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Release: Jan. 29, 2001

IIHR engineer receives $1 million naval research grant

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Frederick Stern, professor of mechanical engineering in the UI College of Engineering and research engineer in the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR), has received a $1 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research for ship research.

In particular, Stern, together with co-investigators and IIHR colleagues Robert Wilson and Joe Longo, plans to advance the science of 21st century ship design by using computational fluid dynamics methods and towing tank tests and modeling to accurately predict ship performance in response to pitch, heave and roll motions. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Italian Towing Tank of Rome, Italy.

Stern, who joined the UI faculty in 1983, is the international leader in developing computational ship hydrodynamics. His work includes using high-speed computers to simulate turbulent fluid flow around ships in an effort to one day allow engineers to develop ships and ship components without constructing prototypes. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has developed revolutionary multimedia methods for integrating classroom lectures, laboratory experiments, and computer simulations.