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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU is internationally recognized for our research, education, and outreach focused on providing sustainable and resilient solutions to improve the quality of life for all society. The Department values and appreciates diversity, and believes that diversity in our Department and on our campus strengthens our entire engineering and scientific community. Accordingly, we welcome to our community as equal contributors all who share our goal to improve society regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, age, socioeconomic status or nationality. (Last revised 12/06/2016)

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Summer Outreach Program funded by Dr. Peter Nelson CAREER Grant

Summer Outreach Program

Earlier this month, 10 high school students waded through Spring Creek sampling fish and insects as part of a summer outreach program in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.

The program is funded through a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant awarded to Peter Nelson. CAREER awards are given "in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization."

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CSU Water Center announces 7 Grant Recipients

"The CSU Water Center has selected four multi-disciplinary teams and three individual faculty members as recipients of competitive grants totaling $129,553 for 2017-18. The seven projects involve 25 faculty members and eight students from across campus. True to the mission of the Water Center, these projects involve water research, teaching, and engagement through interdisciplinary collaboration and creative scholarship among faculty and students."

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In Memory of Cody Oser

Cody Oser

CSU alum, Cody Oser, of Broomfield, Colorado passed away on April 8, 2017, while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Cody graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering in the fall of 2015. Cody was known as a caring and giving individual, and had participated as a student member of CSU's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) during his undergraduate studies. As a student member of EWB, Cody worked closely with a broad range of students from across the university as well as with the faculty advisors of EWB, Dr. Christopher Bareither (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Andrea Purdy (Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures), in assisting the village of La Criba, El Salvador in enhancing their water supply and distribution system.

Dr. Bareither remembers Cody's participation in EWB well: "Cody was an invaluable member of EWB during his time at CSU; he was an excellent engineer and an outstanding person. Cody was willing to sacrifice everything to improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. He will be missed dearly by the EWB family at CSU and by family and friends throughout the world;" "Cody will be remembered for his caring and selfless contributions towards the betterment of humanity", Charles Shackelford; "Assistant Professor Andrea Purdy states "He wanted to build and work with communities in a manner that was sustainable and respectful of their cultures and way of life."

Andrea's reflections on Cody Oser.

Cody Oser Pictures


E-Days was a huge success for the entire College this year with a total of 93 senior design projects presented by teams ranging from 3 members to 10 members. For the department's projects see the slide show below.

Sr. Design Projects 2017
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E-Days is also a time for the College and Departments to recognize outstanding graduating seniors.

Two students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have been nominated for the prestigious Colorado Engineering Council (CEC) Medal of Award in Silver (Silver Medal Award). The Silver Medal Award is presented annually to graduating senior engineering students in the several schools designated by the CEC. The recipient is selected from among three top students nominated by each school for consideration and interviewed by the Engineering Council Student Awards Committee. All students nominated receive a Certificate of Merit; and, in addition, the student judged to be the most outstanding is also presented the Silver Medal Award. Emilie Abbott (Environmental Engineering) and Cayla Cappelo (Civil Engineering) were selected as two of the three recipients being nominated to the CEC from the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering (WSCOE) at CSU. Congratulations Emilie and Cayla!

In addition, the department recognized Kole Van Treese with the Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award, Lana Millard with the Civil Engineering Achievement Award, Abel Fuhrmann with the Civil Engineering Student Leadership Award, Emilie Abbot with the Outstanding Environmental Engineering Student Award, Daniel Stringer with the Environmental Engineering Achievement Award, Aaron Kolb with Environmental Engineering Student Leadership Award and Taylor Hogan with the Ralph Parshall Award. Congratulations to all!!!!

Aaron Kolb
Abel Fuhrmann
Daniel Stringer
Emilie Abbot
Kole Van Treese
Lana Millard
Taylor Hogan

ASCE Student Organization Places High at Regionals

This year our student organization shined at the ASCE regional competitions in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Our steel bridge team placed second overall out of 14 teams earning themselves a spot at the national competition in Corvallis May 26-27, 2017. They won first place for economy and display, second for construction speed, and third for stiffness and efficiency.

The concrete canoe time placed third overall out of 11 teams. They won third for their design paper and final product, and second for oral presentation. Our team placed third in the co-ed sprint. Our team braced very chilly, rainy weather for the races.

We on third place with a technical paper by Jenna Howard and third place for the non-technical paper by Micah Gibbons.

CSU finished third overall for the entire conference. The department is extremely proud of our ASCE teams and look forward to continued success in the future. Our thanks go out to Dr. Hussam Mahmoud for his service as Faculty Advisor and Rebecca Atadero for serving as our faculty representative at regionals.

Design Team
ASCE Team on Water
ASCE Construction Team
ASCE Team during event
ASCE Team on lake
ASCE Team rowing
ASCE Team presenting
Posing for picture
During set up

Rob Ettema featured in Engineering Insight

Rob Ettema, Harold Short Endowed Professor, was featured in Engineering Insight, the professional magazine of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

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New Faculty this Spring 2017

Dr. Ellison Carter
Dr. Ellison Carter joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering department as an Assistant Professor this January. She earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish, in addition to a minor certification in Chemistry, from Indiana University. After working with forest and marine ecologists in Costa Rica, she went on to complete MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering (Environmental and Water Resources program) from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on indoor air quality and interventions, particularly in low-income housing.

Dr. Carter then moved to a postdoctoral position at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, where she carried out field-based studies in China concerning air quality, climate, energy, and health. Her current research combines interests and expertise in air quality, exposure science, and chemistry and aims to answer questions relevant to energy policy and housing and transportation planning and their impacts on air pollution exposure and human health.

Dr. Robert Johnson
Dr. Robert Johnson returns to the department as Professor of Practice. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering/Structures in 1980 from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2008, and his Ph.D. in 2015 in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. Bob's research interests include Structural Steel Connections, Simple-Made-Continuous Bridges and Structures, and High Temperature Effects on Steel Structures.

He has worked for the department in the past as an instructor teaching various courses including Statics, Dynamics, Structural Analysis and Senior Design. Dr. Johnson has worked as a structural engineering for such companies as Sargent & Lundy Engineers in Chicago, IL, Nelson Ostrom Baskin Berman Associates in Park Ridge, IL, and served as President/Managing Principal for Johnson Wilbur Adams, Inc. Structural Engineering in Wheaton, IL from 1990 to 2010.

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