New Waves June 2009

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Socolofsky wins hydraulic award

Dr. Scott Socolofsky, assistant professor in the Coastal and Ocean Engineering Program of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, received the 2009 Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers during the Environment and Water Resources Institute Annual Congress May 17-21 in Kansas City, Mo.

He received the award for his paper, “Experiments on Mass Exchange between Groin Fields and Main Stream in Rivers,” in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. According to Socolofsky, the paper covered contaminant mixing problems in navigable rivers, where there is potential for accidental spills and the need for a predictive response capability.

“Since this paper, we’ve applied similar methods to several other shallow water flows to learn more about mixing in natural water bodies,” Socolofsky said.

Socolofsky earned his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 and joined Texas A&M in 2003.

(Story from Texas A&M Engineering News)

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