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Release: March 25, 1999

UI researcher wins prestigious NSF Career Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ching-Long Lin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and research engineer at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a prestigious NSF Career Award.

As an award recipient, Lin will receive $203,247 over the next four years. NSF Career Awards are given in recognition of research and teaching excellence, as well as academic potential. The awards, presented to engineers and scientists across the country, are designed to help universities attract and retain outstanding young faculty members who might otherwise pursue careers in business and industry.

Lin's research involves the use of computer simulation to determine the three-dimensional velocity of particular ground-based wind phenomena responsible for transporting large amounts of heat, water vapor and pollutants through the atmosphere. Current meteorological instrumentation, such as lidar, can observe only the radial component of wind velocity at a particular point in space.

According to Lin, the simulated studies will help refine lidar capabilities and provide instructional material for engineering curriculum in meteorology and geophysical fluid dynamics.