Arthur Mynett PhD

Emeritus Professor in Hydraulic Engineering


Prof Arthur Mynett (1950) is Emeritus Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Hydroinformatics at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Delft University of Technology. He received his MSc degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University (1976) and ScD degree in Hydrodynamics & Coastal Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980). He was employed at Delft Hydraulics (1980-2010) and at IHE Delft (1985-2015) and continues to be involved in education, research and capacity development activities around the world. He is a lifetime member of IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research and Academic Advisor to the China Europe Water Platform project on water & urbanisation.

Prof Mynett has over 40 years of experience in research and consultancy and more than 30 years in education, training, and capacity development including teaching and student supervision at the MSc and PhD level. He has been engaged for well over 20 years in national and international projects in fields ranging from hydraulic engineering design to software development and river basin management. He has considerable experience in corporate research management including business development and financial management.

At Delft Hydraulics he worked in the Maritime Structures branch as well as in the Harbours, Coasts and Offshore division before becoming director of the Strategic Research & Development department. In that department he and his colleagues were actively engaged in advancing numerical simulation methods and developing integrated software systems, including remote sensing and data assimilation methods. He has led several national and international joint institute projects related to applications of new concepts like building with nature, flood resilience, disaster risk reduction, room for the river, and delta technologies.

At IHE Delft he first served as guest lecturer before becoming professor of Environmental Hydroinformatics (1997) and later chair professor of the Hydraulic Engineering & River Basin Development group (2010). He served as full professor and head of the Water Science & Engineering department (2011-2015). He received numerous international appointments and awards, including visiting professorships at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, the Chinese Academy of Science, Sichuan University in Chengdu, and was appointed Honorary Professor at the Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, China (2015).

Prof Mynett has been actively engaged in IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research) where he served as secretary and chair of the Hydroinformatics Committee, chair of the Technical Division on Hydraulics He was elected on Council where served uninterruptedly from 2005-2017. He was chair of the LOC of the 36th IAHR World Congress held in 2015 in Delft / TheHague in the Netherlands and was awarded IAHR Life Time Member in 2015. In addition to IAHR, Prof Mynett has been actively engaged in several other professional water associations like IWA, IAHS, ASCE-EWRI and IACRR, striving to achieve synergies amongst the various international water associations and stimulating cross-cutting young professional networks (YPNs).

His research interests are in river and coastal engineering, flood risk management, water-related hazards, environmental hydroinformatics and ecohydraulics.


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