Fabián Bombardelli
Seeing is believing: Hybrid turbulence closures to explore the physics of flows past hydraulic structures
Dr. Fabián A. Bombardelli holds the Gerald T. and Lillian P. Orlob Endowed Professorship in Water Resources at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Bombardelli received a degree in Hydraulic Engineering from the National University of La Plata, Argentina; a Master degree in “Numerical Simulation and Control” by the University of Buenos Aires, also in Argentina; and a PhD by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Unites States. He has published in major research journals of physics, hydraulic engineering and water resources. He has more than 60 publications in these journals and more than 130 articles in total. Dr. Bombardelli is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Environmental Fluid Mechanics since 2011; Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (JHE), ASCE, since 2013; Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydro-environment and Research, since 2018; and member of the Review Committee of the Int. Journal of Sediment Research. Since January 2020, he is Section Editor of the JHE, ASCE. He is in addition Editor-in-Chief of the Ibero-American Water Journal (RIBAGUA). He has received numerous recognitions such as the Best Reviewer Award of the IAHR (2011), Outstanding Reviewer of the ASCE (2011), the Awards as Outstanding Advisor in Civil Engineering (ASCE, 2015), and Outstanding Advisor in Civil Engineering of the State of California (2015), the Young Alumni Award of the University of Illinois in 2015, Featured Article in Physics of Fluids (2018), and various awards as a student in Illinois. In Davis, 10 students have graduated with doctorates and 24 as a Master under the supervision of Prof. Bombardelli. He has also worked as a consultant for the government of Argentina and for the United Nations in Peru, in 2011 and 2013, proposing systems of cascades for the very polluted Matanza-Riachuelo, Buenos Aires.

Mike Phillips

Hydraulic Structures - Learning from Recent (Partial) Failures and the Opportunities they Present
Mike Phillips is a Senior Hydraulic Structures Engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center in Denver, Colorado, with 20 years’ in dams engineering, with expertise in hydraulic structures engineering and dam safety and risk assessment for dams. Prior to joining the Risk Management Center, Mike served as a hydraulic structure engineering consultant in the US and Australia. Mike has worked on or led the hydraulic design of spillways, outlet works, and appurtenant structures for more than 100 water storage dams, flood protection levees, flood detention dams, and mine tailings projects for projects in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Turkey, Colombia, and South Korea.


Xinqian (Sophia) Leng

Vegan’ Culvert: Application of hybrid modelling in modern hydraulic structures
Dr. Xinqian (Sophia) Leng’s research interests include physical and numerical (CFD) modelling of unsteady turbulent flows e.g. breaking waves, bores and positive surges, field investigations of tidal bores, and hydraulic design of fish-friendly culverts. Graduated in 2018 with a PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Queensland), She has authored/co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including 21 international journal papers and 16 conference proceedings. Dr. Leng is the recipient of the 2018 Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) Baker Medal, 2019 IdEx Post-doctoral Fellowship awarded by Université de Bordeaux (France) and is currently working at lab I2M, TREFLE (SITE ENSCBP), Université de Bordeaux. She was an invited speaker at Sichuan University International Young Scholars Forum, Water Resource and Hydropower session (May 2019), Chengdu, China.

Patricio Winckler

Multihazard analysis in hydraulic structures, including floods and tsunamis
Patricio Winckler is a member of the Ocean Engineering Group at Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile. He earned a Civil Engineering degree from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile (2002), a MSc. in Environmental Technology from University of Wolverhampton, England (2002), a Master in Port and Coastal Engineering at CEDEX, Spain (2004) and a PhD. in Civil Engineering with specialization in environmental fluid mechanics, at Cornell University, United States (2015). His research interests cover coastal, port and environmental engineering, tsunamis and climate change impacts on the coast. He has been a research fellow at the National University of Singapore (2016), at the Earthquake Research Institute at The University of Tokyo (2017-8) and visiting professor at various Latin-American universities. He has been awarded prestigious international scholarships, such as Fulbright (US), The Matsumae Foundation (Japan), Alpha Grant (EU) and Beca Chile and has published various scientific papers and books.