Odgaard Receives Environmental and Water Resources Lifetime Award

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jacob Odgaard, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and research engineer at the college's world-renowned IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering research unit, recently received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Odgaard's expertise ranges from his development of "Iowa Vanes"  -- metal baffles embedded in river channels to manage sediment deposition — to the design of structures to protect salmon by diverting them around turbines in hydroelectric dams on sections of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

Given in recognition of lifelong and eminent contribution to the environmental and water resources engineering disciplines through practice, research, and public service, the award was presented during the May 20-24 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress held in Albuquerque, N.M.

Created in 1999, the Environmental and Water Resources Institute is a civil engineering specialty institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country's oldest national engineering society.