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 2015 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:

Sep. 22

Dr. Pavlos Vlachos, Professor, School of Mechnical Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University

The Heart’s Vortices

Sep. 29

WIlliam Anderson, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas

Large-eddy simulation of rough wall turbulence: effects of complex topography, evidence of inner-outer effects, and the role of turbulence in aeolian systems

Oct. 06

Alexander Densmore, Professor, Institute of Hazard, Risk, and Resilience and Department of Geography, Durham University


Oct. 13

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony and Seminar: Dr. Stephen Monismith, Obayashi Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

2013 Lorenz G. Straub Award Recipient: Esther Eke


Oct. 20

Trung Le, Postdoctoral Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Flow dynamics at a river confluence on Mississippi River: field measurement and large eddy simulation

Oct. 27

Christopher Zappa, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University


Nov. 03

Katsumi Matsumoto, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

Model investigation of Lake Superior circulation and biogeochemistry

Nov. 10

Sarah Ringerud, Research Associate, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Database Construction for GPM Constellation Precipitation Retrievals Using Core Satellite Combined Microwave Radar-Radiometer Observations

Nov. 17

Edward Silberman Award Ceremony and Seminar: Praveen Kumar, Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Award Recipients: Jon Czuba and Ashish Karn


Dec. 01

Gene-Hua Crystal Ng, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota



Past Seminars:

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

Apr. 28

Kate Brauman, Lead Scientist, Global Water Initiative, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

Water at the UMN Institute on the Environment: Research to Action for Sustainability

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. 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. 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

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?

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