Dr. Bingnan Lin
MS 1947, PhD 1951 in Mechanics and Hydraulics
Dr. Bingnan Lin, Retired Director of the Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power Research (IWHR) in the People's Republic of China, is one of the world's most outstanding hydraulic engineers. He came to The University of Iowa after being selected by his government in national competition for advanced study in the United States.
Dr. Lin returned to his native China in 1955 and since 1958 has held a series of responsible posts at IWHR, which is the research and testing organization for the electric-power and water-management activities of a nation of more than one billion people. His unique qualifications as an engineering/scientific researcher, his inventiveness as a hydraulic engineer, and his ability as an administrator led to the prestigious position of director in 1982. During his tenure as director of IWHR, Dr. Lin upgraded its capabilities and broadened its field of activities to include such concerns as environmental engineering. He also worked to renew the international involvement of IWHR in the world community of engineers. One of the first cooperative agreements he established as director of IWHR was with the UI.
Dr. Lin helped the Chinese government conceive and organize, with UNESCO support, the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES), an organization which has become, through his leadership, one of the world's largest and most active in its concern for sediment erosion and deposition problems.
In another of his achievements, Dr. Lin was able to resolve the many extremely difficult problems involved in the construction and operation of several large dams in China, including the Three Gorges Dam, located some 40 kilometers upstream from Gezhouba Dam on the Yangtze River. His scholarship, engineering ingenuity, and scientific acumen are well recognized among his peers, which is why in 1985, the American Society of Engineers invited Dr. Lin to present the inaugural address at its first annual lecture by distinguished foreign hydraulic engineers.
Currently, Dr. Lin holds the position of Chief of the Sedimentation Panel for the Office of Three Gorges Engineering Commission, China State Council; Director Emeritus of the Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power Research (IWHR); Chairman of the Advisory Council for the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES); and is a member of The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Inducted February 24, 1996