ASCE has honored Blake P. Tullis, Ph.D., F.EWRE, M.ASCE, with the 2018 Hydraulic Structures Medal for significant contributions to hydraulic engineering in the areas of nonlinear weir spillway design, air vent sizing small embankment dam bottom outlets, culvert hydraulics, fish passage, and physical modeling in support of hydraulic structure engineers through applied, innovative, hands-on design courses.
Tullis has spent the last 20 years teaching/mentoring undergraduate and graduate engineering students in fluid dynamics, hydraulic structure design, and pipeline design. He has supervised over 36 M.S. and Ph.D. students working in applied hydraulic structure research. The research topics most closely related to hydraulic structures have been
1. Labyrinth and piano key weir spillway hydraulics
2. Submerged ogee, labyrinth, and piano key weir hydraulics
3. Weir nappe vibration
4. Air vent sizing for small to medium-sized embankment dams
5. Culvert hydraulics
6. Fish passage through culverts
The Hydraulic Structures Medal is awarded to an individual or individuals for significant contributions to the advancement of the art and science of hydraulic engineering as applied to hydraulic structures.