Hydro Research Foundation Awards Hydro Fellowships

The Hydro Research Foundation, Inc. has announced the selection of nine recipients of hydro fellowships. Each fellowship will be worth approximately $94,000 to $141,000 over the two- to three-year period of study.

The Hydro Fellowship Program is designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers in conventional or pumped-storage hydropower. “These new fellows, representing a new generation of hydropower specialists, will provide for exciting new research for the industry,” said HRF Executive Director Linda Church-Ciocci.

The fellowships are made possible by a $3 million, three-year grant from the Wind and Waterpower Technologies Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The recipients represent eight universities from eight states. Their areas of research include soil and rock mechanics, hydrologic modeling, operational optimization, water quality and water variability due to climate change. The recipients, their universities and their research topics are:

Justin Hannon – University of Iowa, Iowa City IA, Masters Degree Candidate – Proposal for a Computational Fluid Dynamics Study to Examine the Affect of a Karman Gait on Fish Locomotion

Jordan Kern – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC, PhD Candiate – Dynamic Hydrologic-Economic Modeling of Tradeoffs in Hydroelectric Systems

Marina Kopytkovskiy – Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, Masters Degree Candidate – The Effects of Climate Change on the Water Resources and Hydropower Production Capacity of the Upper Colorado River Basin

John Lamontagne – Cornell University, Ithaca NY, PhD Candidate – Real-­Time Forecasting and Hydropower Reservoir Optimization Using Sampling Stochastic Dynamic Programming

Ann Marie Larquier – Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage AK, Masters Degree Candidate – Glacial Influences on Water Resources of the Eklutna Basin, Alaska

Michael George – University of California, Berkeley CA, PhD Candidate- Rock Scour Evaluation Using Block Theory and the Critical Key Block Concept

Minal Parekh – Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, PhD Candidate – Evaluating Internal Erosion in Earth Dams Using Non-Destructive Methods

John Petrie – Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg VA, PhD Candidate – Modifying Hydropower Releases to Reduce Riverbank Erosion

Adam Witt – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN, PhD Candidate – Development of a Technology to Predict Gas Transfer at Low and High Head Structures

The fellowships include a generous tuition allowance, living stipend, professorial honorarium and participation in Hydro Fellows Roundtables. According to Program Manager Deborah M. Linke, another call for proposals will be issued later in 2010 that will be more focused on hydropower engineering. From that, a second round of fellows will be selected.


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