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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.

Read here (see p. 15 and 24)

Dr. Labadie receives Warren A. Hall Medal

Dr. John Labadie has received the Warren A. Hall Medal which is a memorial established by friends and family of Warren A. Hall to recognize exceptional accomplishments and distinction of an individual in the water resources field.

Congratulations John!

The Conversation on Upgrading our Infrastructure

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud recently wrote an article for The Conversation called "Upgrading our infrastructure: Targeting repairs for locks, dams and bridges."

Click here to read this excellent article!

Dr. Ryan Bailey Awarded $488,000 Grant from USDA

The USDA awarded Dr. Ryan Bailey $488,000 for a four-year project entitled Improved Modeling Framework for Assessing Phosphorus and Nitrogen Transport in Tile-Drained Watersheds. This is funded through the program areas for National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Bioenergy, Natural Resources and Environment (BNRE).

The project focuses on developing and testing numerical models to simulate the transport of nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) in watersheds that contain subsurface drain networks. Subsurface drains help lower water tables and achieve higher crop yield, but also act as pathways for nutrient loading to nearby streams. The developed model will be applied and tested in watersheds in Colorado, Iowa, and Indiana, and then used to assess management strategies and ecosystem service provisioning in these watersheds. Co-PIs on the project include Jordan Suter from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU, and Katrin Bieger and Jaehak Jeong from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.

Dr. Salas and Dr. J. Obeysekara receive the 2016 STAHY Award

The International Association of Hydrological Sciences has awarded Dr. Jose D. Salas, Professor Emeritus, and former CSU graduate student Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera with the 2016 STAHY Award.

The STAHY-IAHS award selection is based on the evaluation of the 20 papers having the highest number of citations (excluding self-citations) during a period of 3 years. For the Salas-Obeysekera award the evaluation period was the years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Over almost four decades, Professor Salas and his graduate students and collaborators have made significant contributions in diverse areas of Hydrology and Water Resources.

Congratulations Pepe and Jayantha!

Dr. Sharvelle quoted in Coloradoan

On January 15, 2017 Dr. Sybil Sharvelle was quoted in the Coloradoan in an article concerning Weld County's Heartland Biogas facility. The facility turns cattle manure and food waste into renewable biogas, however it is also creating some controversy with hundreds of odor complaints.

To read the full article, click here.

New Faculty this Spring 2017

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 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.

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud receives AISC's Early Career Faculty Award

The American Institute of Steel Construction selected Hussam Mahmoud for the Early Career Faculty Award which will be bestowed next March at the annual Steel Conference.

This highly competitive award provides recognition to individuals who demonstrate promise in the areas of structural steel research, teaching and/or other contributions to the structural steel industry. This award honors full time faculty in civil engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction or construction management at U.S. universities who are on the tenure track or have received tenure within the last three years.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and students invited to speak at 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and two of his PhD students have been invited this weekend to Portland Oregon for the 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics where they will all be giving talks at this prestigious event.

To read more about this event, click here.

Project Team developing Cleanup Method for Stubborn Contaminants

Jens Blotevogel, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-director of the Center for Contaminant Hydrology, has received a three-year, $578,000 grant to test a promising new way to clean up PFCs, supported by the Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.

Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a broad class of manufactured chemicals, touch every corner of the industrialized world. They're impervious to traditional remediation strategies, and when they're ingested in large quantities, like in contaminated drinking water, they may be dangerous to human health.

The project team includes Tom Sale, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering who co-pioneered the electrolysis method, and UCLA researcher Shaily Mahendra.

To read the full story, click here.

CSU Team Wins Award for Irrigation Scheduling Tool

The American Society of Agronomy has awarded a 2016 ASA Educational Materials Award to a team of CSU faculty and staff for their irrigation scheduling tool, WISE (Water Irrigation Scheduler for Efficient Application). WISE is a cloud-based application hosted on the eRAMS platform. The goal of this tool is to make irrigation scheduling both convenient and as cost-effective as possible, maximizing crop yield while minimizing excess irrigation.

Members of the WISE development team are:

  • Allan Andales, Associate Professor of Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Mazdak Arabi, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Troy Bauder, Water Quality Specialist
  • Erik Wardle, Assistant Water Quality Specialist
  • Kyle Traff, Software Engineer
  • Andy Bartlett, Associate Professor of Soils/Agronomy (Northeastern Junior College)

Congratulations to the team on their award! Explore the WISE tool here.

Dr. Arabi Receives the COE George T. Abell Mid-Career Faculty Award

Dr. Mazdak Arabi, Borland Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 College of Engineering's George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award.

Mazdak was recognized for his exceptional ability and propensity to procure large, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional center-based research funding, such as the Water Sustainability and Climate Center sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012-2017; $1.5M), the Center for Comprehensive, Optimal, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients (CLEAN) sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (2013-17; $2.99M), and the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN): Transitioning Toward Sustainable Urban Water Systems, sponsored by the NSF (2015-20; $12M).

Mazdak also was recognized as the co-creator of the environmental Risk Assessment and Management System (eRAMS), which is a computer platform for development and use of online data and modeling systems for sustainable management of land, water, and energy resources. eRAMS is currently host to more than 200 data and modeling web services that are used by U.S. federal government agencies, state and local governments, and nearly 70,000 committed annual users throughout the world. Congratulations, Mazdak, on this outstanding recognition of your career achievements!

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