Special Session on:
Honoring the Career and Contributions of University of Illinois Alumnus, George Pinder


Mike Celia, Princeton University

Featured Speakers:

Linda Abriola, Tufts University
David Ahlfeld, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
William Gray, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Martinus van Genuchten, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


George received his Ph.D. in 1968 from the Department of Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has gone on to an amazing career at the USGS, Princeton University, and the University of Vermont. In 1976 George Pinder and Bill Gray convened the “International Conference on Finite Elements in Water Resources” at Princeton University. This was the first in the biennial series of highly successful conferences that continues to serve as the pre-eminent forum for researchers working at the cutting edge of development and application of advanced computational techniques to water resources. George continued his dedication to the conference series by serving as a member of the permanent organizing committee through the 16th meeting in 2008. The University of Illinois is pleased to welcome our distinguished alumnus back for the 19th International Conference on Water Resources in Engineering.

George is one of the founding figures in application of computational methods to problems of fluid flow in the subsurface. He has authored many important texts, was founding editor of the journal Advances in Water Resources, and has educated and mentored doctoral students who have become distinguished scholars and leaders. These colleagues and former students are honored to speak at this special session.

Papers and Abstracts:

Coupled Hydrologic and Geophysical Inversion for Characterization of Nonaqueous Phase Source Zones
Alireza Aghasi, Itza Mendoza-Sanchez, Eric Miller, Linda Abriola

Groundwater management models: balancing model sophistication with practical application
David Ahlfeld

George F. Pinder??!!
William Gray

Attempts at describing nonequilibrium vadose zone flow and transport processes at the field scale
Martinus Van Genuchten