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04-18-2007

Clarkson University Professor Receives Top Hydraulic Engineering Award

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Hung Tao Shen, professor and chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Clarkson University, is the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) 2007 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award. Shen will accept the award, considered the most prestigious award in this field, during the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress in Tampa, Florida, May 15 - 19. He will deliver the Hunter Rouse Lecture at the meeting.Shenht

Hunter Rouse (1906 - 1996) was a hydraulician known for his research on the mechanics of fluid turbulence. He was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, California Institute of Technology and Director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research and the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Rouse is remembered as the father of modern hydraulic engineering. He was an honorary ASCE member.

The Hunter Rouse Lecture was endowed in 1979 by Environmental and Water Resources Institute through personal contributions of engineers and engineering firms throughout the world to honor Rouse's contributions to hydraulic engineering. Past recipients of the coveted award include Professors Donald Harleman from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John F. Kennedy from the University of Iowa, Norman Brooks from the California Institute of Technology and Victor Streeter from the University of Michigan.

Shen received his Ph.D. in Mechanics and Hydraulics from the University of Iowa in 1974. He then worked at the consulting company Sargent & Lundy in Chicago and joined the faculty of Clarkson University in 1976. His primary research interest is in cold regions hydraulic engineering and he has developed the transport capacity theory for frazil ice jams and the theory on dynamic ice transport and ice jams. Shen has also contributed to rheological formulations for river and sea ice dynamics. His research group has developed comprehensive computer models for river ice processes. These models have been applied to rivers worldwide. In addition to cold regions hydraulics, he has introduced the Lagrangian mesh-free method to model hydraulic and transport processes, including oil spills and chemical transport models in rivers and lakes.

Professor Shen served as the editor of the Journal of Cold Regions Engineering of ASCE. He is a recipient of the ASCE Harold R. Peyton Cold Regions Engineering Award (2000), the ASCE CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award (2000), and the Larry Gerard Medal of the CGU-Hydrology Section (2001). He was recently chosen by the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) to be the recipient of the IAHR Ice Research and Engineering Award for 2008.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson professor Hung Tao Shen is the recipient of the 2007 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award, given to preeminent hydraulic researchers by the American Society of Civil Engineering. Shen will accept the award and deliver the Hunter Rouse Lecture at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress meeting in Tampa, Florida, May 15 - 19.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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