Center of Expertise
Prof. Vladan Babovic
Associate Professor Vladan Babovic is a leading scientist in the field of hydroinformatics where he has been spearheading research in data-driven modelling research from early 1990s. In more recent years, his work on flexibility and real options pertaining to decision-making under deep uncertainties in water- and climate-related domains is starting to gain wider recognition.
In addition to being a leading researcher and educator, Vladan is a scientist entrepreneur who was instrumental in securing funding and subsequently lead establishment and managed growth of research institutes, such as Singapore Delft Water Alliance and NUSDeltares, both of which he is founding Director. In addition to this, Vladan serves as member of Board of Directors of Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) where he chairs Netherlands Water House (Singapore).
Vladan obtained his Ph.D. degrees from both UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1995. In 2001 he has obtained a business degree at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland). Prior to joining National University of Singapore, he was Head of Emerging Technologies at Danish Hydraulic Institute (1995-2002) and Senior Research Scientist at WL | Delft Hydraulics (2003-2005).
Vladan is an active member of several professional associations, such as International Water Association, International Association for Hydraulic Research, International Association of Hydrological Sciences and American Society of Civil Engineers. He is recipient of number of International Awards and serves on scientific boards of range of journals and conferences.
One of Vladan's passions is creating enthusiasm towards water related issues among students and community in general. Establishment of IAHR Student Chapter at the National University of Singapore; Van Kleef Aquatic Science Centre @ Sungei Ulu Pandan and Singapore Netherlands Water Challenge are but few initiatives he has spearheaded.
Prof. Glen Kowach
Prof. Glen Kowach completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his doctorate from Cornell University while working in the laboratory of Prof. Francis DiSalvo in the area of synthesis, crystal growth, and physical properties of solid-state nitrides. Immediately thereafter, he joined the staff at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies and expanded his research into the area of thin films for microelectronics, single crystals for optics, and negative thermal expansion ceramic composites for telecommunication applications. He was promoted to the position of Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. Approximately ten years ago, he joined the faculty at The City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) as an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Graduate Center of CUNY. Prof. Kowach held the positions of co-Director of the Electron Microscopy Facility and co-Director of the X-ray Diffraction Facility. In 2008 he was elected as the Chair of the General Chemistry program.
In addition, he is the President of the American Association of Crystal Growth-MidAtlantic Section. Prof. Kowach is currently the vice-chair of the Chemistry Department. The research of Prof. Kowach encompasses the fields of solid-state inorganic chemistry and condensed matter physics. Primarily, his focus is on the synthesis of novel materials including the deposition of crystalline and amorphous thin films (zinc oxide and strontium titanium alloys), growth of single crystals (zirconium tungstate and transition metal phosphides), fabrication of nanocomposite glasses (barium titanate incorporated into multicomponent silicate glasses), and exploration of novel electronic, magnetic and optical materials (dilute magnetic semiconductors and electro-optics). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation for manganese-substituted semiconductor materials. He has authored over 35 peer-reviewed articles, a book chapter and holds 7 patents.
He participated on a committee of the National Research Council, and he was selected for the Frontiers of Engineering by the National Academy of Engineering. Prof. Kowach received the highest award for young authors from the American Association of Crystal Growth in 2005. In 2008 he received the CCNY Outstanding Teacher Award in 2008 and the Provost's Prize for Pedagogical and Curricular Innovation in 2012.
Prof. Kim Irvine
Kim Irvine is a Professor in the Geography and Planning Department at Buffalo State, State University of New York and has been in the department for 26 years. He is the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Environment and Sustainable Development at Buffalo State and also is an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Engineering and Management program at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok. He has had positions as a hydrologic scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District and a visiting scientist at Environment Canada's National Water Research Institute.
Currently he is on sabbatical at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of water quality, sanitation, and water resources management, with projects based in North America, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. He teaches courses in Hydrology, Quantitative Methods, Urban Planning Agencies and Issues, Environment and Sustainable Development Issues in Southeast Asia, Ecosystem Dynamics, Resource and Environmental Management, Urban Environmental Planning and Management, and Wastewater Treatment and Collection System Design.
Prof. Wim Uijttewaal
Wim’s curiosity is triggered by the great consequences of turbulence as we find them in our daily life. Whether it is the ever changing weather patterns, the mixing of olive oil with vinegar in making a salad dressing, or the incredibility shaped plan-forms of natural rivers. All large-scale mixing and transport processes are governed by the complex turbulent motions, that work sometimes in our advantage but can often be a nuisance as in the case of e.g. cycling against the wind.
After an MSc-study in Applied Physics and a PhD-study in Medical Physics, Wim Uijttewaal became involved in the research field of turbulent mixing and transport processes. In 1995 he joined the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at the Delft University of Technology, as an assistant professor performing experimental research in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. With much experience in experimental research and knowledge of turbulent processes he holds the chair of Experimental Hydraulics at TUDelft since 2009 and is responsible for the experimental research at the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. He initiated the conference series on Shallow Flows, and (co)organised many other conferences in the field of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering. Over the past years his research scope has widened ranging from sediment transport and river morphodynamics to stability of breakwaters and the interaction between flow and vegetation.