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John F. Kennedy
Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Director, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (1966 – 1991)
Chair, Division of Energy Engineering, UI College of Engineering (1974 – 1976)
Carver Professor (1981 – 1987)
Hunter Rouse Professor of Hydraulics (1987 – 1991)
John F. Kennedy (“Jack”) assumed Directorship of IIHR in 1966 as an energetic, quick-witted 32-year-old, and guided IIHR through 25 years of expansion until his untimely death in 1991. His mastery of the engineering sciences brought true innovation to solution of real-world problems. Kennedy understood the complementary roles of research and engineering practice. He led IIHR to the forefront of emerging environmental hydraulics efforts, and stimulated a diversity of other initiatives. His agile mind and passionate involvement ensured IIHR’s firm leadership, international acclaim, and financial solvency during the late 20th century.
Inducted June 12, 2004
To read a tribute to Notre Dame alumnus John Kennedy, go to https://engineering.nd.edu/spotlights/alumni-spotlights/john-f.-kennedy-2014-b.s.-ceees-201955-1#sthash.ZVX1GA1H.dpbs.