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January 2014

With Sorrow: IIHR Alumnus Lin Bingnan

Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Lin Bingnan (MS 1947, PhD 1951) died on Jan. 3 in Beijing, China, at the age of 94. The International Sediment Initiative has reported that funeral services for him were held Jan. 9, 2014, in Beijing.

Bingnan came to the University of Iowa and IIHR after being selected by his government in national competition for advanced study in the United States. He went on to become a renowned researcher on hydraulics and river dynamics, and was one of the pioneers and the founders of the disciplines of hydraulics in China. Bingnan was also one of the founders of the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation, under the auspices of UNESCO and the World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research.

Among Bingnan’s many roles, he served as chief of the Sedimentation Panel for the Office of Three Gorges Engineering Commission, China State Council; president emeritus of China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR); chair of the Advisory Council for the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES); chair of APD-IAHR; and was a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).


Funding News:

Pablo Carrica and Ezequiel Martin were awarded new funding of $88,840 from the Iowa Energy Center for “Realistic Simulation of a Wind Farm Unit for Energy Production Optimization.”

Larry Weber and Nate Young have a new contract for $500,000 with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for “Iowa Geological Survey Services through IIHR.” This is a five-year contract totaling about $1M per year for IIHR to take on some services of the Iowa Geological Survey.

David Cwiertny was awarded new funding of $226,181 from the USDA (through the University of Nevada) for “Water-Quality Implications of Unique Transformation Processes of Trenbolone Steroids used as Agricultural Pharmaceuticals.”

Ibrahim Demir was awarded new travel funding of $1,350 from the University of Northern Iowa for “EPSCOR: Travel to the Scientific Visualization Studio at Goddard Space Flight Center.”

Troy Lyons, Jacob Odgaard, and Andy Craig were awarded supplemental funding of $14,917 from CH2M Hill for “Physical Model Studies for Thames Tunnel in London.”

Fred Stern was awarded competitive renewal funding of $150,000 from the Department of Defense (subaward through the University of Michigan) for “Local-Flow Measurements for Free-Running/Captive Model Maneuvers in IIHR Wave Basin/Towing Tank with Integrated CFD.”

Pablo Carrica and Alejandro Castro were awarded new funding of $60,000  from the U.S. Office of Naval Research for “Modeling Bubble Entrainment for CFD Computations of the Near-Field of Bubbly Wakes.”



IIHR Seminar:

January 24th “Hydro-Morphological Analysis of River Reaches by Means of Advanced Field Measurements and Numerical Modelling” Presented by: Sándor Baranya, Assistant Professor,  Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Visiting Research Scholar, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering

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