At the annual University Conference, BYU honored three Civil Engineering professors for their research and development of software that simulates ground water and surface water systems. Professors Norman L. Jones, E. James Nelson and Alan K. Zundel each received a Technology Transfer Award.
Dr. Norman L. Jones is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 and joined the BYU faculty in 1991. He has authored 91 publications and was the recipient of the 2001 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. His research area is computer simulation of ground water and aquifers. Dr. Jones is the director of the Environmental Modeling Research Laboratory.
Dr. Jim Nelson is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has worked in the EMRL (formerly ECGL) since 1987 as a student, research manager, and now faculty member. He received his Ph.D. from BYU in 1994 and joined the faculty in 1996. He has authored 55 publications and involved students in mentoring projects around the world; including Jordan, Egypt, China, and Chile. His research area is in hydrologic modeling and characterization of watersheds using digital terrain models.
Dr. Alan K. Zundel is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has worked in the EMRL (formerly ECGL) since 1986. He received his Ph.D. from BYU in 1994 and joined the faculty in 1996. He has authored 38 publications and has taught short courses in various countries including China and Malaysia. His is also involved in student mentoring projects in China and Chile. His research area is numerical hydraulic modeling and computer graphics.
Drs. Jones, Nelson, and Zundel are members of the Environmental Modeling Research Laboratory (EMRL). They are assisted in their research by ten full-time research associates and thirty graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Their primary research sponsor in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other sponsors include, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Highway Administration. They have been the principal investigators on over $6,200,000 of sponsored research. This research has resulted in the development of three computer programs for computer simulations of ground water and surface water systems. The EMRL software is used by approximately 10,000 organizations in over 90 countries. In recent years, Jones, Nelson, and Zundel have been involved in humanitarian projects to provide modeling software and training for engineers and scientists in China and the Middle East.