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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:

Past Seminars:

Mar. 21

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony Distinguished Speaker: Fazle Hussain, Cullen Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston


Lorenz G. Straub Award Recipient: Mariano Ignacio Cantero, Ph.D., Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Técnicas, Instituto Balseiro, Río Negro, Argentina, for his 2007 Ph.D. dissertation, "Modeling and Large Scale Simulations of the Thermohaline and Particulate Density Currents" from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


The Looming Crisis in Air Traffic Capacity – Can Vortex Dynamics Help?

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Feb. 29

Laurel G. Larsen, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Connect-the-Dots for 21st Century Science: What Structural, Functional and Process Connectivity in a “Unique” Landscape Can Reveal About Global Environmental Dynamics

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Feb. 22

Trisha Moore, Post-Doctoral Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Ecosystem Services and Stormwater Treatment Systems: The Case of Stormwater Ponds and Wetlands

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Feb. 15

Xiaolei Yang, Post-Doctoral Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

LES Study of Turbine Placement in Wind Farms Using Actuator Disk/Line Model

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Feb. 08

Anvar Gilmanov, Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI): Method, Applications

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Feb. 01

Dimitrios Mitsotakis, Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota

On the Use of the Finite-Fault Solution for Tsunami Generation Problems

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Jan. 25

Ray Hozalski, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

Bioretention Cells: A Sustainable Solution for Stormwater Pollution?

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Jan. 23

Dan Fay, Director, Earth, Energy, and Environment, Microsoft External Research Yan Xu, Senior Research Program Manager, Microsoft Research

NOTE: This special seminar will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, in the SAFL Auditorium.

Open Data for Open Science - The Microsoft Environmental Informatics Framework (EIF)

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Jan. 18

Saeed Moghimi, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Rostock, Germany

Coupled Modeling System of the Spectral Wave and 3D Hydrodynamic Models: Implementation and Verification

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Dec. 14

Distinguished Speaker:

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mathematics
The Pennsylvania State University

Interactions between Atmospheric Turbulence and Wind Turbine Loadings from Large-Eddy Simulation of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Coupled with AeroDyn

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