Bullet Points

  • Our researchers are reimagining urban ecosystems to recycle water for increased economic productivity and healthier water systems. Learn more. 
  • University of Minnesota research is helping farmers manage irrigation, runoff and drainage waters to reduce pollutant loss; keeping our economy pumping and our waterways healthy. Learn more.
  • Minnesota’s rivers flow from the Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Our research helps protect Minnesota’s 92,000 miles of rivers from habitat loss, pollution, and bank erosion. Learn more.
  • Minnesota is home to over 17,400,000 acres of forests, which help to provide clean water for the state. Our researchers are developing new tools for forest and wetland management. Learn more.
  • If you count all the lakes in Minnesota down to ¼ acre, we have 4.6 million, with shoreland that is worth $80 billion. Our scientists work to protect this strategic resource. Learn more.
  • Lake Superior is one of five lakes on earth that contain more than half of the planet’s liquid surface freshwater. Through outreach, we share our expertise in large lake science with citizens across the state. Learn more.
  • Minnesota’s 130-year legacy of iron mining continues to support the growth of the nation. We research opportunities for economic mineral development while preventing impact on freshwater resources. Learn more.
  • Three out of four Minnesotans rely on groundwater for their drinking supply. Our scientists are researching the distribution and availability of groundwater to protect drinking water. Learn more.
  • Water drives our climate and sustains the world’s people and ecosystems. Our scientists study global water and design water solutions for every continent. Learn more.

Lian Shen

Lian Shen

Director of SAFL
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Lian Shen is the Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, the Director of the Fluid Mechanics Lab and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

He primarily works on the computational and theoretical study of fluid dynamics in areas including turbulence, boundary layers, water waves, multiphase flows, and flow-structure interaction. The projects originate from a wide range of applications, including mechanical engineering, environmental fluid mechanics, geophysical fluid dynamics, renewable energy, and biofluids; however, basic research aiming at the fundamental mechanisms in fluid dynamics is always a major theme.

His research is supported by NSF, DOE, ONR, NOPP, NOAA, and private industry. He received his Doctorate of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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