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You are here : IAHR Council : 2015-2017 Council Election : Mohamed Ghidaoui

For Council Member Asia and Pacific

Prof. Mohamed S. Ghidaoui

Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, China

Mohamed S. Ghidaoui, born on August 24th, 1964 in Tunisia, received the BASc, MASc and Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of Toronto, Canada. Since 1993, he is with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), where he is a Chair Professor. Ghidaoui is a Member of IAHR and of ASCE. He is the Chair of the IAHR Fluid Mechanics section, and a founding chair of the new IAHR section on fast transients. He served as the chairman of the IAHR-Hong Kong Chapter from 2004 to 2007 and was one of its founding members. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Research (2003-present); the Journal of Hydro-environment Research, IAHR-APD Journal (2007-present); and the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE (2014-present).  He served as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Hydroinformatics, IAHR (2000-2013). His awards include the Arthur Ippen Award (2007), Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, NZ, and the Albert Berry Memorial Award, American Water Works Association. His many involvements with IAHR and its activities are summarized in Appendix I and his short CV is given Appendix II.


As council member,  
  1. I will play an active role in consolidating the IAHR Beijing office, where I will leverage my links with the international community, the hydraulics community in China and Asia.
  2. I plan to revive the IAHR links with Africa, where I will build on the successful session “Challenges and Issues in Water Resources Management in Africa: past and present” which I organized at the 35th IAHR Congress in China. There is a significant number of African students studying hydraulics in Asia and strong links between hydraulicians in Asia and Africa. I will work actively with the IAHR Beijing to tap these links and bring a strong link between IAHR and Africa.  
  3. I will build a link between the pipeline hydraulics community and IAHR. The pipeline community is large and organizes a number of conferences that often bring around 200 people. According to the data shown at the 2013 IAHR congress by Willi Hager this group is also the 2nd most papers to Journal of Hydraulic Research. Yet, this group is, by and large, not a part of the IAHR family. Since a part of my research is in the pipeline field and I know this community well, I would like to build links between this community and IAHR. They are hydraulicians and IAHR would be the natural home for them.