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February 2010

Talk of Iowa Features A Watershed Year

On Feb. 8, Talk of Iowa (WSUI radio) featured a discussion of the book, A Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008. Participants included Connie Mutel and Larry Weber, plus three other authors.

Watershed Year: Anatomy of the Iowa Floods of 2008
in bookstores  March 1, 2010


IIHR Students win Fellowships

Congratulations to IIHR graduate students Ken Wacha and Jeremy Bril, recipients of a GAANN Fellowship. This award includes $2,500 discretionary funds for educational expenses for each the next three years and also funds in the first year for purchase of a new laptop computer.  Ken is a PhD student working with Thanos Papanicolaou. Jeremy is a PhD student working with Craig Just.


Funding Awards and Renewals:

Fred Stern received several grants and contracts:

  • A new contract for $286,501 from the U,S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, for “Transition CFD Ship-Iowa to CREATE Ship Hydrodynamics Program.”
  • A non-competitive renewal of $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, for “CFD and Systems-Based Methods for Capsize Prediction.”
  • A new grant of $900,000 from the US Department of Defense, Department of the Navy for “6DOF Unsteady Viscous Ship Hydrodynamics.”  (With non-competitive renewals, this grant may total $2,820,903 over its three year duration.)
  • A non-competitive renewal grant award of $109,919 from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, for “High Performance Computing, CFD-Based Variable-Physics Global Optimization for High Speed Waterjet Ship Design.”
  • A new grant for $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, for “URANS Investigation of SES/ACV Deep and Shallow Water Resistance, Motions and Seakeeping using CFDShip-Iowa.”

Other new grants and contracts:

  • Tim Mattes was awarded a new EAGER grant of $125,235 from the National Science Foundation for “Perturbation of Eukaryotic Dynamics in a Biostimulated Groundwater Aquifer.”
  • Nathan Young was awarded a contract of $14,788 by the Des Moines Water Works for “River Survey Services at Des Moines Water Works Des Moines River Wells.”
  • Thanos Papanicolaou was awarded a $25,000 contract with the Cedar/Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District for “Hoover Creek Watershed NPS and Flood Reduction Project.”


Alumni News:

Alumnus Emad Habib (PhD, 2001), associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Louisiana, was awarded the 2010 Louisiana Engineering Foundation Faculty Professionalism Award. The presentation was made at the Louisiana Engineering Society’s State Honors and Awards Banquet, held in Lafayette, La., in conjunction with the 14th Annual Joint Engineering Societies Conference.

The Louisiana Engineering Foundation established this award in 1990 to recognize and honor engineering faculty members from each of the Louisiana universities with engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission ABET, the national engineering accrediting entity. Recipients are selected by vote of all eligible engineering faculty members in their college in a selection process coordinated by the dean of engineering. Selection criteria for this award stress that the winner must exhibit professionalism in and out of the classroom and provide an outstanding example to students and other faculty.

Congratulations to Dr. Habib on this honor!

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