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Release: Sept. 9, 1999

UI engineer elected president of international hydraulic research association

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Forrest Holly, researcher in the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR), interim associate dean of academic programs and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been elected the next president of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research.

Holly, who will begin his two-year term as president in January 2000, was elected to head the association during its recent biennial meeting held in Graz, Austria. An international, non-governmental organization of engineers and scientists, the association advances water-related research and engineering and enhances water resources through international exchanges and other activities. Founded in 1935, the association is based in Delft, the Netherlands.

Holly, who joined the UI faculty in 1982, has principal research interests in computational hydraulics, with application to unsteady flow, water quality, sediment transport and other areas.

Holly succeeds Dr. Ing. (doctor of engineering) Helmut Kobus, professor at the University of Stuttgart and an IIHR alumnus, who earned both a master's and doctorate from the University of Iowa. Previously, the late John F. Kennedy, former IIHR director, headed the association for a four-year period during the 1980s. Also, Kennedy had succeeded IIHR alumnus Michel Hug, who received his doctorate in hydraulic engineering from the UI in the 1950s.

The Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, a unit of the University of Iowa's College of Engineering, is one of the nation's premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratories. Situated on the Iowa River in Iowa City, Iowa, IIHR seeks to educate students and to conduct research in the broad fields of hydraulics, hydroscience and fluid mechanics. IIHR's training in the theoretical and computational aspects of fluid flow, intermixed with hands-on engineering practice, attracts students with a rich variety of interests from around the world. Research activities, funded by agreements and contracts with a variety of private organizations and governmental agencies, also extend well beyond the Midwest into the international domain.