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UI's V.C. Patel receives international engineering research award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- V.C. Patel, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research in the UI College of Engineering, has been selected to receive the 1997 Fluids Engineering Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The award, to be presented at the ASME's Fluids Engineering Division annual summer meeting June 22-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia, is given to an individual for outstanding contributions over a period of years to the engineering profession and, in particular, to the field of fluids engineering through research, practice or teaching.

In naming Patel for the award, the ASME cited his "internationally known research leading to enhancing the understanding and modeling of three-dimensional turbulent flows, and pioneering applications in aerodynamics, ship hydrodynamics and hydraulic engineering."

Patel, 58, came to the university in 1971 as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 1975. He has published two books and more than 150 technical articles in his fields of expertise, which include boundary layer theory, turbulent shear flows, wind engineering, and ship hydrodynamics. In 1980-81 he received the Senior U.S. Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. In 1987-88 he was named the Chalmers 150th Anniversary Jubilee Professor by Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden. From 1992 to 1994 he served as a United Nations consultant in India and in 1995 he served as a USAID consultant to Egypt.

In 1990 Patel was named University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering in recognition of research that has made him one of the world's leading experts in fluid mechanics. He is a past winner of the university's AMOCO Senior Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, as well as a recipient of the UI's Michael J. Brody Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and one of three UI recipients of the 1994 Iowa Regents Faculty Excellence Awards. In 1994 he received an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania. For his research in fluid mechanics he received the 1996 College of Engineering Faculty Award.

Patel is a Fellow of the ASME, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He received his bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London in 1962 and his doctorate in fluid mechanics from Cambridge University in 1965.