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Hung Tao Shen, associate dean and professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, is an internationally recognized expert in cold regions hydraulic engineering.

Shen has developed the transport capacity theory for frazil ice jams and the theory on dynamic ice transport and ice jams. He has also contributed to rheological formulations for river and sea ice dynamics. His research group has developed comprehensive computer models for river ice processes. These models have been applied to rivers worldwide.

In addition to cold regions hydraulics, he has introduced the Lagrangian mesh-free method to model hydraulic and transport processes, including oil spills and chemical transport models in rivers and lakes.

In 2007, Shen was recognized with the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)  Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award. The award is considered the most prestigious award in this field. Shen accepted the award and delivered the Hunter Rouse Lecture at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress that year.

Shen received his Ph.D. in Mechanics and Hydraulics from the University of Iowa in 1974. He then worked at the consulting company Sargent & Lundy in Chicago and joined the faculty of Clarkson University in 1976.

Shen served as the editor of the Journal of Cold Regions Engineering of ASCE. He is a recipient of the ASCE Harold R. Peyton Cold Regions Engineering Award (2000), the ASCE CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award (2000), and the Larry Gerard Medal of the CGU-Hydrology Section (2001).

He was also chosen by the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) to be the recipient of the IAHR Ice Research and Engineering Award for 2008.

Prof. Hung Tao Shen is an expert in cold regions hydraulics engineering.

Prof. Hung Tao Shen