Graduate Students

IIHR is a research center within the University of Iowa College of Engineering. IIHR graduate students earn an MS or PhD degree in the academic department where they are accepted. Students affiliate with IIHR through their faculty advisor.

IIHR graduate students currently represent these departments:

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About Our Students

IIHR graduate students have access to IIHR’s world-renowned faculty researchers, state-of-the-art computational simulations, laboratory modeling facilities, and a vast array of field instrumentation and sensor networks. Students also benefit from emersion in multidisciplinary programs in a multicultural environment.

IIHR currently enrolls about 89 graduate students

  • 29 percent MS and 71 percent PhD
  • 57 percent men and 43 percent women

About half of IIHR’s current graduate students are international. Currently, they represent 17 countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Innovation in Fluids Education

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IIHR’s International Perspectives study-abroad course, first offered in 1997, travels to India every winter to expose participants to the multi-faceted issues surrounding water resources management in this part of the world.

Former IIHR Director V.C. Patel anticipated globalization and created the course to meet the new needs. International Perspectives attracts engineering students as well as students from many other disciplines.  The short (2–3 weeks) but intense course explores a variety of water resources projects.  Students come home with a new sensitivity and awareness of global water issues and an enhanced understanding of international processes and decisions in water management.

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IIHR faculty received an $3 million National Science Foundation grant in 2016 for an innovative new graduate program on Sustainable Water Development. This unique program gives students the opportunity to map out their own career goals, ranging from university researcher to entrepreneur, educator, or professional engineer. Whatever career path they choose, SWD graduates have the expertise they need.

Competition for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) grant was intense, but the UI’s geographic nexus of food, energy, and water made it unique. SWD’s blend of intense scientific learning and research with coursework in social issues, public health, and entrepreneurship is popular with students from many backgrounds, including chemistry, microbiology, public health, and more.

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IIHR developed and helps manage the fully hands-on Engineering Fluids Laboratory, which offers students a variety of experiments, including one designed by former IIHR Director Hunter Rouse — sometimes referred to as the “father of modern hydraulics.”