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April / May 2012


IIHR Research Engineer A. Jacob Odgaard has been honored with the Environmental & Water Resources Institute’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.  Odgaard, who is also a professor of civil and environmental engineering, was judged to have advanced the profession, exhibited technical competence, and significantly contributed to public service, research, or practice in the environmental and water resources profession. Odgaard is also the former associate dean for research and graduate studies in the UI College of Engineering.

Odgaard’s expertise covers environmental fluid mechanics, river mechanics, hydraulic structures, and hydraulic modeling. Recent accomplishments include the design and patenting 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, he received the Hydraulic Structures Medal from ASCE in recognition of his innovations in experimental and engineering design. Odgaard previously received ASCE’s Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize, and served as editor and associate editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. He has served on numerous ASCE and EWRI committees over the years, on the Iowa Highway Research Board, and on several NSF and NCHRP panels. In 2009, he received the University of Iowa College of Engineering Award for Exceptional Service. One of his latest publications is the book River Training and Sediment Management with Submerged Vanes, published by the ASCE Press in 2009. He is a Fellow of ASCE and a registered Professional Engineer in Iowa. His consulting activities span the globe.

IIHR alumnus and Advisory Board member Eric G. Paterson will join Virginia Tech as head of its aerospace and ocean engineering department in August. Paterson is currently a senior scientist at Penn State University’s Applied Research Lab (ARL), the chief scientist of ARL’s computational mechanics division, and a professor of mechanical engineering. His primary focus areas are ship and submarine hydrodynamics, renewable energy from hydro and wind turbines, cardiovascular fluid dynamics and heart-assist devices, and explosives trace detection.


College of Engineering Faculty/Staff Recognition

Several members of the IIHR faculty and staff were honored at the annual College of Engineering Faculty/Staff Recognition Ceremony on May 8.

IIHR Research Engineer Fred Stern received the Faculty Excellence for Research Award. Stern has invested more than 30 years in developing an experimental and computational research program of international reputation in ship hydrodynamics. He pioneered complex measurement techniques, including stereo particle image velocimetry and tomographic PIV. His efforts led to the creation of the Wave Basin.

Several IIHR faculty and staff were honored for their years of service to the college and the university. Congratulations, everyone!

Five Years of Service:

  • Melissa S. Eckrich
  • Carmen Langel
  • Jianming Yang

 Ten Years of Service:

  • Troy Lyons
  • Laura Myers

Twenty-Five Years of Service:

  • Mark Wilson


Student Award Winners:

Congratulations to graduate student Ken Wacha, who was selected to receive the Archie A. Alexander Outstanding Scholarship Award! Ken is an MS student working with Thanos Papanicolaou.

Congratulations also to the IIHR students whose posters were honored at the 2012 Research Open House:

  • Timothy Schulz
  • Robert Bullard
  • Seyed Mohammad Hajimirzaie


Funding Awards and Renewals:

Pablo Carrica received supplemental funding of $139,218 from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, for his existing project, “Multiphase Flow Tools for Marine Applications.”

George Constantinescu was awarded funding of $100,488 from Genex Systems, LLC, for “Modeling Scour in Cohesive Soils and Smart Scour Countermeasures.”

Witold Krajewski was awarded funding of $40,000 from the Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) to support his role as “Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair, CUAHSI Board of Directors.”

Fred Stern was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for his project, “URANS/DES CFDShip-Iowa Investigation of WAM-V Multi-Body Fluid-Structure Interaction: Computational and Experimental Research.” If awarded in full, the total project will be funded at $450,000.

Fred Stern was awarded a new award of $240,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense for “CFD-Based System Identification for Maneuvering in Waves.”

Nandita Basu, Larry Weber, Thanos Papanicolaou, and Witold Krajewski were awarded new funding of $190,735 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for “Hydrologic Impacts of Drainage Systems.”

Michelle Scherer was awarded new funding of $41,800 from the U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, for “Stable Isotope Investigation of FE Atom Exchange in Hematite.”

Ching-Long Lin and Charles Stanier will benefit from a $7.9 million grant to the UI’s Environmental Health Sciences Research Center from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. Lin and Stanier are two of six engineering faculty researchers who are members of the center, which will, with the new funding, continue to investigate environmental health effects arising from rural and agricultural exposures, and serving as a primary environmental health resource.


 IIHR Seminars:

  • April 6th, “Probabilistic Risk Assessment in Subsurface Flow and Transport”
    Presented by: Diogo Bolster, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
  • April 13th, “Exploring Challenges of Groundwater Salinization: An International Student Project in India”
    Presented By: Participant Students in Section 11 of the India Winterim Program
  •  May 18th, “Understanding dynamic mountainous watersheds: age distributions, environmental tracers, and mathematical models.”
    Presented by:  Jesus D. Gomez, Hydrology Program, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM, USA
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