Environmental Policy

Larry Weber

  • Distinguished Faculty Affiliate, Environmental Policy Research Program
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Larry Weber holds the Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics at the University of Iowa College of Engineering. From 2004–2017, Weber served as the director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa, a world-renowned research institute focusing on education, research, and public service in hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics. In 2009, he became one of the co-founders of the Iowa Flood Center. 

Weber’s research interests are broadly focused on fish passage facilities, physical modeling, river hydraulics, hydropower, computational hydraulics, and ice mechanics. Specifically, he focuses on the design of fish passage facilities by combining hydrodynamic data and biological data on fish response. Weber and his team apply computational fluids dynamics codes to natural river reaches and hydraulic structures to develop detailed fish passage facilities design. 

Weber serves the state of Iowa as a member of the Water Resources Coordinating Council. He also serves on numerous state and federal agency committees related to water resources planning. Weber frequently presents to community groups on water resources–related topics.


Educational Background

  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1993
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1990