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Young Receives Regents Staff Excellence Award

Posted on May 20th, 2020

A portrait of Nathan YoungOn May 14, IIHR Research Engineer Nathan Young was one of six staff members honored with the 2019 Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award. Each year the Board of Regents honors faculty and staff at the University of Iowa for their extraordinary contributions and sustained record of excellence. Award recipients are honored at a special awards ceremony and celebration, though the 2019 award ceremony has been delayed due in part to COVID-19.

Iowa Flood Center Director Witold Krajewski says that Young (who also serves as associate director of the Iowa Flood Center and director of LACMRERS—the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station) makes contributions that are indispensable. “With his trademark calm demeanor and remarkable adaptability, Nate demonstrates real leadership and encourages collaboration among his colleagues. His work helps IIHR and IFC to advance and thrive.”

“The University of Iowa is the outstanding institution it is because of our incredibly talented and dedicated people, and these Regents Award recipients are a prime example of that fact,” says Montserrat Fuentes, executive vice president and provost. “Collectively, they have made extraordinary contributions to education and research, and they have had a tremendous positive impact on the university and the communities we serve. I am so pleased we have the opportunity to recognize them in this way.”

The faculty and staff award recipients were selected by committees appointed by shared governance in collaboration with UI administration and confirmed by the Regents.

Young crouches in front of a computer on the beachYoung completed his MS and PhD at UI in 2000 and 2006 respectively and returned in 2008 as a research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. He is also associate director of the Iowa Flood Center, and director of IIHR’s Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station. He was the primary investigator of the $12.5 million Iowa Statewide Floodplain Mapping Project, which developed floodplain maps showing the probability, extent, and depth of flooding in 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Young and his team developed flood inundation maps for 25 Iowa communities to help citizens better prepare for impending flooding, and he is currently helping to implement the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA), a $97 million statewide project helping redefine how river communities work together to address water quantity and quality issues. The IWA promises to serve as a model for the state and the Midwest.



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