Skip to Content


A. Jacob Odgaard

IIHR Research Engineer Jacob Odgaard.

IIHR Research Engineer Jacob Odgaard.

Current Title           

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
  • Research Engineer, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering


Seamans Center
College of Engineering
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
300 S. Riverside Drive
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242


  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Ph.D., Civil and Structural Engineering, 1970
  • M.S., Civil and Structural Engineering, 1966


  • Iowa (PE 9344)

Academic Positions              


  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1989–Present
  • Associate Dean, College of Engineering, 1992–2002
  • Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1984–89
  • Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1980–84
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor and Associate Research Scientist, 1977–1980


  • Post-doctoral Scholar, Engineering Department, 1973–74


  • Lecturer, Department of Environmental Engineering, 1969–72

Industry Positions

  • Senior Research Engineer, Environmental HydraulicsDivision, the Danish Hydraulic Institute, Horsholm, Denmark, 1974–77
  • U.N. Consultant, Instituto de Pesquisas Radioactivas, University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1972–73

Research Interests

  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • Hydraulic Modeling
  • Hydro Informatics
  • River Engineering
  • River Mechanics
  • River Meandering and Channel Stability
  • Sediment Management in Rivers using Iowa Vanes and other Structures
  • Fish Diversion Structures
  • Stormwater Management

Recent Recognitions

  • EWRI/ASCE Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
  • University of Iowa College of Engineering Award for Exceptional Service, 2009
  • TIP Award (Top Industry Practice Award with FLP Duane Arnold and Stanley Consultants), Nuclear Energy Institute, 2007
  • ASCE Hydraulic Structures Medal, 2001
  • Editor, ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 1994–98
  • Academic Guest (Visiting Professor), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), 1997
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 1989–94
  • Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award, 1992
  • ASCE Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulics Prize, 1991
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Iowa Chi Epsilon Chapter, 1990
  • British Council Scholarship for postdoctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, England, 1973

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Fellow
  • International Association for Hydraulic Research (IAHR), Member


  • Rotary International, Member of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club

Teaching Experience                   

University of Iowa:

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Project Design and Management (Capstone Course)
  • Mechanics of Fluids and Transfer Processes
  • Water Resource Design
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Principles of Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Experiments in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Courses:

  • International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning (Taiwan, Japan, China)
  • Flow in Open Channels
  • Intermediate Mechanics of Fluids
  • Coastal Hydrodynamics
  • River Control and Water Power Engineering
  • Irrigation and Drainage

Technical University of Denmark:

Graduate Courses:

  • Environmental Dispersion Processes
  • Water Chemistry

Research Experience

Principal Investigator on 70+ contracts and grants

Graduate Students Supervised to Completion

  • M.S. Theses: 15
  • Ph.D. Theses: 11


  • Book: River Training and Sediment Management with Submerged Vanes.  ASCE Press 2009.

55+ articles in rigorously reviewed journals:

  • Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
  • Journal of Hydraulic Research
  • Water Resources Research
  • Engineering Optimization
  • Hydro-Review
  • North American Journal of Fisheries Management
  • Journal of Engineering Mathematics
  • Journal of Hydroscience and Hydraulic Engineering

80+ articles in books, research monographs, and conference proceedings

70+ technical reports


  • Flow in rivers and lateral intakes (including 3-D numerical modeling)
  • Flow through and around hydraulic structures (hydraulic and numerical modeling)
  • Flow through fish bypass systems (hydraulic and numerical modeling)
  • River meandering and river channel stability
  • Sediment management in rivers, lakes and estuaries, and at water intakes
  • Stream bank erosion and protection
  • Water-quality simulations and assessments
  • Storm water management, conveyance, and storage
  • Drop structures for metropolitan sewer districts
  • Hydraulic transients
  • Hydro informatics
Last modified on September 12th, 2013
Posted on July 5th, 2013