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Dr. Labadie receives Warren A. Hall Medal

Dr. John Labadie

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."

Read this excellent article!

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

Dr. Ryan Bailey

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. Sharvelle quoted in Coloradoan

Dr. Sharvelle

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.

Dr. Ellingwood appointed CoE Eminent Scholar

Dr. Ellingwood

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood has been appointed as a College of Engineering Eminent Scholar. This appointment, the first of its kind, is in recognition of his many accomplishments and honors throughout his career, and for his significant leadership contributions advancing the reputation of the College of Engineering here at CSU.

Congratulations Bruce!

Dr. Siller awarded the Leo Jensen Prize for the Most Outstanding Paper

Dr. Tom Siller was awarded the Leo Jensen Prize for the Most Outstanding Paper at the Eighth International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development for his paper titled, "Is there a role for Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the future of Engineering Education for Sustainable Engineering?"

The prize consists of recognition from the Conference and in future publications and free conference registration for each author at the Ninth International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development in June 2018 as well as presenting the invited keynote plenary paper at that conference.

Congratulations Tom!

Dr. Ellingwood wins ASCE's OPAL 2017 Award for Education

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood has been awarded the ASCE's Lifetime Achievement Award in Education at the Outstanding Projects Ands Leaders (OPAL) Gala scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA.

The OPAL Gala traditionally draws hundreds of civil engineers - practitioners, educators, military engineers and researchers. On this night the Society presents, in addition to the five OPAL Leadership awards in the categories of Construction, Design, Education, Government and Management, five Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) finalists from which one will be named the winner; the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation; the Henry L. Michel Award for Innovation in Research; and the Excellence in Journalism Award.

Congratulations Bruce!

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Dr. Salas receives Norman Medal from CE Society

Jose Salas

Jose Salas, emeritus professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has received the Norman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The medal was jointly awarded to Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler at the South Florida Water Management District, who received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from CSU in 1982.

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Dr. Grigg receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Neil Grigg

Neil Grigg has just been notified that he has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute.

For more information about this award, click here.

Congratulations Neil!

Dr. Nelson receives 2014 Editor's Citation for Excellence

Dr. Peter Nelson

Dr. Peter Nelson has received from the AGU the 2014 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for the Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface.

Congratulations Peter!

Dr. Ken Carlson debates the merits of fracking

On May 4th, Joseph Romm, fellow at the Center for American Progress and founder of Climate Progress, and Dr. Ken Carlson debated whether fracking can be a clean and safe source of energy and if it can help transition the country towards renewable energy resources.

To watch this fascinating debate organized by the Real News Network, click here.

Department Awarded Funding for New Water Center

Mazdak Arabi, PI, Brian Bledsoe, Co-PI, Sybil Sharvelle, Co-PI, and Neil Grigg, Director were awarded a multi-university grant for a new water center:

Clean Center

The Mission of the CLEAN center is to create knowledge, build capacity, and forge collaboration to develop and demonstrate sustainable solutions for reduction of nutrient pollution in the nation's water resources.


The Center activities connect natural and physical systems, human actions, and policy to create innovative solutions to nutrient pollution problems. Sustainable nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) management solutions for restoring watershed systems and attaining designated uses will be developed and demonstrated. These sustainable solutions will integrate abatement strategies for urban, agricultural, and riparian systems, and effective policy instruments (incentives and market-based approaches) that facilitate trading among sectors, provide equity along water systems, increase chance of adoption, and minimize costs.

Clean Center
Neil Grigg

Neil Grigg Publishes New Book

Dr. Neil S. Grigg has published the book Water Finance, Public Responsibilities and Private Opportunities. The book offers a detailed look at the water industry and the trends that can lead to investment opportunities Water has quickly grown into a big global business, with annual revenues in the United States alone reaching over $200 billion.

In the years ahead, companies as well as governments must find innovative ways to address important issues within this field without sacrificing basic needs, such as safety of drinking water or the reliability of water for energy production. Nobody understands this better than author Neil Grigg, a forty-year veteran of the water industry. Most of the water business operates under the radar, but with this reliable resource, Dr. Grigg provides a comprehensive coverage of the public responsibilities and private opportunities associated with it.

Dr. Rebecca Atadero & Students Inspect the Castlewood Canyon Arch Bridge

Dr. Rebecca Atadero

In July, Dr. Rebecca Atadero and M.S. students Doug Allen and Oscar Mata conducted testing and inspection at the Castlewood Canyon arch bridge located just south of Franktown, Colorado. The bridge was originally constructed in 1946 and was reconstructed during the summer of 2003.

During reconstruction the original arches were repaired by removing the damaged concrete, cleaning corrosion from the reinforcing bars and using shotcrete to restore the cross-section. The arches were then further reinforced with externally bonded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite sheets.


FRP materials are still a comparatively new material to civil engineering. Although there were a number of early projects, most FRP applications have taken place since the mid-1990s. They are attractive for repair because they are lightweight with a high strength to weight ratio, they have a very small profile, they can be easily tailored to conform to the geometry of the existing structure, and although they can degrade due to environmental exposure they don’t corrode.  Extensive research has shown the effectiveness of FRP in restoring or adding strength to existing concrete members, but as a newer material, the durability of FRP in field environments is still an important issue.

Castlewood Bridge Student Bridge

This project, Long Term Monitoring of Mechanical Properties of FRP Repair Materials, was funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Mountain Plains Consortium a USDOT University Transportation Center. The project includes assessment of the condition of the FRP placed on the Castlewood Canyon bridge eight years ago and a laboratory component to investigate the effect of deicing agents on the bond between FRP and concrete.   During July the research team inspected one full arch of the bridge for signs of debonding, conducted on-site bond testing, and collected samples of the FRP for laboratory testing.   The laboratory component of the project will continue into the summer of 2012.