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:

Past Seminars:

Nov. 11

Gordon Grant, Research Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station and Courtesy Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

Where’s Water?: Integrating Geology with Hydrology to Improve Predictions of Future Streamflows in the Western US

Nov. 04

Bruce Wilson, Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota

Design and Analysis of Self-Sustaining Agricultural Drainage Ditches.

Oct. 28

Michael Barrett, Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Lessons Learned from 20+ Years of Highway Stormwater Research

Oct. 21

Ali Khosronejad, Research Associate, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota   

Use of supercomputers to Solve Intricate Hydraulic Engineering Problems

Oct. 14

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony and Seminar: Petros Koumoutsakos, Chair for Computational Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

2012 Lorenz G. Straub Award Recipient: Yeping Yuan  


The Arrow of Computational Science

Oct. 07

CANCELED: Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Stefano Lanzoni, Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padua, Italy

Morphodynamic Modeling of Alluvial Rivers

Sep. 30

Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Rina Schumer, Associate Research Professor, Desert Research Institute

Real and Apparent Changes in Erosion and Deposition Rates Through Time

Sep. 23

Brian K. Haus, Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami

New Capabilities for Laboratory Observation of the Air-Water Interface in Extreme Conditions

Sep. 16

Barr Engineering Lecture: Marcelo Garcia, Chester & Helen Seiss Endowed Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Director, Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Exploring the Universe of Density Currents: what do snow avalanches, dust storms, oceanic turbidity currents and density underflows in the Chicago River have in common?

Sep. 09

Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Cristian Escauriaza, Assistant Professor, Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Complex Interactions of Turbulent Flows and Geochemical Processes in a High-Andean Watershed