BYU Researchers Train Iraqi Engineers

   A duo of Brigham Young University engineering researchers specializing in water resources management just returned from Egypt where they trained Iraqi civil engineers to use cutting-edge software, quenching a thirst for more than just water. 

"I have yet to teach a group of students who literally hungered and thirsted after new knowledge -- especially with respect to technology -- like they did," said Jim Nelson, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at BYU, who was accompanied by BYU research associate Chris Smemoe. "It is like their lives were put on hold thirty years ago and finally they are free to pursue their own goals." 

Organized and sponsored jointly by the Egypt and Iraq offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Nelson's 10-day trip to Egypt was arranged to train Iraqi civil engineers on BYU-developed software that will help them to more effectively manage their country's water resources. 

Seventeen engineers representing all regions of Iraq were trained on BYU's Watershed Modeling System, software originally developed by Nelson, fellow professors Norman Jones and Alan Zundel, their research associates and numerous undergraduate and graduate research assistants. 

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