Yong G. Lai

Specialist Hydraulic Engineer
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Yong Lai obtained his engineering Ph.D. in 1990 from the Arizona State University and has since been involved in numerous research and engineering projects. At his current position at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, he serves as a team leader and modeling expert in flow hydraulics and hydrology, sediment transport, geomorphic processes, reservoir sedimentation, watershed runoff/erosion, temperature and water quality. Dr. Lai has worked on rivers throughout the United States and internationally, and he is an expert in 2D and 3D computer model development and applications. Several of his models have been widely used such as SRH-2D and U2RANS. He is the lead author of the widely used SRH-2D model. Dr. Lai has provided short-courses on how to use SRH-2D for hydraulic and sediment transport modeling at various locations.

Prior to joining Reclamation, Dr. Lai was a senior research staff and adjunct associate professor at the IIHR – Hydroscience and Engineering, the University of Iowa, in charge of diverse projects. He has supervised more than ten graduate students in carrying out various research projects, and taught graduate-level courses. He has published more than thirty professional papers in international Journals, as well as more than fifty conference papers in diverse engineering areas.


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