Honors, Awards and Announcements

October 2013

Civil Engineering Professor John Gulliver was awarded the Dave Ford Water Resources Award for outstanding service in the field of water resources. The award was presented at a special ceremony during the annual Minnesota Water Resources Conference, October 15-16, 2013 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. 

September 2013

SAFL director Fotis Sotiropoulos has been invited to speak in the Fluid-Mediated Particle Transport program organized by the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara during the fall of 2013. Learn more

May 2013

Mohammad Hajit (Advisor: Fotis Sotiropoulos), doctoral student in civil engineering, receives a prestigious Hydro Research Fellowship from the Hydro Research Foundation for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

January 2013

Fotis Sotiropoulos (civil engineering) is selected as a Sackler Lecturer by the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel. See announcement.

December 2012

Civil Engineering Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou's proposal, "Towards the Next Generation of Multi-sensor Multi-scale Precipitation Fusion Products for the GPM era: A Variational Approach in Wavelet Domain," is selected to receive funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Precipitation Measurement Missions. Learn more about NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions

Graduate student Antoinette Abeyta receives a 2012 Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union for her ocean sciences paper titled, "Transport dynamics of mass failures along weakly cohesive clinoform foresets."

Fotis Sotiropoulos (civil engineering) gives an invited talk, titled “Numerical simulation of bed morphodynamics in natural waterways: From ripples to dunes,” at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Many SAFL faculty, students and researchers participate in oral and poster presentations at the event. See session abstracts.

November 2012

Numerous SAFL faculty, researchers and students participate in the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics, November 18-20, in San Diego, California. See abstracts

October 2012

Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou is also elected president of the hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union. Read more

September 2012

Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou (civil engineering) is appointed by President Obama to Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Learn more

Leonardo Chamorro, SAFL research associate, receives a 2012 University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar.

August 2012

SAFL and the Department of Mechanical Engineering welcome two new faculty members, Associate Professor Lian Shen and Assistant Professor Jiarong Hong. Learn more

SAFL-affiliated faculty members Jacques Finlay (associate professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior) and John Gulliver (professor of civil engineering) are named resident fellows of the University's Institute on the Environment. Read more.

Professor Emeritus Roger Arndt will present a keynote lecture, “Cavitation Research from an International Perspective” at the 26th International Association for HydroEnvironment Engineering and Research Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems in Beijing, China (August 19-23). 

June 2012

Professor Chris Paola (earth sciences) delivers a College of Science and Engineering public lecture on June 20 titled "The Low Life of River Deltas: How mud can save (part of) the world."  Watch video of the lecture.

July 2012

A City of Golden Valley ceremony unveils a memorial plaque in honor of Edward Silberman for his leadership and many contributions to water management practice in the community. Prior to his passing in 2011, Silberman served as a professor emeritus of civil engineering and as SAFL Director from 1946-1974. SAFL Director Fotis Sotiropoulos provided remarks at the ceremony. Learn more

Spring 2012

Kimberly Hill (civil engineering) is promoted to the position of associate professor with tenure.

Vamsi Ganti receives his Ph.D. in civil engineering under the guidance of advisor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou. See dissertation defense abstract.

Professor Emeritus Roger Arndt is the principal investigator on a recent grant from the Office of Naval Research for “Development of Control Strategies for Very High Speed Cavity-Running Bodies: Simulations and Small-Scale Experiments.”

Professor Jacques Finlay received a Sea Grant award for an “Estuary Hotspots for Microbes Reflect Water Chemistry” study of the St. Louis Estuary in cooperation with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.

In April 2012, Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou was appointed for a two-year term to the National Research Council’s Standing Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space.

Recognizing his lifetime of achievement in the field of engineering and contributions to the profession, Professor John Gulliver was awarded the 2012 Charles M. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award by the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science and Technology Societies.

Lead author, Professor Vaughan Voller’s recently published paper, “Does the Flow of Information in a Landscape Have Direction?” (Geophysical Research Letters, 2012) was selected as a research highlight by the American Geophysical Union. SAFL PhD student Vamsi Ganti and Professors Chris Paola and Efi Foufoula-Georgiou are co-authors of the paper.


Professors Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Michele Guala and Fotis Sotiropoulos were awarded $40,000 from NSF to organize a workshop on “Basic Research at the Intersection of Marine/Hydrokinetic Energy and the Aquatic Environment.” The workshop, held in October 2011, attracted a broad range of researchers from academia and U.S. Department of Energy laboratories.

Post-doctoral researcher Trung Le and Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos were among the winners of the 2011 American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Gallery of Fluid Motion Contest for their video, “Vortex Formation and Instability in the Left Ventricle.” PhD student Dane Coffey and Professor Daniel Keefe (Computer Science and Engineering) contributed to the video.

PhD student Man Liang (Advisors: Vaughan Voller and Chris Paola) received the 2011 Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System Student Modeler Award for her research titled, “A Reduced-Complexity Channel-Resolving Model for Delta Formation.”

Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos was appointed associate editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and to the editorial advisory board of Computers & Fluids.

Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos presented a keynote lecture at the 2011 High Performance Computing Symposium in Montreal, Canada. He also presented the keynote lecture at the 2011 Centennial Celebration of the Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department of the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile.