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Release: Dec. 27, 2001

Holly appointed associate dean of engineering

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Forrest M. Holly, Jr., professor of civil and environmental engineering and researcher at IIHR -- Hydroscience & Engineering, has been appointed associate dean for academic programs in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1. Engineering Dean P. Barry Butler said that Holly's experience and qualifications make him an excellent choice for the position.

Holly replaces Gary Fischer, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, who will return to full-time teaching and research. Commenting on Fischer's service, Butler said, "We deeply appreciate all that Associate Dean Fisher has accomplished, including his leadership in helping advance the new curriculum effort."

Holly previously served as interim associate dean for academic programs in 1999 and 2000. He currently is completing a second consecutive two-year term as president of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research.

Holly, who received his doctorate from Colorado State University in 1975 and came to the UI in 1982, is known for his research in such specialized fields as computational hydraulics, dispersion in natural waters, alluvial-river processes, and urban hydraulics. His current research interests include development of computer models for cooling-water temperature forecasting in nuclear power plants, three-dimensional numerical modeling of sediment processes in natural waterways, and computer-based flow control in irrigation canal networks.