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  • Success among Friends – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    not as much about research in engineering it s more about applying engineering he notes In order to do more research Llamas traveled to Marietta Ga where he attended Southern Polytechnic State University With a master s in engineering technology he began his PhD work at the University of Iowa in 2010 The great thing about IIHR is that it s a multidisciplinary department Llamas says You learn new things that aren t even in your field He particularly enjoys the weekly group meetings during which a colleague presents about his or her work and others give feedback It s like a family you know You know what everyone is working on Over the past four years Llamas has been involved with a myriad of research initiatives Iowa Flood Studies IFloodS NASA Global Precipitation Measurement campaign and others including the implementation of accelerometers that estimate mass water content and diurnal cycles of trees After he graduates in May 2015 Llamas will likely move on from academia to antenna or radio frequency design research for a company such as Boeing Rockwell Collins or United Technologies Research Center Several good prospective employers have shown interest in hiring Ruben after he graduates Kruger notes I believe Ruben will be very successful While he is willing to move anywhere within the United States Llamas says he will miss Iowa City especially listening to performances by the local band Alto Maiz and the friends he has made at IIHR You can make friends for the rest of your life here And we play soccer he laughs That s one of the requirements with Professor Witek Witold Krajewski you have to play soccer Watch a short video on YouTube about Llamas mussel antenna research Tags Anton Kruger Colombia Dead Zone IFloodS Iowa Flood Studies Mississippi River multidisciplinary mussels NASA Global Precipitation Measurement Ruben Llamas sensors Shianne Gruss Witold Krajewski Home About Greetings from the Director Fact Page IIHR at a Glance Where is IIHR Communications History IIHR s Historical Studies History Resources Hans Albert Einstein His Life as a Pioneering Engineer Sustainability at IIHR Evolving with the Times Intellectual Connections Worldwide IIHR Alumni Worldwide Archives Films by Hunter Rouse Employment Contact IIHR Webcam Education Graduate Program Admission Assistantships and Fellowships Graduate Student Opportunities Undergraduate Opportunities International Perspectives Service Projects Habitat for Humanity s Women Build Project Fluids Lab Meet Our Faculty and Staff Brandon Barquist Talking Shop Pablo Carrica Enjoying the Challenge George Constantinescu Rivers Run in the Family Carrie Davis Playing in the Mud Teresa Gaffey Transformations Anton Kruger How Stuff Works Troy Lyons Bridging the Gap Ricardo Mantilla Going with the Flow Jacob Odgaard Making an Impact Michelle Scherer Solving the Puzzle Fred Stern Revolutionizing Ship Hydrodynamics Stephanie Surine She s a Rocker Eric Tate Studying the Human Costs of Flooding H S Udaykumar The Reluctant Engineer Gabriele Villarini Working the Numbers Mark Wilson What s Not to Like Meet Our Students Tibebu Ayalew Accidental Engineer Ali Reza Firoozfar The Experimentalist Ruben Llamas Success

    Original URL path: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/blog/2014/12/18/success-among-friends/ (2015-11-11)
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  • Beda Luitel: Finding a Way – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    am sure he will make very significant contributions to the scientific community in the years to come For Luitel the journey has seemed like a long one Weathering the Storm Luitel was 10 years old when more than 100 000 Bhutanese people of Nepalese origin were forced to leave Bhutan during a 1988 92 government enforced ethnic cleansing Luitel stepped foot in school for the first time at age 11 in a refugee camp in the Jhapa district of southeast Nepal High school was more than three hours away by car from the Goldhamp Camp where he lived with his family and more than 9 000 other refugees We weren t supposed to work Luitel says But we found a way Despite the challenge of receiving and financing an education in Nepal Luitel earned a BS in physics from Tribhuvan University in Biratnagar He had originally wanted to study engineering but it was too expensive he ultimately paid for his studies by tutoring high school students in physics After coming to the United States I had no idea that I would go back to school because I was fed up with studying Luitel says But I saw numerous opportunities here Encouraged by his advisors in the McNair TRIO program at Boise State Luitel applied to five different professional programs The University of Iowa accepted him immediately as a research assistant and IIHR also offered the best pay he admits Having two kids and going to school fulltime is quite challenging both in time management and financially he says Luitel his wife and their children live in Iowa City near his parents and four of his siblings and their families I didn t know the winters were so crazy here Luitel says But it s okay I survived Tags arsenic Beda Luitel Gabriele Villarini IIHR National Science Foundation NSF Shianne Gruss UI research University of Iowa water quality weather Last modified on July 2nd 2015 Posted on April 6th 2015 Home About Greetings from the Director Fact Page IIHR at a Glance Where is IIHR Communications History IIHR s Historical Studies History Resources Hans Albert Einstein His Life as a Pioneering Engineer Sustainability at IIHR Evolving with the Times Intellectual Connections Worldwide IIHR Alumni Worldwide Archives Films by Hunter Rouse Employment Contact IIHR Webcam Education Graduate Program Admission Assistantships and Fellowships Graduate Student Opportunities Undergraduate Opportunities International Perspectives Service Projects Habitat for Humanity s Women Build Project Fluids Lab Meet Our Faculty and Staff Brandon Barquist Talking Shop Pablo Carrica Enjoying the Challenge George Constantinescu Rivers Run in the Family Carrie Davis Playing in the Mud Teresa Gaffey Transformations Anton Kruger How Stuff Works Troy Lyons Bridging the Gap Ricardo Mantilla Going with the Flow Jacob Odgaard Making an Impact Michelle Scherer Solving the Puzzle Fred Stern Revolutionizing Ship Hydrodynamics Stephanie Surine She s a Rocker Eric Tate Studying the Human Costs of Flooding H S Udaykumar The Reluctant Engineer Gabriele Villarini Working the Numbers Mark Wilson What s Not to

    Original URL path: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/education/student-profiles/beda-luitel-finding-a-way/ (2015-11-11)
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  • Kara Prior: For the Love of Discovery – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    to test a number of what if scenarios including flood after drought which played out in Eastern Iowa in 2012 13 leading to record in stream levels of nitrogen The World is a Classroom Prior never lost the love of discovery that she felt as a young child The Ames Iowa native was home schooled by her mother through age 12 I credit that with a lot of my excitement about learning Prior says It allowed me to get to know my own mind Since she and her brother weren t tied down to a school or classroom they spent lots of time outdoors exploring the natural world Prior has taken inspiration from her mother who worked exceptionally hard after becoming a single parent at midlife to provide for her family and get an education With two children to raise she went back to college while working fulltime eventually earning two master s degrees Today Prior s mom is an applied anthropologist who works for the Department of Public Health s Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Unit focusing on statewide tobacco control and the elimination of health disparities A Global View Prior s study abroad experience in China left her even more excited about international education and with new respect for international students who study at the University of Iowa After her year in China Prior taught English in South Korea for two years Prior is now working on a master s degree and may eventually take on a PhD She hopes to study abroad again and eventually to teach in some capacity She s excited to be connected with IIHR Prior says because of the institute s interesting confluence of people and programs She believes the things she s learning now will be useful wherever she ends up Managing nutrients and pollution is a challenge everywhere Prior says Tags Adam Ward IIHR Iowa Flood Center Kara Prior University of Iowa Last modified on June 25th 2015 Posted on May 20th 2014 Home About Greetings from the Director Fact Page IIHR at a Glance Where is IIHR Communications History IIHR s Historical Studies History Resources Hans Albert Einstein His Life as a Pioneering Engineer Sustainability at IIHR Evolving with the Times Intellectual Connections Worldwide IIHR Alumni Worldwide Archives Films by Hunter Rouse Employment Contact IIHR Webcam Education Graduate Program Admission Assistantships and Fellowships Graduate Student Opportunities Undergraduate Opportunities International Perspectives Service Projects Habitat for Humanity s Women Build Project Fluids Lab Meet Our Faculty and Staff Brandon Barquist Talking Shop Pablo Carrica Enjoying the Challenge George Constantinescu Rivers Run in the Family Carrie Davis Playing in the Mud Teresa Gaffey Transformations Anton Kruger How Stuff Works Troy Lyons Bridging the Gap Ricardo Mantilla Going with the Flow Jacob Odgaard Making an Impact Michelle Scherer Solving the Puzzle Fred Stern Revolutionizing Ship Hydrodynamics Stephanie Surine She s a Rocker Eric Tate Studying the Human Costs of Flooding H S Udaykumar The Reluctant Engineer Gabriele Villarini Working the Numbers Mark Wilson What

    Original URL path: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/education/student-profiles/kara-prior-for-the-love-of-discovery/ (2015-11-11)
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  • Harvest Schroeder: The Human Factor – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    has never experienced it firsthand I think I ve been kind of fortunate she says Schroeder interned with the City of Iowa City in 2008 the year of the big flood That experience made her acutely aware of the importance of water related engineering and its impact on people and communities It was something she never forgot So when Schroder heard about an opportunity for students to work on the IFC s Statewide Floodplain Mapping Project she immediately wanted to get involved After she completed her undergraduate degree Schroeder s position at the IFC evolved into a full time job and she was later chosen to serve as one of the project leaders The five year effort has a big goal to create new floodplain maps for the 85 Iowa counties that were declared Presidential Disaster Areas after the 2008 floods Schroeder shares the leadership duties with Engineer Derek Chang and she says they re fortunate to have great supervision from IFC Associate Director Nate Young as well as an excellent team of dedicated engineers When the Statewide Floodplain Mapping Project is complete most Iowans will have up to date reliable floodplain maps to turn to which will make a positive difference in the lives of many Iowans I do feel you re getting a useful product that people will use Schroeder says That provides a lot of motivation for me Schroeder hopes to continue working in the field of hydrology and hydraulic engineering after the project is done I love being in the water research world she says An Intense Competitor When she s not working Schroeder likes to spend time with her family and help out at her church where she teaches Sunday school to second and third graders She also loves to get outside and be active She took up downhill skiing a couple of years ago after cross country skiing throughout her youth She also likes sand volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee When it comes to sports Schroeder says her normally low key personality disappears My competitive side comes out she says It gets intense sometimes Tags Harvest Schroeder IIHR Iowa Flood Center Iowa Floodplain Mapping project Nate Young UI engineering Last modified on June 25th 2015 Posted on November 13th 2013 Home About Greetings from the Director Fact Page IIHR at a Glance Where is IIHR Communications History IIHR s Historical Studies History Resources Hans Albert Einstein His Life as a Pioneering Engineer Sustainability at IIHR Evolving with the Times Intellectual Connections Worldwide IIHR Alumni Worldwide Archives Films by Hunter Rouse Employment Contact IIHR Webcam Education Graduate Program Admission Assistantships and Fellowships Graduate Student Opportunities Undergraduate Opportunities International Perspectives Service Projects Habitat for Humanity s Women Build Project Fluids Lab Meet Our Faculty and Staff Brandon Barquist Talking Shop Pablo Carrica Enjoying the Challenge George Constantinescu Rivers Run in the Family Carrie Davis Playing in the Mud Teresa Gaffey Transformations Anton Kruger How Stuff Works Troy Lyons Bridging the Gap Ricardo Mantilla Going with the Flow

    Original URL path: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/education/student-profiles/harvest-schroeder-the-human-factor/ (2015-11-11)
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  • Like a Duck to Water – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    lead when needed but is also very good at knowing when to work as part of the team to get the task complete he says Since joining the IIHR team the summer after her sophomore year Then has done her fair share of teamwork cleaning sensors downloading data and building structures for the Water Quality Nutrient Network In January however she will move on to her master s research under IIHR Director Larry Weber before graduating in May 2016 with both her master s and bachelor s degrees She then hopes to stay in the Cedar Rapids Iowa City community working on something nutrient or flood related Having grown up near a family farm in Peosta Iowa a bedroom community of Dubuque Then is quite familiar with the severity of the nutrient runoff problem in the agricultural and flood prone Midwest It s something we definitely need to be knowledgeable about because it is affecting the environment especially down in the gulf she says Now that we know what it s doing finding a way to reduce the nutrient runoff is something that Iowans need to definitely consider being one of the top agricultural areas in the world I want to do what I can and use my engineering knowledge to help the cause and reduce nutrient runoff Tags American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE Carrie Davis concrete canoe Dubuque LACMRERS Larry Weber Shianne Gruss Stephanie Then Water Quality Nutrient Network Home About Greetings from the Director Fact Page IIHR at a Glance Where is IIHR Communications History IIHR s Historical Studies History Resources Hans Albert Einstein His Life as a Pioneering Engineer Sustainability at IIHR Evolving with the Times Intellectual Connections Worldwide IIHR Alumni Worldwide Archives Films by Hunter Rouse Employment Contact IIHR Webcam Education Graduate Program Admission Assistantships and Fellowships Graduate Student Opportunities Undergraduate Opportunities International Perspectives Service Projects Habitat for Humanity s Women Build Project Fluids Lab Meet Our Faculty and Staff Brandon Barquist Talking Shop Pablo Carrica Enjoying the Challenge George Constantinescu Rivers Run in the Family Carrie Davis Playing in the Mud Teresa Gaffey Transformations Anton Kruger How Stuff Works Troy Lyons Bridging the Gap Ricardo Mantilla Going with the Flow Jacob Odgaard Making an Impact Michelle Scherer Solving the Puzzle Fred Stern Revolutionizing Ship Hydrodynamics Stephanie Surine She s a Rocker Eric Tate Studying the Human Costs of Flooding H S Udaykumar The Reluctant Engineer Gabriele Villarini Working the Numbers Mark Wilson What s Not to Like Meet Our Students Tibebu Ayalew Accidental Engineer Ali Reza Firoozfar The Experimentalist Ruben Llamas Success among Friends Beda Luitel Finding a Way Kara Prior For the Love of Discovery Harvest Schroeder The Human Factor Stephanie Then Like a Duck to Water Meet Our Alumni Jim Ashton Turnaround Guy Maria Laura Beninati The Iowa Embrace Paul Dierking The Inquisitive Engineer Scott Hagen Far from the Farm J V Loperfido Going with the Flow Student Organization SIIHR Contact Us Research The Iowa Nutrient Research Center Iowa Geological Survey The

    Original URL path: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/blog/2014/12/05/like-a-duck-to-water/ (2015-11-11)
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  • Jim Ashton: Turnaround Guy – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    Ashton agreed and stepped into what he calls an unbelievable mess Ashton who had been on track to take over the top job at General Dynamics now found himself trying to clean up a quagmire of waste and mismanagement Ashton says he reflected a lot on how best to manage the problem but he never once thought about ignoring it It would have probably been good in some ways for my career but that wasn t one of the options he says Good Iowa people don t do that Ashton took his concerns to the top at General Dynamics and he was summarily fired for his efforts I think I did the right thing he says But it changed everything Jim Ashton is in third place in this two mile race behind Larry Kramer and Ralph Trimble Iowa won the Big Ten title in both indoor and outdoor track in 1963 Mr Fix It It was a major setback but Ashton moved on to new challenges He developed a reputation as a turnaround guy who could take on a floundering company and make it profitable and functional At FMC Corporation in Minneapolis for example he took on a poorly performing defense company and transformed it into a thriving business with 37M in profits He achieved similar results at a number of other companies How do you do that In part Ashton credits his father a manager at the U S Army Corps of Engineers Some of it s Iowa values he says It clearly goes back to my dad and how he thought about other human beings It has something to do with having a fundamental belief in the dignity of other people His belief that people by and large want to do good meaningful work has had amazing results Ashton isn t afraid to ask people to work hard and strive for difficult goals In the end he says it s about trusting people and believing in them Giving Back Ashton s considerable career success along with his love for the University of Iowa led him to look for a way to make a difference in the world His generous gifts helped make the renovation and expansion of the UI engineering building a reality in 2001 With his brother Bill who also ran cross country at Iowa he helped create a beautiful cross country course in 2004 And he s established two named professorships in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to honor his brothers Bill and George I ve had the good fortune to make some money and I don t have the ambition to see how much I can spend Ashton says He says the university did a wonderful job helping him get a superior education in every way He says he hopes his gifts will help the university extend the same opportunities to others Ashton and his wife Glenda live in Dallas they have five children and 12 grandchildren People often ask the 72 year

    Original URL path: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/education/meet-our-alumni/jim-ashton-turnaround-guy/ (2015-11-11)
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  • Maria Laura Beninati: The Iowa Embrace – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    do work on vortex dominated turbulence that yielded four publications I had a wonderful time there she says A successful team teaching experience with Marshall revealed a natural talent for teaching If she did not pursue it Marshall said she would be throwing her gift away Teaching First Nine years later Beninati is now a tenured faculty member at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania a selective private liberal arts institution with a highly ranked engineering program Teaching is central and highly valued at Bucknell Research is important but it s not the most important thing she says Teaching is first Beninati leads a thriving research program in marine renewable energy She took over a research hydraulic flume that had been unused at Bucknell for some time and made it her own Beninati wrote a proposal and received 200K in funding to study the environmental effects of marine hydrokinetic technologies specifically how sediment behaves in and around support structures near turbines placed in river currents I would say my research has taken off Beninati says At Bucknell getting students involved in the research is key If you re training undergraduates using sophisticated fluid diagnostic equipment in the lab Bucknell values it Beninati explains Nostalgia for Iowa Beninati s husband Ahrmed Lachhab now teaches at Susquehanna University just 12 miles from Bucknell They have three daughters Sophia 11 Layla 9 and Nadia 7 We re trying to train them to be young women scientists Beninati says Beninati and her husband are both nostalgic about their time in Iowa They miss everything from Iowa beef to peaches n cream sweet corn to Hawkeye football games I had a wonderful experience Beninati says We had that sense of belonging to the institute She adds I think we carry a piece of Iowa City with us Tags Bucknell Drexel University hydraulics Iowa City Maria Laura Beninati Last modified on June 29th 2015 Posted on April 3rd 2015 Home About Greetings from the Director Fact Page IIHR at a Glance Where is IIHR Communications History IIHR s Historical Studies History Resources Hans Albert Einstein His Life as a Pioneering Engineer Sustainability at IIHR Evolving with the Times Intellectual Connections Worldwide IIHR Alumni Worldwide Archives Films by Hunter Rouse Employment Contact IIHR Webcam Education Graduate Program Admission Assistantships and Fellowships Graduate Student Opportunities Undergraduate Opportunities International Perspectives Service Projects Habitat for Humanity s Women Build Project Fluids Lab Meet Our Faculty and Staff Brandon Barquist Talking Shop Pablo Carrica Enjoying the Challenge George Constantinescu Rivers Run in the Family Carrie Davis Playing in the Mud Teresa Gaffey Transformations Anton Kruger How Stuff Works Troy Lyons Bridging the Gap Ricardo Mantilla Going with the Flow Jacob Odgaard Making an Impact Michelle Scherer Solving the Puzzle Fred Stern Revolutionizing Ship Hydrodynamics Stephanie Surine She s a Rocker Eric Tate Studying the Human Costs of Flooding H S Udaykumar The Reluctant Engineer Gabriele Villarini Working the Numbers Mark Wilson What s Not to Like Meet Our Students Tibebu Ayalew Accidental Engineer

    Original URL path: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/education/meet-our-alumni/maria-laura-beninati-the-iowa-embrace/ (2015-11-11)
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  • Paul Dierking: The Inquisitive Engineer – IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering – University of Iowa
    were ready for a new adventure Dierking serves as section manager of the water resources team in Chicago and with his colleagues he has been tasked with developing the water resources practice in the Chicago area Stopping the Invaders The Chicago HDR team got an instant boost in visibility from a contract with the Great Lakes Commission to study the feasibility of building a physical barrier between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basins The threat of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes through the Chicago Area Waterway System and other invasive species transferring in either direction has raised concerns among environmentalists fishery managers and scientists The HDR team looked at the potential locations costs benefits and impacts of such a barrier the study indicated that the most viable separation scenario was to construct barriers that closely replicate the original hydrological divide Through this high profile study Dierking and his colleagues made connections with government officials and agencies in the Chicago area including USACE s Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study GLMRIS team GLMRIS is investigating a broader array of control technologies to reduce the risk of invasive species transfer through numerous aquatic pathways around the Great Lakes While a long term permanent solution may be decades away the HDR team has recently focused on near term measures for partial separation which would further reduce the risk of invasive species transfer A Family Man Outside of work hours Dierking is active in his church and community and he likes to run and play basketball Basketball has been a passion since he played for his high school team in Scribner Neb Dierking admits he s pretty competitive on the court I have fun with it too he says But Dierking dedicates most of his free time to his young and growing family He and Darcia have two children Jonathan 3 and Elsie 7 months Before long Dierking fully expects to be answering endless rounds of how and why as his own children learn about the world around them Tags Asian carp Great Lakes IIHR Larry Weber Paul Dierking total dissolved gas U S Army Corps of Engineers Last modified on June 29th 2015 Posted on May 20th 2014 Home About Greetings from the Director Fact Page IIHR at a Glance Where is IIHR Communications History IIHR s Historical Studies History Resources Hans Albert Einstein His Life as a Pioneering Engineer Sustainability at IIHR Evolving with the Times Intellectual Connections Worldwide IIHR Alumni Worldwide Archives Films by Hunter Rouse Employment Contact IIHR Webcam Education Graduate Program Admission Assistantships and Fellowships Graduate Student Opportunities Undergraduate Opportunities International Perspectives Service Projects Habitat for Humanity s Women Build Project Fluids Lab Meet Our Faculty and Staff Brandon Barquist Talking Shop Pablo Carrica Enjoying the Challenge George Constantinescu Rivers Run in the Family Carrie Davis Playing in the Mud Teresa Gaffey Transformations Anton Kruger How Stuff Works Troy Lyons Bridging the Gap Ricardo Mantilla Going with the Flow Jacob Odgaard Making an Impact Michelle

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