Hydrodynamic Modeling at the University of Oklahoma
Dr. Randall Kolar

Dr. Kolar is the head of the hydrodynamic modeling group at the University of Oklahoma. He is also an associate professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, and he teaches courses in environmental engineering, open channel hydraulics, and numerical methods. His research interests center on quantitative solutions to environmental problems.

Below is an abbreviated version of his academic and research histories. For an extended version, please see his Curriculum Vita.

Contact Information:

Randall L. Kolar

School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
University of Oklahoma
202 W. Boyd, Room 334
Norman, OK 73019-0631

Voice: (405) 325-4267
Fax: (405) 325-4217

Research Interests:

Dr. Kolar's research focuses on the following areas:
  • volumetric averaging to develop and study conservation laws for surface water hydraulics and flow in porous media,
  • algorithm development and numerical analysis,
  • finite elements in water resources,
  • hydrodynamic modeling of coastal waters - barotropic and baroclinic circulation, with applications ranging from storm surges to larvae transport,
  • river morphology,
  • high performance computing,
  • infiltration modeling,
  • field and laboratory studies to test infiltration models,
  • transport in the unsaturated zone,
  • and microscale sorption models.
He has authored 16 journal articles and a number of book chapters, conference proceedings, and other articles. He has also participated in more than 90 conference presentations. His work has appeared in Advances in Water Resources, the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids and the Journal of Engineering Education.

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
June 2001 to Present

Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
August 1995 to June 2001

Assistant Professor
University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
September 1993 to July 1995

Dr. Kolar has also taught courses at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Idaho. From 1983 to 1987, he worked as a consulting engineer for JUB Engineers.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Advisor: William G. Gray
April 1992

B.S., Civil Engineering
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
May 1983

B.S., Mathematics
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
May 1983

Curriculum Vita
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