LOGAN — Blake Tullis, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Utah State University, will be awarded the 2016 Terry L. Hampton Medal from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.
The award will be presented Sept. 12 as part of the 2016 Dam Safety conference in Philadelphia. The award, established in 2007, recognizes achievements in the fields of hydrology and hydraulics.
Tullis is also an associate director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory, specializing in hydraulics and fluid mechanics. His connection to USU and the water lab runs deep. His father, J. Paul Tullis, was instrumental in developing the lab.
Blake Tullis worked at the lab as an undergraduate student of civil and environmental engineering from 1986 to 1990. He then earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined the USU faculty as a research assistant professor in 1997.
Tullis is a pioneer of labyrinth weir design — a recent innovation in dam construction that significantly improves safety and increases storage capacity. The new designs lead to an increase in hydropower output, irrigation capacity and improved municipal use all without affecting dam safety.