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Keith W. Bedford Travel Award

The Keith W. Bedford Endowed Scholarship Fund was established June 6, 2008, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, in accordance with the guidelines approved by the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Foundation, with gifts from friends, family, colleagues, and alumni.

The annual distribution from this fund shall provide support for travel scholarships for graduate students in The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, to attend a science or engineering conference to present a paper in order to benefit their career and enhance their visibility within the professional community.

Professor Emeritus Keith W. Bedford was a faculty member at Ohio State for 33 years. He has over 200 publications and an outstanding national and international reputation in the area of coastal and environmental engineering, specifically for his research in environmental fluid mechanics and transport phenomena. He was an originator of the ASCE co-sponsored Estuarine and Coastal Modeling Conference. 

Along with his graduate students, he performed award winning research in the areas of turbulence model structure and formulation; created new acoustic instrumentation necessary to remotely and directly measure for the first time sediment entrainment and resuspension in coastal and estuarine water bodies; and created the first coastal forecast system to make operational regular predictions of currents, temperatures, and trace constituents in coastal water bodies. Keith received national awards, including the ASCE Karl Emil Hilgard Prize, the ASCE Huber Prize, the ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award, and the American Meteorological Society Special Award. As department chair of CEGE, he brought his integrative skills to restoring the research vitality of department.