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Awards / Honors

Faculty member in civil engineering awarded Lorenz G. Straub Award

April 14, 2010

Karan Venayagamoorthy, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado State University, has won the prestigious Lorenz G. Straub Award in an international competition which is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields.

CSU Professor Karan Venayagmoorthy (on right) is presented the Lorenz G. Straub award from Prof. Roberto Ballarini, head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Prestigious award for thesis work

Karan Venayagamoorthy, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU, has won the prestigious Lorenz G. Straub Award from the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota for his 2006 Ph.D. dissertation at Stanford University.

Established under the Lorenz G. Straub Memorial Fund, this award is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields.

International competition

The competition is international, and nominations may be made by any recognized civil and environmental engineering program in the world. Recipients are presented with a Straub Award medal, certificate and a monetary gift.

The recipient of the 2006 Straub Award is Subhas Karan Venayagamoorthy, who completed his Ph.D. work at Stanford University under the advisorship of Professor Oliver Fringer.

Distinction of presenting colloquium

Karan's Ph.D. title was “Energetics and dynamics of internal waves on a shelf break using numerical simulations." It was also a double honor for Karan when the Director of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos invited Karan to present the colloquium at the award ceremony. Typically this special colloquium is presented by a keynote speaker while the award winner is requested to give a brief presentation of his/her dissertation.

Research into dynamics of oceanic flows

At CSU, Dr. Venayagamoorthy is the principal investigator for a research project focusing on the dynamics and modeling of turbulent mixing in oceanic flows funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

For this current research, he is using the insights gained from his previous award-winning dissertation work to conduct an in-depth investigation on how nonlinear internal wave effects should be accurately accounted for in ocean general circulation models (where they are not explicitly resolved) through simple robust parameterizations.

Award presented early in April at University of Minnesota

The 41st Straub Award ceremony occurred on April 7, 2010 at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, during which Venayagamoorthy presented a seminar entitled "Probing the physics of internal waves on a shelf break using numerical simulations."

The award was presented to Karan by the head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Professor Roberto Ballarini. The award ceremony was held at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.


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