Stern Appointed to George D. Ashton Professorship

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Prof. Frederick Stern has been appointed the George D. Ashton Professor of Hydroscience and Engineering at the University of Iowa, effective July 1, 2013. He is world renowned for his teaching and research work in computational and experimental fluid dynamics and ship hydrodynamics is world renowned.

Stern, who also is professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and faculty research engineer at IIHR- Hydroscience & Engineering, employs computer modeling and on-the-water testing in IIHR's state-of-the-art Hydraulic Wave Basin Facility to create software codes that analyze the flow of water around hulls of ships. He was recently named the 2012-13 Georg P. Weinblum Memorial Lecturer. The lecture series is sponsored in Germany by the Institut fur Schiffbau of the University of Hamburg, and in the United States by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, along with the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council.

Stern received a BSE degree (summa cum laude) in 1975, MSE degree in 1977, and a doctorate in 1980, all in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Iowa in 1983 after the retirement of Dr. Louis Landweber, professor of mechanical engineering and research engineer at IIHR, former head of the David Taylor Model Basin, Naval Surface Warfare Center; a member of the National Academy of Engineering; and one of the founding fathers of ship hydrodynamics. As a young researcher, Dr. Stern trained at SAIC, Inc., Annapolis, MD, where he developed strong ties with Dr. William Morgan, another UI Engineering alumnus and director of the David Taylor Model Basin.

Engineering alumnus Dr. George D. Ashton is an international expert on the study of ice jams, ice control, flooding, snow drifting, snow loads, and river ice. Now a resident of New Hampshire, Ashton was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1939, received a BSCE degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa in 1961 an MSCE in civil engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in 1963, and a PhD in mechanics and hydraulics from the University of Iowa, in 1971. From 1962 to 1964 he was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. From 1964 to 1967 he worked as a Structural Engineer for Bechtel Co. in San Francisco. After earning his PhD, he joined the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire and held various research and management positions with his research concentrating on river ice processes and problems. From 1990 to 1998, he was Chief Research and Engineering Directorate. He retired in 1998 and now works as a private consultant in Lebanon, New Hampshire, dealing primarily with river ice problems. Ashton has received the Straub Medal from the University of Minnesota, the Hilgard prize from ASCE, the Stevens Award from ASCE and most recently the 2002 Ice Research and Engineering Award by the nternational Association for Hydraulic Research. He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters dealing with ice problems. He was Editor of the Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology from 1995 to 2006.