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Release: June 6, 2001

UI engineer receives international award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Forrest M. Holly, Jr., professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and researcher at IIHR -- Hydroscience and Engineering,, has been awarded the 11th Harold J. Shoemaker Award by the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) for his article in the Journal of Hydraulic Research (JHR).

The award is given to the authors of the paper judged "the most outstanding published in JHR Vol. 36, No. 5 up to and including Vol. 38, No. 4." Holly's article appeared in the Vol. 37, No. 4 issue and was titled "Two-phase Formulation of Suspended Sediment Transport." Holly's co-authors on the paper are Blair Greimann, his former doctoral student who is currently working with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Marian Muste, assistant research engineer at IIHR. The award consists of a bronze medal and a certificate.

Holly is known for his research in such specialized fields as computational hydraulics, dispersion in natural waters, alluvial-river processes and urban hydraulics. A few of his current research interests include a mathematical modeling of 2-D sediment transport, thermal regime analysis for once-through power-plant cooling, and a mathematical model of alluvial river-bed evolution.

Holly, who came to the UI in 1982, received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1968, his master's degree from the University of Washington in 1969 and his doctorate from Colorado State University in 1975. He will accept his award on Monday, Sept. 17, at the opening session of the 29th IAHR Biennial Congress in Beijing, China.