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.


SAFL seminars are be held on Tuesdays, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the SAFL Auditorium. 

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Upcoming Seminars:

Apr. 17

Clara Mata, Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M

Use of Hollow Glass Spheres in Lightweight Cements

Apr. 24

Sarah Hobbie, Professor, Ecology Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

Trees, pets, and people: a watershed approach to understanding urban water quality

May. 01

Heinz G. Stefan Fellowship Award Ceremony: 

Award Winner: Jiaqi You, PhD Student in Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Keynote Speaker: Xing Fang, Arthur H. Feagin Chair Professor of Civil Engineering, Auburn University


Modeling and understanding the unsteady flow dynamics and temperature distributions in a river-reservoir system under different upstream releases and meteorological scenarios


Past Seminars:

Apr. 10

Adam Witt, Hydropower Systems Research Engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

From basins to blades: an overview of national research priorities for sustainable hydropower development and operation

Apr. 03

Filippo Coletti, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota. 

Particles and snowflakes falling through turbulence

Mar. 27

Raymond Hozalski, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo- Engineering, Jacques Finlay, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and Larry Baker, Department of Biosystem and Bioproducts Engineering, University of Minnesota

Updates on U of M stormwater studies: phosphorus and PAHs in pond sediments and a draft Stormwater Research Roadmap for Minnesota

Mar. 20

Nels Nelson Memorial Award Ceremony: 

Award Winner: Vinicius Taguchi, Masters Student in Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Keynote Speaker: Christian Frias, PhD, PE; Barr Engineering

Evaluating Mitigation Measures to Prevent Geyser Events in the City of Minneapolis Tunnel System

Mar. 13 Spring Break - No Seminar

Mar. 06

Michele Guala, SAFL Associate Director of Research, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

A stochastic description of sediment motion and rest regimes under low bedload transport

Feb. 27 No seminar

Feb. 20

Alvin Anderson Award Ceremony: 

Award Winner: Gerald Salter, PhD Student in Earth Sciences (advisor Chris Paola)


Keynote Speaker: Jeff Nittrouer, Assistant Professor in Earth, Environmental, and Engineering at Rice University


On the exceptional sediment load of the Yellow River, China, and how this science yields insights into sediment transport mechanics of fine-grained dispersal systems

Feb. 13

Shahram Missaghi, Associate Extension Professor, University of Minnesota

Lake management in a warming climate: 3D modeling of fish habitat

Feb. 06 No Seminar