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Stefano Pagliara

University of Pisa

Tentative title: "How to write (and review) a research paper"

About the speaker:

Stefano Pagliara is Professor of Hydraulic Construction at the University of Pisa. He has been Fulbright Awardee (United States Government) in 1996-1997, STA Science and Technology Awardee (Japan Government) in 1997 and has conducted post-doctoral researches in the United States (University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign) and Japan (Public Work Research Institute, Tsukuba). He has been in charge for the managing and control of major rivers by the Regione Toscana. He is active in Hydraulic Constructions with experience on flood hydraulic and stream rehabilitation. He has published more than 200 scientific articles mainly on experimental hydraulic, hydraulic constructions and hydrology. He is actually Professor of Hydraulic Constructions at the Department of Civil Engineering University of Pisa. In 2001 he has been the scientific coordinator of the PRIN project on "River sistemation with low environmental impact structures". In 2003-2005 he spent several periods at the Polytechnic of Zurich for some experimental research on river structures. He is since 2004 president of the doctoral course on Civil Engineering.
He teaches Environmental hydraulic protection and Hydraulics at the University of Pisa. He has obtained the award as “outstanding reviewer” for the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE) in 2011 and of best reviewer for the years 2011-2013 for the Journal of Hydraulic Research.


Denis Aelbrecht

Electricté de France (EDF) - Hydro Engineering Center

Tentavive title: "Innovation and research serving an industrial project to increase hydraulic safety: reinforcement of EDF’s spillways (MRCD Project)"

About the speaker:

Dr Denis AELBRECHT works with Electricité de France (EDF) as Hydraulics Expert in the Hydro Engineering Center (CIH), located in Le Bourget du Lac (France). His current expertise activity covers Hydraulics and Civil engineering issues for power generation assets (hydro and nuclear): hydrodynamics modeling, flood control, dam-break wave modeling, sediment transport, spillway systems and hydraulic structures design, ocean energy development,…

He graduated from the National Hydraulics Engineering School in Grenoble in 1991 (INPG-ENSHMG), and got a PhD in Coastal Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the University of Grenoble in 1995. He joined EDF in 1995 as research-engineer at the National Hydraulics & Environmental Laboratory (LNHE) of EDF R&D, located in Chatou (France). He conducted consultancies and R&D activities in river and coastal hydraulics projects and contributed to the development of the TELEMAC hydro-informatics modeling system. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Project Manager with EDF R&D, through a loan-in assignment at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto (California, USA). He developed common projects with EPRI in a wide range of energy-related water issues before joining in 2007 the Hydro Engineering Center (CIH) of EDF in le Bourget du Lac (France) where he was Manager of the Hydraulics Engineering service before his current assignment. 

Denis AELBRECHT taught Coastal Hydraulics lectures at two Engineering Colleges in Paris from 1997 to 2004 (Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées). He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the “Société Hydrotechnique de France” (SHF), an active member of the French national committee on large dams (CFBR) and vice-chair of the ICOLD technical committee on “Global Climate Change, Dams and Reservoirs”.