Dr. Kersi S. Davar

After earning his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Bombay University in India, Dr. Davar went on to Colorado State University earning Masters and PhD degrees in 1957 and 1961. Dr. Davar then came to Canada and took on the position Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Dr. Davar moved up to Full Professor in 1968 and continued at the University of New Brunswick until his retirement in 1990. He specialized in Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Water Resources Planning & Management. In addition, he was one of the first academics in Canada to focus on River Ice Science and Engineering.

In addition to having the Davar Medal created in his honour, and being its first recipient in 2009, Dr. Davar received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Water Resources Association in 1991. This award recognized his outstanding contributions to development and management of water resources in Canada, in particular for establishing and chairing the Subcommittee on Hydraulics of Ice Covered Rivers which ultimately evolved into the Committee on River Ice Processes and the Environment (CRIPE). Dr. Davar was also recognized by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in 2002 for contributions to the advancement of hydrotechnical engineering in Atlantic Canada.

After retirement, Dr. Davar continued to serve as a Professor Emeritus and offered leadership in an advisory role to the CRIPE. Sadly, Dr. Davar passed away in January 2015. He will be greatly missed by his CRIPE colleagues.

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