Hydro Research Foundation announces new class of hydroelectric power researchers

The Hydro Research Foundation has announced the addition of 12 new Research Award Program recipients.

The award winners were selected from a pool of 45 applicants from 26 universities by a committee representing utilities, academia, industry and researchers to conduct research related to conventional and pumped-storage hydroelectric power. Those selected will begin their work with HRF as early as June.

Included in the new class of researchers are:

  • Tim DeWeese: University of Idaho, Quantifying Streamed Scour-Deposition Below Hydropower Dams Using Temperature Time Series Data
  • Matthew Erdman: Pennsylvania State, Modification to the Runner Blade to Improve Off-Design Efficiencies in Hydraulic Turbines
  • Matthew Fuller: Duke University, Optimizing Restoration Efforts for Endangered Species by Locating Dispersal Restriction Sites in River Networks
  • Jory Hecht: Tufts University, Statistical Methods for Evaluating Long Term Hydrologic Change: Applications to Hydropower Dam Safety and Environmental Flow
  •  Sami Khan: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, A Study of Novel Hydrophobic Rare Earth Oxide-based Coatings for Enhancing Longevity of Hydropower Water Conveyance Structures
  • Kevin Kircher: Cornell University, Coupling Hydropower, PV and Flexible Loads in a Carbon Free Microgrid
  • Kelly Kozdras: University of Washington, Modeling of Small Hydropower Plants Connected as a Microgrid
  • Daniel Lee: Oregon Institute of Technology, Water Start up Time Validation and Model Test of Spiral Cases
  • Kimberly Ogren: Oregon State University, Improving Water Governance Processes: Development an Evaluation Framework and Application to the Columbia River Treaty Reviews
  • Amelia Shaw: Vanderbilt University, Determination of Optimal Seasonal Operating Schemes for a Multi-Reservoir System Under Environmental Constraints
  • Jesse Thornburg: Carnegie Mellon University, Optimized Hydro Operation for Modular Microgrids in East Africa
  • Daniel Walker: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Lake Sturgeon Reproduction in the Upper Tennessee River: Investigating Potential Spawning Below TVA Hydroelectric Dams

HRF said more than 25 of the students currently working with the foundation will be attending HydroVision International 2014 in Nashville, Tenn., where new researchers will introduce their topics and previous classes will present their final findings in a special session held Tuesday, July 22.

Much of the funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Golden Field Office, which announced a grant sponsoring the awards in January.

The foundation also offers the Hydro Fellowship Program, which, since its inception, has supported 43 undergraduate students from 26 students across the United States.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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