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April 19, 2004

UI's Larry Weber Named Director Of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering

University of Iowa College of Engineering Dean Barry Butler has appointed Larry J. Weber, UI associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, director of IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, the college's world-renowned water research center, for an initial three-year term, from May 1, 2004 through Aug. 31, 2007.

In announcing the appointment, Butler said of Weber, "He has a great respect for IIHR's traditions and brings an energy and enthusiasm to promoting new efforts and programs that will ensure our successful future."

Weber, who also serves as Donald E. Bently Faculty Fellow of Engineering and IIHR research engineer, said that his vision for the institute is to achieve international recognition for excellence in fundamental fluids research applied to interdisciplinary science and engineering.

Weber, who joined the college's faculty in 1996, earned his bachelor's degree in 1989, master's degree in 1990 and doctorate in 1993, all from the University of Iowa College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His current research involves the application of environmental hydraulics and fluid mechanics to the restoration of threatened and endangered freshwater mussels and pacific salmon.

In 2003, Weber and his colleagues received one of the largest external contracts at the university, a nearly $7 million, three-year, contract extension from Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County, Wash. to study how Pacific Northwest salmon can co-exist with hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.

Weber succeeds V.C. Patel, who directed IIHR for the past 10 years. Patel plans to continue as interim director of the university's Center for Computer Aided Design, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and IIHR research engineer.

Butler praised Patel for overseeing significant IIHR progress. Butler said, "He piloted the renovation of the Hydraulics Laboratory and saw its renaming as the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory; he spearheaded the effort to fund and construct the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station (LACMRERS) facility; he devoted considerable effort to establishing the very successful course 'International Perspectives in Water Resources Planning,' which has featured many countries and areas of the world (to date, India, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Argentina, and Brazil) with future plans to travel to Turkey; and he effectively represented IIHR with skill, tact, and diplomacy within the university and with outside constituencies."

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