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Release: July 7, 1999

Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research plans Spring 2000 course in China

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Having recently completed a 16-day-long study trip to Taiwan and Japan, the University of Iowa’s Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) has announced that it will hold the third course in its "International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning" series in China during Spring 2000.

The series, held in cooperation with the UI Office for Study Abroad, allows students to visit a country or region for intensive study of the historical, cultural, social, economic, ethical, environmental and political conditions that affect that region’s water resources projects. It is designed for seniors and graduate students who plan to become engineers, economists, planners, legal and management specialists, as well as environmental, social and political scientists.

Ten graduate students participated in the course, including Jeff Blank, Jennifer Holman-Dodds, Owen Kubit, Nicola Mawer and Kevin Nielsen of IIHR and Kuoshu Chiu of the UI department of electrical and computer engineering. Also attending were: Scott Morgan and Alicia Urban from the University of Minnesota; Catherine Shrier from Colorado State University; and Andrew Smith from the University of Kansas.

Jacob Odgaard, IIHR research engineer and associate dean of the College of Engineering, led the Taiwan program, which included:

• Lectures at the Water Resources Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, at Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Inc., and at the Water Resources Department of the Taiwan Provincial Government.

• Field visits to the Feitsui Reservoir near Taipei, the Chi-Chi Diversion Project near Taichung, and the Tan-Shui River Basin Flood Control Center in Taipei.

• Panel discussions at the Hydrotech Research Institute of National Taiwan University.

Tatsuaki Nakato, IIHR associate director and instructor for the Japan portion of the course, said that the graduate students attending the 1999 course learned that many non-engineering factors have a great impact on water resources projects.

"IIHR alumni and my friends in Taiwan and Japan arranged tremendous programs for the students," Nakato said. "The students appeared to have gained ample knowledge on Japan, not only on engineering aspects of the countries, but also on societal and cultural aspects."

The Japan program included:

• A tour of Osaka prefecture's new high-performance Murano water treatment plant.

• Lectures and a laboratory tour of Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Institute.

• A visit to Kyoto’s Enryaku-ji temple, one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples
in Japan.

• A visit to Hiroshima University, where the UI College of Engineering established a collaborative agreement in January 1999.

• A panel discussion among U.S. and Hiroshima students on education and research.

• A fieldtrip to the construction site of the nearly completed Nukui Dam.

• Tours of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Hiroshima Peace Park.

• Seminars at the Ministry of Construction in Tokyo.

The first program in the International Perspectives series took place during winter 1997-98 when 13 students visited Gujrat, India under the leadership of Subhash C. Jain, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering.

According to Virendra C. Patel, IIHR director, the International Perspectives series is just one of many factors that make the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research a truly international institute for teaching and research. The IIHR has more than 200 alumni in some 49 countries, including Taiwan with 30, India with 19, Korea with 17, Japan and China with 15 each, and Venezuela
with 12.

IIHR international efforts, in addition to the water resources series, include:

• A collaborative research agreement with the Danish Hydraulics Institute.

• A continuing long-term cooperative effort between IIHR and Osaka University, University of Osaka Prefecture, Hiroshima University, Yokohama National University, and Kobe University of Mercantile Marine for ship hydrodynamics.

• A collaborative research agreement on combined computational and experimental ship hydrodynamics continues with INSEAN in Italy and the Danish Maritime Institute.

Students may learn more about the water resources planning series by contacting Virendra C. Patel, IIHR director (319) 335-5244; Janis Perkins, director of the Office for Study Abroad (319) 335-0353; or the IIHR web site (