James F. Jakobsen Award Winner Spotlights, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 Conference Winners!

At the 13th Annual James F. Jakobsen Conference, the following University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Students won awards for their graduate work. Please browse their profiles and get to know winners a little better.

Seyed Mohammad Hajimirzaie

Seyed Mohammad Hajimirzaie
Home Country: 
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
I love to listen to music and reading books.
Who is your most significant mentor?: 
James Buchholz. His patience and keen insights have helped me through many challenges and made this a very rich experience. I will do well if I can use part of what he has taught me.
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
Cold weather!
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
M. S.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Hydraulics and water resource engineering
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
Shiraz university
Civil & Environmental Engineering
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
Ph. D.
Area of Specialty: 
Enviromental hydraulics
Brief thesis project description: 
Our work examines the hydrodynamics of flow around small aspect ratio obstacles, such as mussels. It is motivated by the need for a better understanding of transport mechanisms in fresh water mussel populations.We found something interesting that no one has seen before.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
James Buchholz and Larry Weber
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
To be a teacher.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
Because it has one of the largest best group in the world in water engineering called IIHR: Iowa institute of hydraulics research
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
I plan on completing post-doctoral work after I complete my PhD. From there I am interested in working for a consulting engineer.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
Working at IIHR has become an integral part of my day. I absolutely love it! The best experience I have had at a IIHR anywhere.
Significant Honors and Achievements
Significant Honors [1]: 
First rank in Engineering graduate students poster in 9th Annual College of Engineering Research Open House, April 2011
Significant Honors [2]: 
Award of popular choice in 9th Annual College of Engineering Research Open House, April 2011.
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
less stressful than other conference.