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Hydropower Foundation Student Research Findings

The research presented below was conducted through the Hydropower Foundation's Research Awards Program, which was designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers in conventional or pumped storage hydropower. In addition to the research presented below, the hydro STEM portal also hosts university research and student capstone projects . Click in the header cells below to sort the table columns.

Research Area Title Researcher University Link to File
Civil and Environmental Effect of Substrate Roughness, Slope, and Body Size on Climbing Behavior and Performance of Juvenile American Eels (Anguilla rastrata) Zahra Anwar University of Massachusetts, Amherst Link
Civil and Environmental Development and Operation of the Flow Measurement Accuracy Assessment Tool Mark Christian University of Tennessee-Knoxville Link
Civil and Environmental A Methodology to Assess the Value of Integrated Hydropower and Wind Generation Mitch Clement The University of Colorado-Boulder Link
Civil and Environmental Monitoring Streambed Scour/Deposition Using Non-Sinusoidal Water Temperature Signals and During Flood Events Timothy DeWeese University of Idaho Link
Civil and Environmental The Economic Feasibility of Pumped Storage Hydropower Lisa Dilley Washington State University Link
Civil and Environmental Integrated Water and Energy Systems Analysis Tool Development André Dozier Colorado State University Link
Civil and Environmental Managing Hydrologic Financial Risk in Hydropower Production with Index Insurance Contracts Ben Foster University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Link
Civil and Environmental Freshwater Mussle Landscape Genomics: Physical not Genetic Isolation in River Networks Matthew Fuller Duke University Link
Civil and Environmental Development of Ensemble-based probabilistic flood maps for Probable Maximum Flood Sudershan Gangrade University of Tennessee Link
Civil and Environmental Rock Scour Evaluation Using Block Theory and the Critical Key Block Concept Michael George University of California Berkeley Link
Civil and Environmental Euler-Euler Large Eddy Simulation of Two-Phase Dilute Bubbly Flows With Mass Transfer Across Phases Mohammad Haji Mohammadi Sani Abadi University of Minnesota Link
Civil and Environmental Coordinated Predictive Control of a Hydropower Cascade Andrew Hamann Carnegie Mellon University Link
Civil and Environmental Image Based Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling to Simulate Fluid Flow Around a Moving Fish Justin Hannon University of Iowa Link
Civil and Environmental Decision Trees for Incorporating the Likelihood of Excessive Hydrologic Alteration into Hydropower-Ecosystem Tradeoffs Jory Hecht Tufts University Link
Civil and Environmental Restoring Flow Regimes after Dam Construction and Operation: Evidence from Dynamic Systems Theory Michelle Hummel University of California-Berkeley Link
Civil and Environmental Influence of Deregulated Electricity Markets on Hydropower Generation and Downstream Flow Regime Jordan Kern University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Link
Civil and Environmental The Effects of Climate Change on the Water Resources and Hydropower Production Capacity of the Upper Colorado River Marina Kopytkovskiy Colorado School of Mines Link
Civil and Environmental Real-time Forecasting and Hydropower Optimization Jonathon Lamontagne Cornell University Link
Civil and Environmental Differing Contributions of Heavily and Moderately Glaciated Basins to Water Resources of the Eklutna Basin, Alaska Ann Marie Larquier Alaska Pacific University Link
Civil and Environmental Climate Change Impacts on Columbia River Stream Flow and Hydropower Production Matthew McDonald Washington State University Link
Civil and Environmental Financial Risk from Changing Lake Levels for Hydropower Producers on the Great Lakes Eliot Meyer University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Link
Civil and Environmental Study of Mass Transfer across Hydrofoils for Use in Aerating Turbines Garrett Monson University of Minnesota Link
Civil and Environmental Managing Complex Water Resource Systems for Ecological Integrity: Evaluating Tradeoffs and Uncertainty Ryan Morrison University of New Mexico Link
Civil and Environmental An Analysis of Partial-Depth, Floating, Impermeable Guidance Structures for Downstream Fish Passage at Hydroelectric Facilities Kevin Mulligan University of Massachusetts-Amherst Link
Civil and Environmental Internal Erosion Monitored by Spatial-Temporal Pore Pressure Changes During Full-Scale Field Experiments Minal Parekh Colorado School of Mines Link
Civil and Environmental High Resolution Measurements of the Mean Three-Dimensional Flow Field in a Natural River John Petrie Virginia Tech Link
Civil and Environmental Modeling Fish Passage and Energetic Expenditure for American Shad in a Steeppass Fishway using a Computational Fluid Dynamics Model Kathryn Plymesser Montana State University Link
Civil and Environmental Evaluation of Bar Rack Designs to Allow for the Downstream Passage of Silver American Eels at Hydropower Facilities Tresha Melong Price Worcester Polytechnic Institute Link
Civil and Environmental Quantification of Uncertainties in Snow Accumulation, Snowmelt, and Snow Disappearance Dates Mark Raleigh University of Washington Link
Civil and Environmental Determination of Optimal Operating Schemes for a Multi-Reservoir System Under Environmental Constraints Amelia Shaw Vanderbilt University Link
Civil and Environmental An Investigation into the Turbulence Parameter Responsible for the Onset of Grain Motion Heidi Smith University of Idaho Link
Civil and Environmental A Stochastic Dynamic Programming Approach to Balancing Wind Intermittency with Hydropower Sue Nee Tan Cornell University Link
Civil and Environmental Development of a Numerical Tool to Predict Hydrodynamics, Temperature and TDG in Hydropower Flows Yushi Wang University of Iowa Link
Civil and Environmental Mapping Lake Sturgeon Acipenser Fluvescens Spawning habitat in the Upper Tennessee River Using Side Scan Sonar Daniel Walker University of Tennessee-Knoxville Link
Civil and Environmental Erosion of Cohesive Sediment Due to Hydropower Releases Katherine Weidner Virginia Tech Link
Civil and Environmental Analytical and Numerical Investigation of an Air Entraining Hydraulic Jump Adam Witt University of Minnesota Link
Electrical Methodology to Reduce the Strain on Hydro Turbines Using Advanced Life Extending Control of Multiple Energy Storage Systems Sean Brosig Oregon State University Link Link
Electrical Experimentation of Synchronous and Variable Speed Small-Scale Hydropower Systems Elliott Jackson Oregon State University Link
Electrical Stochastic Energy Scheduling Adam Greenhall University of Washington Link
Electrical Modeling and Analysis of a Small Hydropower Plant and Battery Energy Storage System Connected as a Microgrid Kelly Kozdras University of Washington Link
Electrical An Advanced Study of Wind Power Variability on the Federal Columbia River Power System Kelcy Lajoie Oregon State University Link
Electrical Water Start Up Time Model Validation Test Daniel Lee Oregon Institute of Technology Link
Electrical Forecasting Tools for Run-of-River Hydroelectric Systems Nam Song University of Washington Link
Electrical Development and Experimental Hardware Validation of Novel Variable Speed Hydropower Control Schemes for Emerging Applications and Water Resource Paradigms Michael Starrett Oregon State University Link
Electrical Understanding Operational Flexibility in the Federal Columbia River Power System Karen Studarus University of Washington Link
Electrical Energy Storage and International Development Jesse Thornburg Carnegie Mellon University Link
Electrical Modeling Smart Microgrids for the Developing World with Probabilistic Supply and Demand Inputs Jesse Thornburg Carnegie Mellon University Link
Energy & Resources Pumped Hydroelectric Storage Balances a Solar Microgrid Kevin Kircher Cornell University Link
Energy & Resources Environmental, Economic, and Social Trade-Offs of Hydropower Relicensing: A Case Study of the Yuba River Development Project Joseph Rand University of California-Berkeley Link
Geography Water Governance Process Assessment: Evaluating the Link between Decision Making Processes and Outcomes in the Columbia River Basin Kimberly Ogren Oregon State University Link
Geology Reconstruction of Sediment Supply and Transport behind the Elwha River Dams Claire Beveridge University of Washington Link
Geology Determining the Tributary Sediment Contribution to the Experimental Flood Deposits on the Colorado River in Marble Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona Katherine Chapman Northern Arizona University Link
Geology Detecting lnternal Erosion in Earthen Dams Joy Foley Colorado School of Mines Link
Geology Investigation of Flow and Sediment Transport over RoR Dams, and Potential Effects on Upstream and Downstream Geomorphology, Sedimentation, and Aquatic Habitat Robert Queen Colorado State University Link
Geology Maximizing the Habitat Restoration Potential of Controlled Releases at Hydropower Dams: Understanding Impacts of Hydrograph Form on Sediment Transport Megan Kenworthy University of Idaho Link
Geology A Stratigraphic Approach to Characterize the Deposition and Storage of Organic Matter in Reservoir Sediments Laurel Stratton Oregon State University Link
Legal Operational Alternative Evaluation for the 2014/2024 Columbia River Treaty Review in a Participatory Modeling Framework Mark Cecchini-Beaver University of Idaho Link
Legal Hydropower Operations in the Colorado River Basin: Institutional Analysis of Opportunities and Constraints Surabhi Karambelkar University of Arizona Link
Materials Iron Bulk Amorphous Alloy Coating for Wear Damage of Turbine Surfaces Stanley Dittrick Washington State University Link
Materials Direct Laser Deposition of Porous Structures and Gradient Metal-Ceramic Composite Coatings Thomas Gualtieri Washington State University Link
Materials Hydrophobicity of Rare-Earth Oxide Ceramics and Their Application in Promoting Sustained Dropwise Condensation and Corrosion and Fouling Mitigation in Hydropower Systems Sami Khan Massachusetts Institute of Technology Link
Materials Surface-Reconditioning Additives Based on Solid Inorganic Nanoparticles for Environment-Friendly Industrial Lubricating Compositions Pavlo Rudenko Washington State University Link
Materials Design and Manufacturing Study of Hydroelectric Turbines Using Recycled and Natural Fiber Composites Marc Whitehead Oregon State University Link
Mechanical Identification of Spatial and Topographical Metrics for Micro Hydropower Applications in Irrigation Infrastructure Brian Campbell Colorado State University Link
Mechanical Pump-Storage Hydropower Design in a Wastewater Treatment Facility with an Aerating Runner, Additive Manufactured Material Analysis, and Testing of Hydrokinetic Turbine Runner Fred Carter Lehigh University Link
Mechanical Real-Time Condition Health Monitoring and its Application to Hydro Turbines Samuel Dyas Colorado School of Mines Link
Mechanical Convex Capital Cost Optimization: A Rwandan Case Study Philip Ebben Massachusetts Institute of Technology Link
Mechanical Modifications to the Runner Blade to Improve Off-Design Efficiencies of Hydraulic Turbines Matthew Erdman The Pennsylvania State University Link
Mechanical Simulation, Analysis, and Mitigation of Vortex Rope Formation in the Draft Tube of Hydraulic Turbines Hosein Foroutan The Pennsylvania State University Link
Mechanical Feature Selection for Monitoring Erosive Cavitation on a Hydroturbine Seth Gregg Colorado School of Mines Link
Mechanical Computation and Analysis of Cavitating Flow in Francis-Class Hydraulic Turbines Daniel Leonard The Pennsylvania State University Link
Mechanical Investigation of the Performance and Cost Benefits of Using a Magnetically Geared Generator for a Hydropower Generator Kang Li University of North Carolina-Charlotte Link
Mechanical Analysis of the Effects of Pre-Whirl on the Efficiency and Operating Range of Hydro Pumps Used in Pumped Storage Facilities Keith Martin The Pennsylvania State University Link
Mechanical Hydraulic Design and Optimization of a Modular Pump-Turbine Runner William Schleicher Lehigh University Link
Mechanical Renewable Energy Production from Water Distribution Systems Ilker Telci Georgia Institute of Technology Link
Mechanical Reduced Order Description of Experimental Two-Phase Pipe Flows: Characterizations of Flow Structures and Dynamics via Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Bianca Viggiano Portland State University Link






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