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Release: March 15, 2002

Krajewski appointed to Summers Chair of Engineering

Witold F. Krajewski, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been named Joseph & Rose Summers Professor of Water Resources Engineering.

UI College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler said that the honor recognizes Krajewski's (pronounced "cry-EFF-ski") outstanding profile in the university and international research community.

"Professor Krajewski's research involves a strong element of leadership because he is one of the best-known researchers in the fields of remote sensing, uncertainty assessment and hydrometeorology. He is considered the leading expert in developing algorithms for quantitative precipitation estimation using weather radar observations," Butler said.

Krajewski, who came to the UI in 1987, is a research engineer at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering and an internationally known researcher in the field of remote sensing of precipitation. His special fields of knowledge include hydrology and hydrometeorology; radar and satellite remote sensing; and water resources systems. His current research focuses on radar and satellite estimation of rainfall; statistical modeling of rainfall fields and error structure of rainfall observations; real-time hydrometeorological forecasting; and validation of remote sensing in hydrology. He is involved in developing algorithms for NEXRAD, the national network of weather radars; and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, a join US-Japan satellite mission devoted to observations of rainfall in the tropics for use in climate modeling and prediction.

Krajewski received his master's degree and doctorate in environmental engineering in 1976 and 1980, respectively, from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. At the UI, he has supervised more than 15 doctoral students, published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and served as principal or co-principal investigator on more than 50 grants and projects attracting some $6 million in funding from such agencies as NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). His many professional activities and memberships include member of the Science Advisory Team to the Global Precipitation Climatology Project, World Meteorological Organization; associate editor for several scientific and engineering journals and membership in the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

The Joseph and Rose Summers Professorship in Water Resources Engineering, the naming of which honors Summers' late wife, was established in August 2001 through an initial gift of $500,000 and an additional $1 million in gift commitments to the University of Iowa Foundation from UI engineering graduate Joseph B. Summers of Hanford, Calif. Based in the department of civil and environmental engineering, the Summers Chair enables the college to further strengthen its internationally renowned programs in water resources and hydraulic engineering.

A member of the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy, Summers received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the UI in 1948. He has served as a member of the UI Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee for the new Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences and currently serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and Development Council. Summers is chairman of the board of Summers Engineering Inc., which he founded in 1962. An active consulting engineer, he has been a leader on water use, irrigation and drainage issues in California and internationally. Summers will receive the 2002 UI Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Service in June.

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