The family of Professor Edward Silberman established this fellowship fund in honor of their father, to endow a lasting legacy in his name to provide fellowships to students at the University of Minnesota's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. Silberman earned his B.S. and M.S. from the Department of Civil Engineering in the mid 1930s. He started his career at SAFL in 1946 and took over the directorship of SAFL in 1963 after the death of founding director Lorenz Straub. Over the next decade Silberman worked tirelessly to build the foundation of excellence from which SAFL's successes of today are founded. He retired as Professor Emeritus at the end of 1981.
Silberman's research interest has been in the area of fluid mechanics, especially on boundary layers, turbulence and cavitation, and in water resources management. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 publications based upon his research efforts. The coursework he taught related to his interestes in fluid mechanics and water resources management.
The family made this gift to honor the lasting contributions of their father to SAFL and in celebration of his 90th birthday.