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Exploring “River Mechanics – Linking Engineering & Society”

For Release Upon Receipt - January 24, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Professor Gyan Shrivastava sees rivers as “authors of their own geometry.” On Thursday January 30, Shrivastava will outline the basic conceptual framework of River Mechanics, as The Open Lectures Committee of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine hosts his Professorial Inaugural Lecture titled “River Mechanics - Linking Engineering and Society”

River Mechanics applies the conservation laws of mass, energy and momentum for the study of varied flow in rivers; and provides the analytical tools for the optimal design of river-based civil engineering works. This lecture will demonstrate, through examples in the Caribbean, how River Mechanics links engineering and society for sustainability, progress and prevention.

Shrivastava is Senior Lecturer and Professor of Coastal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering. A national of India, he is also former Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was awarded a BPTT Fellowship to the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. He sees rivers as major interest to civil engineers for water supply, irrigation, bridge construction, power generation, navigation, drainage, and wastewater effluent disposal.

The lecture will be held at Engineering Lecture Room 1, Block 13, Max Richards Building, Faculty of Engineering from 5:30pm. All are invited.

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

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