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August / September 2012

Paul Dierking and Joe Fernando have joined the IIHR Advisory Board this fall.

Paul Dierking, an IIHR alumnus, works for HDR Engineering in Chicago, Ill. Joe Fernando is a professor of engineering and geoscience at the University of Notre Dame.   The full advisory board is listed at: https://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/people-2/advisory-board/

 

Honors

Faculty:

IIHR Assistant Research Engineer Gabriele Villarini traveled to Italy to receive the “Premio Evangelista Torricelli” award, which is presented every two years by the Gruppo Italiano di Idraulica (Italian Group of Hydraulics) to the best young (under 34) Italian researcher in hydraulics and hydrology. Villarini presented a lecture titled “Eventi estremi e cambiamenti climatici” (“Extreme events and climate change”). He received a certificate along with a check for 5000 euro. For more (in Italian): http://160.97.12.201/GII/Home/PremioTorricelli2012/tabid/340/language/it-IT/Default.aspx.

 

IIHR Research Engineers Charlie Stanier, Thanos Papanicolaou, and Sarah Vigmostad are highlighted in the most recent issue of the Consortium Comet newsletter.  A page-long feature on the NASA EPSCoR project highlights the work of Papanicolaou and his team.

 

Students:

IIHR PhD student Dimitrios Dermisis has written a paper that is among the most downloaded papers in the ASCE database in 2012. The paper is titled “Investigating the Role of Clasts on the Movement of Sand in Gravel Bed Rivers.”

 

Achilleas Tsakiris has been selected as a recipient of the CEE Doctoral Dissertation Year Fellowship. Achilleas in a PhD candidate working with Thanos Papanicolaou.

 

Funding Awards and Renewals:

Guangshu Zhai was awarded new funding of $237,556 from the National Science Foundation for “MRI: Acquisition of Instrumentation (LC-MS/MS) for the Trace Analysis of Anthropogenic Organic Compounds and their Metabolites in Various Complex Matrices.” Co-PIs are Jerry Schnoor, Keri Hornbuckle, Hans-Joachim Lehmler, and Larry Robertson.

 

Thanos Papanicolaou and PhD student Achilleas Tsakiris were awarded new funding of $6,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, for “Smart Sediment Clasts: RFID Particle Locating Software.”

 

Fred Stern was awarded new funding of $80,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, for “Extension and V and V CFDShip-Iowa for Deep-V Planing Hulls.”

 

Fred Stern was awarded new funding of $527,373 from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, for “Instrumented Model/Mount Measurement System for Wave Basin High-Speed Catamaran Added Resistance/Speed Loss/Inability Experiments for CFD Validation.”

 

Jesse Piotrowski, along with Nathan Young and Dan Gilles, were awarded new funding of $22,831 from Hy-Vee for “Bathymetric Mapping of the Des Moines River and Gray’s Lake.”

 

H.S. Udaykumar was awarded new funding of $101,661 as a subaward through San Diego State University for “Multi-Scale Method for Computation of Shocked, Turbulent, Particle-Laden Flow in Explosions and High-Speed Combustors.” The primary sponsor is the Department of Defense, Air Force.

 

Nathan Young, along with Jesse Piotrowski and Dan Gilles, were awarded new funding of $12,569.24 from the Iowa Department of Transportation for “Bathymetric Mapping of Scour Adjacent to the East Abutment of the Iowa Highway 175 Bridge Over the Missouri River.”

 

Andrew Craig was awarded new funding of $15,900 from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for “Laboratory Flume Design for New Mexico Tech.”

 

Anton Kruger and Witold Krajewski were awarded new funding of $80,392.50 from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration for “Expansion of a Rain Gauge and Soil Moisture Network for the Iowa Flood Studies (IFloodS).” The award will total $160,785 if funded in full.

 

Juan Ezequiel Martin and Marcela Politano were awarded new funding of $99,817 from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, for “Integrated Bubble, Sound, and Light Modeling for Modeling Fish Deterrence.”

 

Tim Mattes was awarded new funding of $68,645 from the National Science Foundation for “Collaborative Research: Stable Isotope-Based Differentiation of Vinyl Chloride Assimilators from Cometabolizers in Contaminated Groundwater.” If all three years are awarded in full, this grant will total $213,896.

 

Richard Valentine and co-PIs David Cwiertny and Tim Mattes were awarded new funding of $299,993 from the National Science Foundation for “Reaction of Carbon Nanotubes with Free Chlorine and Monochloramine Disinfectants: Byproduct Formation and Implications for Nanotube Environmental Fate and Toxicity.”

 

Thanos Papanicolaou was awarded new funding of $149,902 from the National Science Foundation for  “Collaborative Research: The Effects of Hydrodynamic and Granular Controls on Bedload Flux.”

 

Andy Craig and Marian Muste were awarded new funding of $40,018 from Florida International University for “Flume Model for Florida DOT.”

 

Nandita Basu, Eric Tate, and Craig Just were awarded new funding of $249,919 from the National Science Foundation for “CNH-EX: Monsoon Harvests: Assessing the Impact of Distributed Storage Tanks on the Vulnerability of Subsistence-Level Agriculture in Tamil Nadu, India.”

 

Nate Young and Jesse Piotrowski were awarded new funding of $3,286 from MMS Consultants for “Single-Beam Bathymetric Measurements in Support of Iowa River Flood Mitigation Designs.”

 

Pablo Carrica was awarded new funding of $27,062 from Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., for “OPC Program.”

 

IIHR Seminars:

‘Distributed Storage Modeling In Soap Creek Using HEC-HMS’.
Presented by, Matthew Wunsch, IIHR Graduate Research Assistant.

 

‘Economic Flood Risk Analysis for the Statewide Floodplain Mapping Project’.
Presented by, Ben Reith, IIHR Graduate Research Assistant.

 

“Development of a highly resolved 3D nutrient model for applications in water quality and aquatic ecosystems”
Presented by, Oscar Eduardo Hernández Murcia, IIHR Graduate Research Assistant.

 

“Flow Structure in the Wake of a Low-Aspect-Ratio Wall-Mounted Bluff Body”
Presented by, Seyed Mohammad Hajimirzaie, Graduate Research Assistant

 

 

Memorial Tribute: Enzo Macagno

Enzo O. Macagno, 98, of Iowa City, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Iowa City. He was professor emeritus at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering.

 

Dr. Macagno came to IIHR from Argentina as a fluid mechanician in 1956, during Hunter Rouse’s tenure as IIHR director. In 1967, Macagno became interested in modeling the flow of red blood cells in the bloodstream, a research project that opened the field of biomechanics at IIHR. This work pioneered IIHR’s efforts in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) a decade before the term was coined.

 

Macagno became interested in studies of the history of fluid mechanics and the life of Leonardo da Vinci in the 1960s. Along with his colleague and late wife, Matilde Macagno, Macagno became an international expert on da Vinci and published numerous articles and many IIHR monographs on the interpretation, analysis, and synthesis of da Vinci’s codices and manuscripts as they relate to fluid-flow and transport phenomena. Macagno could read and understand Leonardian script, and used IIHR’s facilities to replicate da Vinci’s experiments. Macagno worked with and interpreted the Madrid Codices, Codices Atlanticus, Forster, Arundel, and Hammer, and the Institut de France manuscripts. He also compiled da Vinci’s Libro del Acqua. Matilde Macagno’s publications include studies of flow kinematics and the representation of water in art, science, and technology. Enzo Macagno’s last da Vinci monograph was published in 2006, when he was 92. His tenure remains among the lengthiest at IIHR.

 

He is survived by a son, daughter, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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