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Release: March 25, 1999
UI researcher wins prestigious NSF Career Award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ching-Long Lin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering
in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and research engineer at
the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, has been selected by the National
Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a prestigious NSF Career Award.
As an award recipient, Lin will receive $203,247 over the next four years.
NSF Career Awards are given in recognition of research and teaching excellence,
as well as academic potential. The awards, presented to engineers and scientists
across the country, are designed to help universities attract and retain outstanding
young faculty members who might otherwise pursue careers in business and industry.
Lin's research involves the use of computer simulation to determine the
three-dimensional velocity of particular ground-based wind phenomena responsible
for transporting large amounts of heat, water vapor and pollutants through
the atmosphere. Current meteorological instrumentation, such as lidar, can
observe only the radial component of wind velocity at a particular point in
According to Lin, the simulated studies will help refine lidar capabilities
and provide instructional material for engineering curriculum in meteorology
and geophysical fluid dynamics.