Krajewski Receives Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Monday, June 21, 2010

Witold Krajewski, Rose & Joseph Summers Chair in Water Resources Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of the Iowa Flood Center at IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering, has been named a recipient of the 2010 Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education.

Krajewski's 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.

In June, he was named director of the Iowa Flood Center.  The center is establishing community-based programs to improve flood monitoring and prediction along Iowa's major waterways, as well as share center resources and expertise across the state to develop a flood-savvy work force.  Krajewski and his research team are developing physically based numerical models that will improve flood forecasting and mitigation understanding in the basin -- all with the goal of trying to prevent or at least lessen the effects of flooding.