Yevjevich, V M

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Vujica Yevjevich


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Vujica M. Yevjevich 1913 (Priboj, Serbia) - 2006 (Colorado, USA)

Biography[edit]

Vujica M. Yevjevich devoted his life to the study of hydrology. His impressive career spanned more than four decades and included projects in the United States and overseas. A professor of hydrology at Colorado State University's engineering department, Yevjevich also was an accomplished researcher, technical writer, international lecturer and consultant. Yevjevich was born in a small town in Yugoslavia on October 12, 1913. He attended the University of Belgrade from 1932 to 1936, specializing in water resources engineering with a concentration on hydrology and hydraulics. Yevjevich's education was interrupted when he served in the Yugoslavian Army from 1936 to 1938, carrying out various engineering assignments in Belgrade. After this service, he returned to school at the University of Grenoble in France.

When Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1939, Yevjevich was in England. He returned to Yugoslavia, where he worked as an engineer and was put in charge of a special section for planning the hydraulic works on the Vardar River. During the invasion of Yugoslavia by Germany, he was taken as prisoner of war. Yevjevich was held as a prisoner of war from 1941 to 1943 in both Germany and Italy. After the war he returned home to Yugoslavia to work for the Ministry of Public Works and Electric Power Authority.

Yevjevich's first teaching assignment was at the University of Belgrade, Civil Engineering Department in 1946. While he was teaching at the University he also became the director of a special institute for water resources which was active in designing dams, tunnels, hydroelectric power plants and other structures in Belgrade. Shortly before leaving his job at the University of Belgrade, he earned his doctoral degree.

Yevjevich traveled to the United States in 1956 and spent the next four years working as a visiting scientist for the U.S. National Bureau of Standards and for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C. Yevjevich traveled extensively throughout the United States and overseas. As a lecturer and consultant he visited many countries, including New Zealand, Ethiopia, India, Taiwan, China and Lebanon. Because of his water resources expertise, Yevjevich also worked as a civil consultant for the United Nations.

In 1960, Yevjevich accepted a position at Colorado State University in the engineering department. He spent the next 19 years teaching hydro-engineering, mainly to graduate students. He also held a joint appointment as Director of the International Water Resources Institute at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. During his life, he wrote over 200 papers and 23 books and co-founded, with his wife, a publishing company called Water Resources Publications.

Among his many accomplishments in academics and civil engineering, Yevjevich was recognized as one of the most influential engineers from Serbia and was elected to the Serbian Academy of Engineering. A museum in his hometown of Priboj, Yugoslavia, was named for him and, along with CSU and the University of Belgrade, will house many of his professional papers. In 1996 he was awarded the first Ven Te Chow Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his contributions in the field of stochastic hydrology.

Yevjevich passed away on March 26, 2006, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Victor Miguel Ponce recounts that Prof. Yevjevich had a good sense of humour. "Once he told a group of students that, judging by his own experience, if you were a hydraulics person, your progeny was going to be male; conversely, if you were a hydrology person, it was going to be female. For proof, he simply stated that he had three girls, while Simons was the father of three boys. Following this reasoning, if you work in both fields, as many civil engineers do, your progeny will be mixed. It did not take me too long to figure out that this was my case: I have a son and a daughter."

Hydrological Achievements[edit]

Vujica Yevjevich made important contributions to the development of stochastic hydrology and hydraulics through both his research, teaching and well-known text book..

He initiated the well-known series of Colorado State University Hydrology papers in the 1960s and founded the publishers Water Resource Publications.

Reference Material[edit]

Source: Colorado State University Guide to the papers of Vujica Yevjevich

Source: Hager, W, 2006, Hydraulicians in Europe 1800-2000, Volume 2, CRC Press.

Victor Miguel Ponce The Yevjevich Rule

Major Publications[edit]

Books

  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1966. Stochastic problems in design of reservoirs. Johns Hopkins Press.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1972, Probability and Statistics in Hydrology (reprint edition 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1887201605)
  • Mahmood, K. and Yevjevich, V M, 1975, Unsteady flow in open channels, Water Resource Publications, Fort Collins, CO.

+ many edited Symposium Proceedings published by Water Resource Publications including:

  • Yevjevich, V. (Ed.) Systems approach to hydrology, Water Resource Publications, Fort Collins.

Reports

  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1960. Flood routing methods: discussion and bibliography. US Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1963. Fluctuations of wet and dry years, I, Research data assembly and mathematical models, Hydrology Papers (Colorado State University) no. I.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1964. Fluctuations of wet and dry years, II. Analysis by serial correlation. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 4.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1965. The application of surplus, deficit and range in hydrology. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 10.
  • Roesner, L.A. and Yevjevich, V.M., 1966. Mathematical models for time series of monthly precipitation and monthly runoff, Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 15.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1967. An objective approach to definitions and investigations of continental hydrologic droughts. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 23.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1969. Properties of non-homogeneous hydrologic time series. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 32.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1972. Structural analysis of hydrologic time series. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 56.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1973. Area-time structure of the monthly precipitation process. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 64.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1975. Generation of hydrologic samples: case study of the Great Lakes. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 72.
  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1977. Fluctuations of wet and dry years: an analysis by variance spectrum. Hydrology papers (Colorado State University); no. 94.

Papers

  • Yevjevich, V.M., 1959. Analytical integration of the differential equation for water storage. J. Res. Nat. Bureau of Standards B, 63.
  • YEVJEVIC.V, 1967, MEAN RANGE OF LINEARLY DEPENDENT NORMAL VARIABLES WITH APPLICATION TO STORAGE PROBLEMS, WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 3(3) : 663-&
  • YEVJEVIC.V M, 1968, MISCONCEPTIONS IN HYDROLOGY AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES, WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 4(2) : 225-&
  • JOLLY, JP; YEVJEVIC.V, 1974, SIMULATION ACCURACIES OF GRADUALLY VARIED FLOW, JOURNAL OF THE HYDRAULICS DIVISION-ASCE, 100(NHY7): 1011-1030
  • Ponce, V.M. and Yevjevich, V., 1978. Muskingum-Cunge method with variable parameters. Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 104(12), pp.1663-1667.
  • Carlson, R.F., MacCormick, A.J.A. and Watts, D.G., 1970. Application of linear random models to four annual streamflow series. Water Resources Research, 6(4), pp.1070-1078.
  • SALAS, JD; BOES, DC; YEVJEVICH, V; et al., 1979, HURST PHENOMENON AS A PRE-ASYMPTOTIC BEHAVIOR,JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 44(1-2): 1-15
  • WU, YH; WOOLHISER, DA; YEVJEVICH, V, 1982, EFFECTS OF SPATIAL VARIABILITY OF HYDRAULIC RESISTANCE OF RUNOFF HYDROGRAPHS, JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 59(3-4): 231-248
  • YEVJEVICH, V; DYER, TGJ, BASIC STRUCTURE OF DAILY PRECIPITATION SERIES, 1983, JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 64(1-4): 49-67
  • DRESSLER, RF; YEVJEVICH, V, 1984, HYDRAULIC-RESISTANCE TERMS MODIFIED FOR THE DRESSLER CURVED-FLOW EQUATIONS, JOURNAL OF HYDRAULIC RESEARCH, 22(3): 145-156
  • YEVJEVICH, V; OBEYSEKERA, JTB, ESTIMATION OF SKEWNESS OF HYDROLOGIC VARIABLES, WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 20 (7): 935-943
  • OBEYSEKERA, JTB; YEVJEVICH, V, 1985, NOTE ON SIMULATION OF SAMPLES OF GAMMA-AUTOREGRESSIVE VARIABLES, WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 21(10): 1569-1572
  • HARMANCIOGLU, N; YEVJEVICH, V, 1987, TRANSFER OF HYDROLOGIC INFORMATION AMONG RIVER POINTS, JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 91(1-2): 103-118
  • YEVJEVICH, V, 1987, STOCHASTIC-MODELS IN HYDROLOGY, STOCHASTIC HYDROLOGY AND HYDRAULICS, 1 (1) : 17-36

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