Hydraulics Expert Earns Fellow Status

March 6, 2017


Terry W. Sturm, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a prominent researcher, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Sturm Fellow SidebarSturm, a licensed professional engineer, teaches a graduate course sequence in open-channel hydraulics and sediment transport. In addition, he has taught continuing education courses on river hydraulics, culvert design, and bridge scour. His most recent experimental research centers around the sediment-water interface in natural watercourses and the hydrodynamic processes that occur there, such as flow resistance, cohesive sediment resuspension, and local bridge and spillway scour.

He is a Life Member of ASCE, and from 2010 to 2014 served as Chief Editor of ASCE’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. In 2016 he received the Hilgard Prize as coauthor of the best technical paper in that same journal, and during his tenure he received the ASCE-EWRI Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award. He is the author of numerous research publications on thermal hydraulics, open-channel flow resistance, compound-channel hydraulics, bridge abutment scour, and resuspension of cohesive sediments, and he has written a textbook on open-channel hydraulics, published by McGraw-Hill, that is in its second edition.

Sturm’s research has been supported by the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, among other agencies. In 2008, he was named the Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education by the Georgia Engineering Alliance.

He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in mechanics and hydraulics from the University of Iowa, at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research.

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