ASCE has honored Thanos Papanicolaou, Ph.D., F.ASCE, with the 2018 Hans Albert Einstein Award for connecting upland erosion to in-stream transport and geomorphology, and new theories on source provenance and connectivity predicting stochastic transport, bedload turbulent interactions, cohesive sediments, and sensor technology for prediction of movement.
Papanicolaou has published books, book chapters, and over 100 papers in reputable international journals, in addition to numerous conference papers and reports. His main research themes are river turbulence, channel mechanics, cohesive and noncohesive sediment dynamics, bedforms, stream restoration, catchment processes and their prediction and control, numerical modeling of fluvial phenomena at multiple scales, and advanced research facilities/instrumentation. Among the extensive outcomes of his research are the following accomplishments – step changes in the understanding of complex sediment phenomena:
• Innovative methodologies for hydraulic research, including computer vision techniques, fractal techniques, and stochastic simulations for sediment transport, fluidization, and turbulence studies
• Advanced concepts, parameterizations, and datasets for entrainment of noncohesive sediments
• Initiation and establishment of hydraulics of sediment clusters as a new research area
• Improved understanding and predictive capabilities for cohesive sediment dynamics in freshwater systems
• New classification of coherent structures in turbulent flows
• Novel eco-hydraulic solutions, such as fish bypasses for irrigation diversion canals
• New experimental methods and computer models for water quality and sediment dynamics at the scale of watersheds
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.