Stephen E. Silliman, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the 2011 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer by the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation. As the 2011 lecturer, Silliman will present a series of lectures on groundwater hydrology to numerous host institutions throughout the 2011 calendar year.
Silliman’s expertise is in groundwater flow and transport in heterogeneous media, stochastic hydrology and water resource development and management in developing countries. Most recently, his work has focused on groundwater development and protection strategies based in both the United States and Western Africa, with an established research program in Benin, West Africa, forming the foundation of these efforts. This work involves numerical and in-country field efforts involving both undergraduate and graduate students working in close collaboration with faculty and students from the national university in Benin. His research has been supported by a number of agencies, ranging from the U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation to private foundations.