Mário Franca


Mário Franca is Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin Development at TUDelft and IHE Delft. Before joining IHE and TUDelft, he held academic positions at EPFLausanne, New University of Lisbon and University of Coimbra. He served in many instances as consultant in hydraulic engineering and was head of department in an engineering company, having participated and directed projects on dams, hydropower, water supply, river engineering, drainage, mining sites, emergency planning and safety of hydraulic infrastructures.


Mário's research focus on river hydraulics; turbulent processes in open channel flows; fluvial geomorphology and morphodynamics; density currents; and non-conventional hydropower production in supply networks. Recently he is interested also on the global impact of hydraulic natural and built structures.


S-MULTISTOR Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to meet Water, Food, and Energy Development Goals: A Program for Collaborative Research and Innovation, funded by the Programmatic Cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft (2017-2020). PI.

HydroPC: Operational hydrological forecasting using publicly available data and free cloud-based technologies (Mozambique), funded by World Bank.

Hydropower solutions for developing and emerging countries (HYPOSO), funded by European Commission, Horizon 2020 (2019-2023)

Augmenting grid stability through low-head pumped hydro energy utilization and storage (ALPHEUS), funded by European Commission, Horizon 2020 (2020-2024)

Other Activities

  • Associate editor of Water Resources Research (AGU)
  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee of River Flow 2020, River Flow 2014 and River Flow 2006
  • Member of the leader team of the Fluvial Hydraulics Committee of the IAHR – International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research.
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of The Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR)

Mário Franca

Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin Development

Secondary company: IHE Delft Institute for Water Education