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Release: Sept. 27, 2000

Patel to speak about international work of UI hydraulic research institute

IOWA CITY, Iowa – V.C. Patel, director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR), will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "The Global Reach of IIHR," on Thursday, Oct. 5, at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church,

30 N. Clinton St. The program is open to the public.

Patel, who also is the University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, conducts research in a number of areas including turbulent flows, industrial aerodynamics, ship hydrodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and hydraulics. Educated in Kenya and England, Patel joined the UI faculty in 1971 and was named director of the IIHR in 1994.

The IIHR is one of the nation's premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratories and has been widely acknowledged as an international leader in numerous areas of hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics. Some have described the IIHR as one of the three world-class institutions in this field. Research activities, funded by agreements and contracts with a variety of private organizations and governmental agencies, extend well beyond the Midwest into the international domain.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Tuesday, Oct. 3. New Pioneer Co-op will cater the meal, and the cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52245-1802. For more information, call 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

Patel's presentation is co-sponsored by International Programs at the University of Iowa and The Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research and presented in part with the support of Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Friday, Oct. 6 following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the University of Iowa campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of the UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.