Engineering Alumnus Shen Receives Top Ice Engineering Award

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hung Tao Shen, University of Iowa engineering alumnus (PhD 1974 mechanics and hydraulics) and professor and chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Clarkson University, is the recipient of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) 2008 Ice Research and Engineering Award.

This is the most prestigious award in the ice engineering field. Since 1992, when the award was established, only six international researchers have received it, including Professor Hiroshi Saeki, the president of the Hokkaido University in Japan.

As noted on his award citation, Shen received the award "for his many outstanding contributions to the field of ice engineering."

Shen has collaborated with many international ice researchers, and conducted short courses in Sweden, Japan, and China. His main research interest is in cold regions hydraulic engineering. He has introduced the analytical framework for river ice processes. He also developed the transport capacity theory for frazil ice jams (hanging dams) and the theory on ice jam dynamics. His research group has developed comprehensive computer models for river ice processes. These models have been applied to rivers worldwide.

Shen served as the editor of the Journal of Cold Regions Engineering of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is a recipient of all the major awards in the field of cold regions engineering, including the ASCE Harold R. Peyton Cold Regions Engineering Award (2000), the ASCE CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award (2000), the Larry Gerard Medal of the CGU-Hydrology Section (2001), and the ASCE Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award (2007).