Robert Ettema, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Hans Albert Einstein Award for his international recognition in advancing insight and engineering methods regarding sediment transport processes at bridge waterways and other hydraulic structures, sediment transport under ice cover and river morphology, and for promoting river mechanics education and history.
Full professor of civil and architectural engineering at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming, Ettema is one of the most distinguished scholars of our generation, and someone whose name is readily associated with the giants of the field of ice mechanics. However, his most significant contribution may well be in the area of sediment transport, particularly in rivers under ice cover, and in Chapter 13 of the Sedimentation Manual MoP 110 he clearly explains all the parameters that influence sediment transport in ice-covered channels.
Ettema, who received his Ph.D. in civil engineering at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1980, has also made contributions to the types of bed form configurations in cold waters. Serving as a role model for the hydraulic engineering community, his resume is filled with a tremendous list of excellent refereed papers and conference presentations.
Editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, he is one of the strongest proponents of experimental research, both as a scholar carrying out experiments and as an administrator seeking funding to support experimental facilities and hydraulics laboratories. His contributions are very much in line with the spirit of experimental research that Hans Albert Einstein inspired.