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Villarini Receives Two Honors

Posted on September 19th, 2012
IIHR Assistant Research Engineer Gabriele Villarini.

IIHR Assistant Research Engineer Gabriele Villarini.

IIHR Assistant Research Engineer Gabriele Villarini recently received two honors.

Villarini was the recipient of the Premio Evangelista Torricelli, a prestigious Italian award presented by the Gruppo Italiano di Idraulica (Italian Group of Hydraulics). The award presentation on Sept. 10 in Brescia, Italy, was part of the XXXIII Conference of Hydraulics and Hydraulic Engineering. The Premio Evangelista Torricelli is presented every two years and goes to the best young Italian researcher (under age 34) working in hydraulics and hydrology.

Villarini, who is also an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, presented a lecture following the awards ceremony, titled “Extreme Events and Climate Change.” The award also included a check for 5,000 euro.

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has chosen Villarini to receive the “Hydrological Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award.” The award ceremony will take place at the next EGU conference in Vienna next April.

Villarini says he is delighted by these honors. “It’s nice to be recognized by European scientists and professors.”

Villarini’s research focuses on hydrometeorology, climatology, extreme events, climate change, and more. He earned a PhD at the University of Iowa in 2008, working with IIHR Research Engineer Witold Krajewski. He returned to rejoin IIHR as a faculty researcher earlier this year after several years at Princeton University as a Willis Research Network Fellow.

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