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2000 Newsletter

Dear Iowans:

A very busy summer has passed and a new fall semester is well underway. The above graphic is among the finalists for an IIHR logo. What do you think? Many exciting things have happened since our missive of just last March. Most of the excitement was over the success of the Fourth International Conference on Hydroinformatics, which IIHR hosted and which Jacob Odgaard, Larry Weber (Ph.D. ’93), Witek Krajewski, Tatsuaki Nakato (Ph.D. ’74), Anton Kruger, Marlene Janssen, Twila Meder, and Mark Wilson organized and staged, with the help of scores of other staff and students. Many of you were among the 320 attendees from the 42 countries represented. Kosta Georgakakos (Staff  ’85–94) was one of the keynote speakers. A highlight of the event for us was the banquet at which Helmut Kobus (Ph.D. ’65) was presented a plaque commemorating his induction into the UI College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Academy. The photos at the end of the letter include images of many happy Iowans who came together for exchange (technical and otherwise) and celebration.

At each family gathering, we learn interesting things about our alumni, who apparently weren’t focused entirely on their research and study while they were here. The story of yesteryear that wins the prize on this occasion (the prize is having it repeated in the newsletter) is that Shie-Yui Liong (Ph.D. ’77), who is on the faculty of University of Singapore, talked Tatsuaki Nakato into taking tap-dance lessons with him. While all their friends were sleeping in, they got up early every Saturday morning to trudge to the dance studio. They ordered tap shoes and canes.  However, before the shoes came, Tatsuaki gave up, because he couldn’t learn to shuffle sideways. The laughter that came in the telling and the hearing of that story and its asides was something to experience. Unfortunately, we couldn’t talk them into performing a “shuffle-step-shuffle” for us. If we had given prizes for the individual who brought the most people to the conference, it would have gone to Shoji Fukuoka (Ph.D. ’71) of the Civil Engineering faculty at Hiroshima University, who made it possible for FIVE of his students to come both for the professional experience and so they could visit his alma mater and experience first-hand part of the reason he recalls IIHR with such fondness. Shoji should be very proud. That was a wonderful group of promising young men.

The March letter had news of our grant from Carver Trust to build a Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station. Now the update. The university and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources agreed that MRERS can be constructed on land where one of its fish hatcheries is located, just upstream (east in this case) of Muscatine, Iowa, in Fairport. It will be on the precise spot where a federal environmental laboratory, which later burned, was dedicated in 1914, so there is historical significance for our locating there. Stanley Consultants, Inc. has drawn plans for the building and excitement rises at IIHR daily about what this expansion to the natural laboratory of the mighty Mississippi means to us and to environmental research in general. We are aiming for groundbreaking later this year and completing the building by late next summer.

And an update on renovating HL, itself. Plans are completed and have received all necessary approvals for construction drawings to be made and bids to be let. If all goes smoothly, remodeling should begin in January. In order to complete the project as quickly as possible, the entire IIHR staff (except Mark Wilson, who wants to share the basement with the SGI Computer and Joe Longo (Ph.D. ’96), who will take up quarters in the sub-basement with his beloved towing tank) will move just across the river to a building on the corner of Madison and Burlington Streets. To identify the location for you more recent graduates, the building is diagonally across the intersection from the Lindquist Center for Measurement where the UI Computer Center is located. To help you old-timers, the building originally housed the Brady Grocery Store, which is diagonal from the corner where Dunlap Motors once sold and serviced Oldsmobiles. Now that goes back a few years. But then, so do a few of us. Plans call for tuck-pointing HL’s exterior, as needed, window replacement, and complete renovation of first through fifth floors. Additionally, an attractive new entrance will be constructed at the north end of the lab (above the towing tank) and administrative offices will move to first floor. If you plan other than virtual visits to IIHR in 2001, be sure to let us know so we can help you navigate! When our projects of construction and renovation get underway, we will be posting graphic updates on our website so you can share in our excitement.

We have staff and student recognitions aplenty to share with you this year.You know already that Forrest Holly was elected as president of IAHR for a term beginning last January.  What perhaps you didn’t know is that he received the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture Award, which called for his presenting the award lecture at ASCE’s annual Joint Water Resources Engineering and Planning and Management Conference held in Minneapolis in August. Other Iowans who have received this recognition, first awarded in 1980, are Jack Kennedy (director 1966-91) in 1981; Maury Albertson (Ph.D. ’48) in 1987; Jack Cassidy (Ph.D. ’64) in 1988; and Ben Yen (Ph.D. ’65) in 1999. Rex Elder (Honorary Iowan) received it in 1984. Forrest also was named to the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveyor’s Examining Board and appointed chair of the Editorial Task Force for Hydrology for the World Meteorological Organization’s “Guidelines for the Education and Training of Personnel in Meteorology and Operational Hydrology,” which will result in a report to WMO in June 2001. Busy guy. We are glad that he gave up his duties as associate dean and now is teaching and researching full time—sort of. Fred Stern was elected to the grade of Fellow in ASME. He was cited for his international leadership in developing computational ship hydrodynamics through innovative methods in which complementary experimental and numerical investigations are employed simultaneously to develop verified and validated software suitable for design applications. Connie Mutel received the State Board of Regents’ Staff Excellence Award for 2000 for the many ways she has engaged the public to think about, appreciate, preserve, and restore their precious and irreplaceable historic and natural resources. Of special significance was her book, Flowing through Time: A History of the IIHR. Just after that award was conferred, Connie received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for publishing and promoting Iowa’s environmental and scientific history. Krishnan Chandran was appointed Lowell G. Battershell Chair in Biomedical Engineering at UI and Jeff Marshall was named associate editor for the Journal of Fluids Engineering. Bill Eichinger received Engineering’s Collegiate Teaching Award this year, and his M.S.student, Reneé Van’t Land, was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Jennifer Holman-Dodds, Ph.D. student of Allen Bradley, won a prestigious EPA Star Fellowship. Witek Krajewski’s student, Emad Habib, received the AGU Hydrology Section’s Outstanding Student Paper Award for a paper he presented at the 2000 Spring Meeting.

Not only are students and staff receiving recognition—our building is getting into the act, too. The historic Hydraulics Laboratory Building has been designated an American Waterworks Landmark because of the significance of IIHR’s ongoing research, which has benefited society and influenced the ways we use and conserve water. We will receive a plaque suitable for display some time next year.

Subhash Jain’s (Ph.D. ’70) new book, Open Channel Flow, recently was published and now is available from John Wylie & Sons, Inc. We soon will be announcing on our website the availability of the computer software program IALLUVIAL2, successor to IALLUVIAL, which was developed by Jack Kennedy and Fazle Karim (Ph.D. ’81). Karim has made enhancements to the original program, which is a quasi-steady, one-dimensional water and sediment routing model for short- or long-term simulation of water surface and bed evolution of alluvial channels, and he has found it to be a useful tool. He will donate all proceeds from its sale to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship Fund.

Rick Miller, former UI College of Engineering dean, now president of Olin College of Engineering, agreed to serve on IIHR’s Advisory Board, which is chaired by C.J. Chen (staff  ’71–92). S.K. Nanda (M.S. ’68) has begun a stint as member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board.

No letter of recent vintage would be complete without a report on the recent and upcoming IIHR-developed course, “International Perspectives on Water Resources Planning,” which focuses each year on a different country or area of the world for in-depth study and travel to learn first-hand of factors that affect water resources projects and policies there. The last course was on China with focus on the Three Gorges Project. Students and young professionals from Iowa, Colorado State, Florida State, Cornell, Illinois, and Stüttgart universities participated in the course, led by IIHR staff Jacob Odgaard and You-Kuan Zhang, and Lea Van Der Velde of the UI College of Law. The 2001 trip will involve study of and travel to Eastern Europe, focusing on Romania, Hungary, and Poland. Marian Muste (Ph.D. ’95) and Witek Krajewski will lead the course with involvement of Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary, Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, and Technical University of Civil Engineering (TUCE) Bucharest in Romania. Constantin Iamandi (visitor ‘67–68) of TUCE was at IIHR for several days earlier this year to plan details of the Romanian portion of the course. We have begun making contacts and preliminary plans for a 2002 trip to South America (Brazil, Argentina, and/or Chile). If alumni from those countries are able and interested in helping out in any way, let us know.

We seem never to fail in these newsletters to comment on Iowa’s weather, but since installation of IIHR’s webcam, there is no need to mention it.  You now can view and read of current climatological conditions in Iowa City on our website. Check it out at <>. While you are visiting the site to check the weather, be sure to complete the Alumni Biographical Information Form that is available there. We want to keep your file here current, and you know we always enjoy hearing from you.


Other Staff News

We have had many visiting researchers throughout the year who came to work on various projects with IIHR staff. Markus Pahlow from Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins worked with Vladimir Kovalev, visitor from Russia, and Bill Eichinger on LiDAR improvements and data-inversion methods. Bertrand Vignal continued his stay for one additional year, and compatriot Jean Dominique Creutin, hydrologist and director of Research at the French National Research Centre in Grenoble, just arrived to work for a year with Witek Krajewski to develop new techniques to measure river discharge using remote sensing and computational methods. Benedetta Rocco, environment and land-protection engineer at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, came at our invitation to help with an influx of research involving computational hydraulics. Claus Simonsen, naval architect at Danish Maritime Institute returned, as part of IIHR’s collaborative research program with DMI, to work with Eric Paterson (Ph.D. ’94) and Fred Stern on computational ship hydrodynamics.

The “interim” has been removed from Rob Ettema’s title. In addition to being research engineer at IIHR and editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, he now is chair of UI’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. And Wilf Nixon was appointed interim chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering. Antoine Garapon’s postdoctoral appointment ended so he returned to France, and Lichuan Gui recently left IIHR to accept a postdoctoral position with Purdue University. Ron Schneider of the shop staff retired in the spring, and Darian DeJong became permanent manager of the mechanical shops following service in that position on an interim basis. Pete Haug (M.S. ’00) was hired as an engineer to help coordinate IIHR’s several hydraulics models (Darian’s old job). The name of a recent staff addition has a familiar ring to it. Jim Goss (the younger—Jim the elder’s son) was hired in the shop as an ERD welder. Paul Ludington, IIHR webmaster, resigned to seek his fortunes in California. Visitor Nobuhisa Nagata returned to Kyoto University after a year at IIHR.

IIHR continues to attract non-degree students who come through various means of support for study and research here. Christiana di Cristo returned to University of Naples Federico II after working with Marian Muste on problems related to sediment transport. The six-month research visits of Jens Moedinger and Simone Stumpp overlapped by one month a year-long stay by compatriot and fellow Stüttgart student Hartmut Eichel, who was here through support of a Fulbright Fellowship. All three worked with Larry Weber on some phase of his work that combines physical and numerical modeling for solution of various problems related to salmon survival near power plants on the Columbia River.  Another Fulbright Fellow, Tamas Kramer, recently arrived from Hungary’s Budapest University of Technology and Economics for a nine-month stay. He will work with Misha Spasojevic (Ph.D. ’88), who recently was hired as a permanent assistant research scientist, and Forrest Holly, on research in computational hydraulics. G. Ruiz-Aguilar and J. Fernandez-Sanchez, students at Cinvestan-IPN in Mexico, were here over the summer working with Pedro Alvarez on bioremediation research. Shongheng Li, student of Jose Matos-Silva (Ph.D. ’86) at Istituto Superior Tecnico in Portugal, returned to work with V.C. Patel and Yong Lai on application and refinement of a computational model that simulates the physics of flow through pump intakes, and with Larry Weber on applications of the U2RANS CFD code that was developed by Yong.


Other Alumni News

After a long and stellar career, Bill Morgan (M.S. ’51) is retiring as head of the Hydromechanics Directorate of David Taylor Model Basin. That is the end of an era. We are glad he continues to serve on the IIHR Advisory Board so we will have occasion to see him. Jin Wu (Ph.D. ’64) was named a UI Distinguished Alumnus. He returned to Iowa for alumni weekend festivities in June. The event was made even more special for us because Henry Ho (Ph.D. ’64), Jin’s classmate and friend, now with Geotech Ltd. in Hong Kong, chose that very weekend to visit Iowa for the first time since graduating. We had a great reunion. Jack Glover (Ph.D. ’65) moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., from the Silicon Valley intending to continue working for Hewlett Packard.  Instead, he retired with a word (actually, two words) of advice to anyone considering retirement: “DON’T WAIT!!!” Emmet Laursen (Ph.D. ’58), professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, was named Honorary Member of ASCE. Sastry Munukutla (Ph.D. ’81) was appointed director of the Center for Electric Power at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn. He also recently was elected to the grade of Fellow in ASME. Jung-Eun Choi (Ph.D. ’93) and a colleague from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea were here for two weeks during which they worked with Eric Paterson to learn intricacies of the CFDSHIP-IOWA code, which Hyundai purchased. Manju and V.C. Patel traveled to Turkey in July and were hosted there by the brothers Uzuner (Secil (Ph.D. ’74) and Selcuk (M.S. ’75). The Uzuners are partners in one of Turkey’s largest construction companies. Selcuk’s son is enrolled as a freshman at UI this fall, so his father was in Iowa City with him during orientation week in August. V.C. is his academic advisor. We all enjoyed Selcuk’s visit and the candy he brought for us. Veera Rajendran (Ph.D. ’98) took a position as senior research engineer working on heat transfer and aerodynamics projects related to gas turbines at GE Corporate Research and Development in Schenectady, N.Y., and Brady Fuller (M.S. ’96) is active with international projects in his work with CH2M Hill.  Jie Cui (Ph.D. ’00) is postdoctoral research associate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Manos Anagnostou (Ph.D. ’96), assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, returned for a brief visit to launch the field portion of an NSF-sponsored research project on which he, Witek Krajewski, and Anton Kruger are principal investigators. It involves use of X-band polarimetric radar equipment, which Manos helped to design and develop, loaned to us by the National Observatory of Athens, for experiments that should lead to improvements in radar-rainfall estimations. Other Iowans returning this year included Bruce Melville (Visitor ’92-93), University of Auckland in New Zealand, Panos Diplas (staff  ’86–88), Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, and Matahel Ansar (Ph.D. ’97). Matahel works for the South Florida Water Management District and is heavily involved in the massive effort to restore the Florida Everglades, as is John Vadnal (Ph.D. ’84) through responsibilities of his new position with the Jacksonville (Florida) District Corps of Engineers. Ted Albrecht (M.S. ’56), now retired and a consulting hydraulic engineer, sent us a summary of his engineering accomplishments, which spanned several decades with various districts of the Corps of Engineers. His career involved one dam project after another—80 of them to be exact—among which were spattered various other river studies. Quite impressive. Among new earthlings this year are Nicole Marie, born to Cheryl and Todd Frisbie (M.S. ’94); Emmanuel Stephen, fourth child of Sharon and Brian Barkdoll (Ph.D. ’97); and Amina, new sister of Mostafa and daughter of Sue and Ehab Meselhe (Ph.D. ’94). Ehab has had a big year. He won the 1999–00 Chi-Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award for the Southern District (Brian Barkdoll of the University of Mississippi won the same award for 1998–99 in the Southwest District) and he received a research endowed professorship in Civil Engineering at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. If that weren’t enough, he got his Louisiana PE License.

We are saddened to inform you of the death of Bill Sangster (Ph.D. ’64) due to complications of diabetes in August of this year. Memorial contributions can be made to the William McCoy Sangster Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund at Georgia Tech Foundation, 177 North Ave NW, Atlanta Ga. 30332.

Several Iowans who came to Hydroinformatics 2000 or the related Iowans’ picnic in July but who have not been mentioned in the letter or whose photographs are not included in the following pages included: Scott Hagan (non-degree student), Blair Greimann (Ph.D. ’98), Marko Hsu (Ph.D. ’91), Jason Sperfslage (non-degree student), Toshimitsu Komatsu (visitor ’82–83; ’87), Yoshiaki Iwasa (Honorary Iowan), and Wen-Tsua Fang (Ph.D. ’94).

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