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Hydro Research Foundation announces 2013 Hydro Fellowship recipients

The Hydro Research Foundation has announced this year's recipients of Hydro Fellowship awards.

Each fellowship is worth between US$44,000 and $66,000, and can be used over a one to one-and-a-half year period of study.

This year's Hydro Fellows -- along with their universities and research topics -- are:

  • Mark Christian (Doctoral Candidate); University of Tennessee: Research, developmetn and demonstration of value analysis methodology for hydropower flow measurement enhancement
  • Hosein Foroutan (Doctoral Candidate); Penn State University: Simulation, analysis and prevention of vortex rope formation in hydraulic turbine draft tubes
  • Mohammad Hajit (Doctoral Candidate); University of Minnesota: Hydroturbine aeration design software for mitigating adverse environmental impacts and increasing hydropower capacity
  • Andrew Hamann (Masters Candidate); Carnegie Mellon University: Coordinated predictive control of a hydropower cascade
  • Kelcey Lajoie (Masters Candidate); Oregon State University: Advanced study of wind power variability on the federal Columbia River Power System
  • Daniel Leonard (Doctoral Candidate); Penn State University: Computation of cavitating flow in hydroturbines
  • Eliot Meyer (Doctoral Candidate); University of North Carolina: Mitigating hydropower generators' financial risk from climate variability in multi-purpose water management systems
  • Kevin Mulligan (Doctoral Candidate); University of Massachusetts: Cost-effective improvements to surface bypass system for alosines
  • William (Chris) Schleicher (Doctoral Candidate); Lehigh University: Pumped-storage hydropower design and implementation in an urban setting
  • Heidi Smith (Doctoral Candidate); University of Idaho-Boise: Improving on hydropower mitigation success by refining predictions on grain motion

All 35 Fellows currently in the Hydro Research Foundation's program will be attending HydroVision International 2013 in Denver, Colo., in July.

The Fellows will be presenting their work during a special HydroVision International session that takes place Tuesday, July 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session is free, though those interested in attending are asked to register via the link here.

Since its inception, the Hydro Fellows program has funded 43 students at 23 universities. This year's fellowships are made possible by a $3.7 million five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Program.

Other program partners include the Avista Foundation, Knight Piesold and Co., the PennWell Corporation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydroelectric Design Center and Weir American Hydro.

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