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Dr. Sharvelle selected for Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Dr. Sybil Sharvelle has been selected by the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) to participate in the Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium to be held October 26-29, 2014, at the NAE Beckman Center in Irvine, CA (see: This symposium recognizes faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines, and offers an opportunity for these faculty to share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution.

Dr. Ken Carlson received $500k gift from Noble company

Dr. Carlson has received a $500k gift from the Noble company to the Center for Energy Water Sustainability in support of the continued development of the Colorado Water Watch that will be released to the public at next month's Natural Gas Symposium in Denver.

USDA funds CSU Team for 3 Year Project in Colorado's Arkansas River Valley

The USDA NIFA National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP) is funding a 3-yrs project for $659,955 entitled "Water Quality and Productivity Enhancement in an Irrigated River Basin through Participatory Conservation Planning and Analysis." Dr. Timothy Gates is the Project Director (PD) and Dr. John Labadie, Dr. Ryan Bailey, and Dr. Dana Hoag (Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics) are Co-PDs.


This project's goal is to identify and rank conservation practices that will sustain agricultural productivity and benefit the environment by lowering return flows and pollutant (salt and selenium) loads to the stream-aquifer system of Colorado's Lower Arkansas River Basin. A major obstacle to using these methods in western irrigated river valleys is the requirement that altered streamflow patterns cannot violate water rights or interstate river compacts. Calibrated regional and basin scale flow and solute transport models will be used to find effective conservation scenarios that satisfy socioeconomic and institutional constraints in the river basin. The project will involve extensive advisory stakeholder and student participation.

Dr. Ramirez received the 2013 Editors' Choice Award

Dr. Jorge Ramirez has been recognized for his outstanding research and scholarship. His paper, "Projected freshwater withdrawals in the United States under a changing climate," published in 2013 in Water Resources Research, will receive the 2013 Editors' Choice Award. This award is given to about 1% of published articles in any calendar year and is selected by the Editors of WRR on the basis of " ...technical significance, novelty, originality, presentation, and broader implications of the publication." The award will be presented formally at the Hydrologic Sciences Luncheon of the AGU Fall meeting in December 2014.

Dr. Mahmoud received the 2014 Robert J. Dexter Memorial

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud will be the recipient of the 2014 Robert J. Dexter Memorial, which is an extremely prestigious award given by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Steel Market Development Institute Steel Bridge Task Force and the AASHTO Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design.

The program was instituted in 2005 in memory of Robert Dexter, an internationally recognized expert on steel fracture and fatigue problems. The Robert J. Dexter Memorial Lecture program provides an opportunity for an individual early in his/her career in structural engineering to present a lecture on his/her steel bridge activities to the SMDI Steel Bridge Task Force and to participate in its semi-annual three-day meeting. The recipient becomes an invited guest of the Steel Bridge Task Force, which is comprised of the United States’ leading steel bridge experts. The award will be presented at the SMDI Steel Bridge Task Force meeting in Denver, Colorado this August.

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Graduate Applications Being Accepted

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New Faculty in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is excited to welcome three new faculty members: Dr. Michael Gooseff, Dr. Bruce Ellingwood and Dr. Ryan Bailey. Each brings with them a diverse set of expertise to our already strong team of professors and researchers. We expect great things from each of them and look forward to their many contributions in the years to come.

Dr. Michael Gooseff joined the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Associate Professor in July 2013. He was previously an Associate Professor at Penn State University. His research interests are focused on understanding how physical hydrological processes influence ecosystems and vice versa, mostly in the context of stream-groundwater systems. He earned is PhD from the University of Colorado in 2001.
Dr. Bruce Ellingwood, Professor, comes to the Department as a Special Faculty in the Structures program. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He held professional research and administrative positions at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), Johns Hopkins University and Georgia Institute of Technology prior to joining Colorado State University.

His main research and professional interests involve the application of probability and statistics to structural engineering, particularly in structural reliability theory and probabilistic risk assessment. He is internationally recognized as an authority on structural load modeling, reliability and risk analysis of engineered facilities, and as a leader in the technical development and implementation of probability based codified design standards for building structures. He is Editor of Structural Safety, and serves on six other editorial boards. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.

Dr. Ryan Bailey joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in August 2013. Ryan's research focuses on the sustainability of watershed management practices in regards to water quantity and water quality, with an emphasis on groundwater and stream systems. This research focus has afforded opportunities to work with watershed and groundwater systems in CO as well as groundwater systems of developing countries.

Ryan received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University, his MS in Environmental Science from the University of Guam, and his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University. Current projects focus on exploring remediation strategies for salinity and nutrient pollution in stream-aquifer systems in eastern Colorado, and providing assessments of groundwater quantity in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Maldives under climate stress.

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