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396486 - THE ST.ANTHONY FALLS LABORATORY: 80 YEARS OF PROGRESS Part 3. Recent Developments and Future Outlook

Monday, June 4
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Greenway CD
Co-Authors: Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Irvine, CA – Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine; Miki Hondzo, Minneapolis, MN – University of Minnesota- Twin Cities; Jeffrey Marr, Minneapolis, MN – University of Minnesota- Twin Cities; Chris Paola, Minneapolis, MN – University of Minnesota- Twin Cities; Fotis Sotiropoulos, Stony Brook, NY – Stony Brook University

This third of three parts of the history of the St Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) documents developments over the past 15 years. SAFL has evolved from a traditional hydraulic laboratory to a center for interdisciplinary fluid mechanics research with four major thrust areas: Earth-surface dynamics, impacts of environmental change, renewable energy, and human physiology and biomedical devices.

SAFL is a world leader in the areas of delta, watershed, and river research and marine hydrokinetic, and wind energy research and development. Highlights include: the NSF-funded National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), which established SAFL as a national center for Earth-surface research and education; the Outdoor StreamLab, which was built to host environmental research on the interactions between physical, chemical, and biological processes; and the EOLOS wind energy research consortium, which oversees a university-industry collaboration on wind energy research showcasing a 2.5 MW research turbine.

In 2011, SAFL transitioned from a facility under the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering to a college-wide (College of Science and Engineering - CSE) center for interdisciplinary research and education. This restructuring positioned the lab to better work with departments across the college and the entire university system and opened a clear path to growing new collaborations inside and outside the University.

From 2010 to 2013, SAFL underwent a major facility renovation that was enabled by a $7.1M grant from NSF’s Academic Research Infrastructure – Recovery and Reinvestment program and $9.1M from various UMN sources, including CSE. The renovation significantly upgraded the facility and research infrastructure, paving the way to many decades of continued research excellence.

SAFL has developed comprehensive strategic plans, including expanding faculty base, growing engineering staff capabilities, and cultivating long-term public and private partnerships. The Lab is well positioned to broaden its role as an international leader in interdisciplinary research and engineering.

Lian Shen

Director, Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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