Papanicolaou Named Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering
University of Iowa News Release
Thanos Papanicolaou, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been appointed Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering.
Papanicolaou, who joined the college in 2003, is an associate research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and a researcher at the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and has special fields of knowledge that include sediment transport in rivers, sediment fingerprinting techniques in watersheds, and geomorphology.
His current research interests include using a two-year, $150,000 research grant from the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service to study how water either enters the soil or becomes runoff and thus affects soil quality. He is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies, as well as a registered professional engineer in the state of Washington. He was a 2005-06 recipient of the Iowa Obermann Center Research Award. Papanicolaou has attracted more than $1 million in external funding since 2003 and has published more than 200 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings.
The Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellowship in Engineering was established in 2003 through a gift to the UI Foundation from the estate of Robert Wheeler and his wife, Virginia. Born in New York in 1922, Wheeler earned a bachelor's degree in 1948, a master's degree in 1949, and a doctorate in 1958 -- all in civil engineering from the UI College of Engineering. From 1953-1958, he was a UI instructor in civil engineering and served as assistant professor from 1958-1961. He later taught at Macalester College, Michigan Technical University, and the University of Akron before retiring from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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