Two engineering graduate students win Hydro Foundation Fellowship

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two Penn State engineering graduate students have been named recipients of elite fellowships from the Hydro Research Foundation.

The students, Hosein Foroutan, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, and Daniel Leonard, a doctoral student in engineering science and mechanics, were among 10 students named fellowship recipients.

The Hydro Research Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is designed to provide opportunities and benefits to outstanding early career graduate students. The fellowship includes a possible opportunity to work with an industry partner, a tuition allowance of up to $16,900 and a living stipend of up to $26,000 annually.

Foroutan’s work centers on simulation, analysis and prevention of vortex rope formation in hydraulic turbine draft tubes. His research aims to improve conventional and pumped storage hydropower technologies and operations.

Foroutan is advised by Savas Yavuzkurt, professor of mechanical engineering.

Leonard’s research focuses on computation of cavitating flow in hydroturbines. His efforts in designing hydroturbines and machinery with reduced cavitation may reduce material loss, vibrations and repair costs. Leonard’s work may also increase operational efficiencies and provide cost savings to the hydroelectric power industry.

He is advised by Jules Lindau, head of the advanced fluid-thermal modeling department in the Applied Research Laboratory.

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Last Updated April 22, 2013