CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0012
Release: July 7, 1999
Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research plans Spring 2000
course in China
IOWA CITY, Iowa Having recently completed a
16-day-long study trip to Taiwan and Japan, the University of Iowas
Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) has announced that it will hold
the third course in its "International Perspectives in Water Resources
Planning" series in China during Spring 2000.
The series, held in cooperation with the UI Office
for Study Abroad, allows students to visit a country or region for intensive
study of the historical, cultural, social, economic, ethical, environmental
and political conditions that affect that regions water resources projects.
It is designed for seniors and graduate students who plan to become engineers,
economists, planners, legal and management specialists, as well as environmental,
social and political scientists.
Ten graduate students participated in the course,
including Jeff Blank, Jennifer Holman-Dodds, Owen Kubit, Nicola Mawer and
Kevin Nielsen of IIHR and Kuoshu Chiu of the UI department of electrical and
computer engineering. Also attending were: Scott Morgan and Alicia Urban from
the University of Minnesota; Catherine Shrier from Colorado State University;
and Andrew Smith from the University of Kansas.
Jacob Odgaard, IIHR research engineer and associate
dean of the College of Engineering, led the Taiwan program, which included:
Lectures at the Water Resources Bureau of the
Ministry of Economic Affairs, at Sinotech Engineering Consultants,
Inc., and at the Water Resources Department of the Taiwan Provincial
Field visits to the Feitsui Reservoir near
Taipei, the Chi-Chi Diversion Project near Taichung, and the Tan-Shui
River Basin Flood Control Center in Taipei.
Panel discussions at the Hydrotech Research
Institute of National Taiwan University.
Tatsuaki Nakato, IIHR associate director and instructor
for the Japan portion of the course, said that the graduate students attending
the 1999 course learned that many non-engineering factors have a great impact
on water resources projects.
"IIHR alumni and my friends in Taiwan and Japan arranged
tremendous programs for the students," Nakato said. "The students
appeared to have gained ample knowledge on Japan, not only on engineering
aspects of the countries, but also on societal and cultural aspects."
The Japan program included:
A tour of Osaka prefecture's new high-performance
Murano water treatment plant.
Lectures and a laboratory tour of Kyoto University's
Disaster Prevention Institute.
A visit to Kyotos Enryaku-ji temple,
one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples
A visit to Hiroshima University, where the
UI College of Engineering established a collaborative
agreement in January 1999.
A panel discussion among U.S. and Hiroshima
students on education and research.
A fieldtrip to the construction site of the
nearly completed Nukui Dam.
Tours of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum
and Hiroshima Peace Park.
Seminars at the Ministry of Construction in
The first program in the International Perspectives
series took place during winter 1997-98 when 13 students visited Gujrat, India
under the leadership of Subhash C. Jain, UI professor of civil and environmental
According to Virendra C. Patel, IIHR director, the
International Perspectives series is just one of many factors that make the
Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research a truly international institute for teaching
and research. The IIHR has more than 200 alumni in some 49 countries, including
Taiwan with 30, India with 19, Korea with 17, Japan and China with 15 each,
IIHR international efforts, in addition to the water
resources series, include:
A collaborative research agreement with the
Danish Hydraulics Institute.
A continuing long-term cooperative effort between
IIHR and Osaka University, University of Osaka Prefecture, Hiroshima
University, Yokohama National University, and Kobe University
of Mercantile Marine for ship hydrodynamics.
A collaborative research agreement on combined
computational and experimental ship hydrodynamics continues with
INSEAN in Italy and the Danish Maritime Institute.
Students may learn more about the water resources
planning series by contacting Virendra C. Patel, IIHR director (319) 335-5244;
Janis Perkins, director of the Office for Study Abroad (319)
335-0353; or the IIHR web site (http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu).