ASCE has honored Vladimir Nikora, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2017 Hans Albert Einstein Award for his outstanding theoretical and experimental contributions to the engineering profession in the field of cohesive sediment transport, turbulence structure, and alluvial river mechanics.
Nikora’s work has covered an enormous range of topics, touching on everything from fractal properties of meandering and braided rivers to the initiation, development, and equilibrium stages in dune dynamics. He is well-known for his outstanding contributions to the fields of cohesive sediment transport and turbulence over rough sediment beds. Many sedimentologists contend that his greatest offerings have come from his refinement of a conceptual basis of sediment transport theory. His fundamental approach to sediment transport processes has been compared to Hans Albert Einstein’s work in this area.
From an academic perspective, Nikora has an extensive published record in both the theoretical and experimental aspects of sediment dynamics in surface waters. His broad expertise expands from sediment transport fundamentals to turbulence structure applicable to sediment transport as well as sediment-induced bed roughness. As demonstrated through his extensive hydrologic research and engineering field studies, and as presented in his numerous publications, he has truly expanded our knowledge and understanding of these complex phenomena.
The Hans Albert Einstein Award is given to a member who has made a significant contribution to the engineering profession in the area of erosion control, sedimentation, and/or waterway development either in teaching, research, planning, design, or management.