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Release: May 25, 2001
UI engineer Odgaard receives national award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A. Jacob Odgaard, professor of civil and environmental
engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and research
engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, has been awarded the American
Society of Civil Engineer's (ASCE) 2001 Hydraulic Structures Medal.
The medal, given for "significant contributions to the advancement
of the art and science of hydraulic engineering as applied to hydraulic structure,"
was presented during the May 20-24 World Water and Environmental Resources
Congress in Orlando, Fla. Odgaard's award citation reads, in part, 'In recognition
of his innovations in experimental and engineering design, and his innovative
and creative design of structures for river restoration and control
Odgaard, who also serves as the college's associate dean for research and
graduate studies, also was recognized for contributions to the profession
as editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering from 1994 to 1998 and associate
editor from 1989 to 1994.
Odgaard is perhaps best known for his development and testing of fish by-pass
structures for utilities and government agencies, including projects aimed
at decreasing the salmon mortality rate caused by dams in the Pacific Northwest.
He is also known for his design of the Iowa Vane, a double-curved, patented
structure for sediment control in rivers. The Iowa Vane is used around the
world to protect stream banks, maintain navigation depth and flood-flow capacity
in rivers, and control sediment at water intakes. Lately he has been promoting
a comprehensive, integrative approach to problem solving utilizing new tools
and techniques being developed within the discipline of hydroinformatics.
He received his master's degree and doctorate from the Technical University
of Denmark. His previous honors include the ASCE's Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic