View of the SAFL building from the river

During the academic year, SAFL hosts weekly seminars on various topics related to environmental, geophysical and biological fluid mechanics and engineering featuring presenters from academia, government agencies and industry. These seminars are free and open to the public. Join us to learn about the latest research advancements and network with contacts in the field.


Launching in the spring 2014 semester, SAFL seminars will be held on Tuesdays, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the SAFL Auditorium. 


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Upcoming Seminars:

Mar. 31

Raymond Shaw, Professor, Department of Physics, Director, Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. Program, Michigan Technical University   

How do Clouds Respond to Turbulent Mixing and Entrainment?

Apr. 07

Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillón, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo- Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota  

Computational Studies of Confined and Interfacial Aqueous Systems

Apr. 14

Kelly MacGregor, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geology, Macalaster College 

Deglacial Geomorphic and Environmental History of Eastern Glacier National Park, Montana: Role of Sediment Transport and Deposition

Apr. 21

Barr Engineering Lecture: Said Elghobashi, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California, Irvine 

How do Dispersed Inertial Particles Modify Turbulent Flows?

Apr. 28

Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Antonello Provenzale, Research Director, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies, National Research Council, Torino, Italy


May. 05

Giacomo Valerio Iungo, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Dallas

Smart Sensing of Wind Turbine Wakes and Data-Driven Algorithms for Maximization of Wind Power Harvesting


Past Seminars:

Mar. 24

Alvin G. Anderson Award Ceremony: Jonathan Czuba, Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Emergent Behavior of Landscapes Arising from Small-Scale Interactions: A Network-Based Framework for Modeling and Decision Making

Mar. 10

Arno Mayrhofer, Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria 

Simulation of Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flows Using the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Meshless Method

Mar. 03

Ciaran Harman, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University 

Transit Time Distributions in a Changing World: New Theory for Understanding and Modeling Hydrologic Transport Under Non-Stationarity

Feb. 24

Joseph Magner, Research Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota 

Watershed Management in the Eastern Himalayas

Feb. 17

Joseph Nichols, Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota  

Computational Aeroacoustics of Turbulent Flows in Complex Geometries

Feb. 10

Cari Dutcher, Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Tuning Complex Fluids for Environmental and Energy-Saving Applications: Exploring Aerosols, Flocculates, and Spheres

Feb. 03

Paul Morin, Director, Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota 

What do we do with Nearly Unlimited Global Sub-meter Imagery? Applying the NGA Commercial Imagery Program to Polar Science

Jan. 27

Tom Evers, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Re-envisioning the Minneapolis Riverfront

Dec. 09

Joe Knight, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

Land Classification using Image Objects and Lidar

Dec. 02

Jiarong Hong, Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Implementing Holographic Microscopy for Studying Turbulence above Biological and Geological Surfaces