chang (M.S. ’57) died in Mount Prospect, Ill., and Ed Overgaard (M.S. ’53) died in June 1998. We were relieved to hear from Marko Hsu (Ph.D. ’91), who lives in the central part of Taiwan, where the recent earthquake caused most damage, that he and his family are well. He was part of a team assembled to investigate the devastation. Shin-Hyung Rhee (Ph.D. ’99) departed the postdoctoral staff of IIHR to become STA Fellow at the Ship Performance Division of the Ship Research Institute of Japan’s Ministry of Transport and sent the happy news that his wife and he had a baby daughter, Kyoung Jin (which means “shining gem”), in October.

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