The graduate program in Hydraulics and Water Resources at The University of Iowa prepares students for careers in hydraulics, hydrology, and water resources, by providing a strong theoretical and applied foundation, and a broad-based academic background, necessary for positions in engineering design, research, and academia. The program combines hydraulics, fluid mechanics, hydrology, and water resources, with elements from environmental engineering, meteorology, remote sensing and systems analysis, and related disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, electrical and computer science engineering, geology, and geographical information systems.
The Hydraulics and Water Resources curriculum is associated with IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, a world-renowned research institute. All the professors in the program are research engineers at the institute. IIHR, a leading laboratory in fluids-related fundamental and applied research, offers unique opportunities for students to participate actively in the research of real-world problems – including river health and restoration, hydraulic structures for urban water management and fish passage, and wind energy - providing interdisciplinary education for future leaders in science and engineering, and advancing knowledge in support of sustainable natural and engineered systems.
Most of the faculty members in the Hydraulics and Water Resources program are also part of the Iowa Flood Center, the only academic flood center in the nation. By training and educating a workforce knowledgeable in the flood-related sciences, the Iowa Flood Center provides students with the opportunity to work on improving flood monitoring and prediction capabilities, and on developing models for flood frequency estimation and real-time forecasting.