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Ogden’s Work In Water Resources Recognized

July 19, 2016
UW Professor Fred Ogden poses by a stream for a portrait.
UW Professor Fred Ogden earned an international nod recently for his work.

University of Wyoming Professor Fred Ogden was recognized for his contribution to an academic paper by an international organization recently.

Ogden, the Cline Distinguished Chair and professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, was the lead author of “A new general 1-D vadose zone flow solution method,” a paper that appeared in Water Resources Research, a scientific journal. That publication, written with five co-authors, earned the “Coolest Paper of the Year” distinction from the Early Career Hydrogeologists Network (ECHN), a segment of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).

The “Coolest Paper Award” is a new award from ECHN-IAH that seeks the most amazing, inspirational, engaging, cool hydrogeology paper published every year. Ogden’s paper was one of six papers nominated from all journals published in 2015 on a topic related to water flow through rock and/or soil. 

One of the other nominated papers was co-authored by Kevin Befus, who will begin this fall teaching in the UW civil and architectural engineering department.

“The paper awarded was the one describing our breakthrough solution method for calculating the flow of water through unsaturated soil,” Ogden says. “The fact that other people around the world have recognized the unique nature of the work described in our paper, and deemed it to be the ‘coolest’ work described in all the papers nominated, is a real testament to the quality of work that folks are doing in hydrogeology and hydrology at the University of Wyoming.  Not only is our work innovative, but it is highly relevant and useful for understanding and or predicting the water cycle.”

The winning authors will be announced during the 43rd IAH International Congress in Montpellier, France in September 2016. Winners will be invited to deliver an oral presentation about the winning paper. The winning author also will receive a year’s free membership of IAH and an IAH book prize of his or her choice.


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