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Emily Valenzuela receives ASCE's Tuttle Award

Emily Valenzuela has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Society Awards Committee as a recipient of the 2017 Arthur S. Tuttle Memorial Fellowship.

Congratulations Emily!

Robert Queen Awarded Hydro Research Award

Robert Queen, was awarded a prestigious Research Award from the Hydro Research Foundation which is leads the Hydro Research Awards Program that is designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers in conventional or pumped storage hydropower. The awards are made possible by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

These awards are designed to allow outstanding early-career researchers to facilitate research related to hydropower. Research undertaken by the Foundation and the researchers seeks to advance knowledge about hydroelectric technology, including efficiency improvements and environmental mitigation. Through this program the Foundation is promoting educational opportunities and information development related to hydropower. Innovation, creativity and forward-thinking research are encouraged.

Each award includes the following:

  • A living stipend of up to $18,000.
  • A tuition, fees and university-provided health insurance allowance of up to $10,000.
  • Travel costs to attend the Annual Hydro Fellows Roundtable each year the student is in the program.
  • The student's academic advisor for the research, Dr. Peter Nelson, will be awarded $2,000 annually into a University discretionary account, for aiding in, and supervising the research. The advisor may also have the opportunity to attend HydroVision International held annually July.

Congratulations, Robert!

Molly McLaughlin awarded 2016 Graduate Student Award

Ph.D. student Molly McLaughlin has been awarded the 2016 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

This award recognizes graduate students who are working in areas related to environmental chemistry. The award is based on student transcripts and record of research productivity, and a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor.



Ali Tasdighi wins College of Engineering All-Stars award at Graduate Student Showcase

Ali Tasdighi took home the College of Engineering All-Stars award at Graduate Student Showcase on November 11. This annual event is a showcase of research and creativity – a one-day conference for students to present their work, connect with industry representatives and other graduate students and faculty at CSU, and learn about other disciplines and gain conference experience. The Graduate Showcase celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration.

Ali Tasdighi is a civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. student with a passion for improving water quality worldwide through his research. His project aims to determine the viability of water quality trading in different contexts, suggesting a framework for quantifying trading ratios for point-nonpoint source trades under uncertainty using Bayesian inference. During this research, Tasdighi is working with his advisor Dr. Mazdak Arabi on developing a stochastic approach for modeling the pollutants from nonpoint sources and evaluating the effectiveness of different conservation practices in reducing them. The results will be used to create an index of water quality trading viability for point and nonpoint sources throughout the country.

Two Graduate Students Receive Irrigation Award

Aman Vashisht and Garrett Banks were awarded the Irrigation Foundation E3 Learner award to attend the 2015 Irrigation Show & Education Conference November 9-13, 2015 in Long Beach, California all expenses paid. The conference, “Waves of Innovation”, is designed to introduce new technologies, best practices and innovative ideas in irrigation. Garrett is in his first semester as a master’s student and plans to graduate in 2018 and Aman is looking forward to completing her masters this coming spring.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University is a dynamic and internationally recognized department which offers Master's degrees (masters of engineering and masters of science) as well as doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Civil Engineering with concentrations in the following areas:

Special Interest Programs

Research Opportunities

The Department has a very active research program with research expenditures of approximately 10 million dollars in 2011-12. This creates great opportunities for highly qualified students to work in cutting edge research. An impressive number of research centers, laboratories, and institutes make their home at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering including the Center for Contaminant Hydrology, the Colorado Water Institute, the Integrated Decision Support Group, the I-WATER program, the Hydraulics Lab, and the Wind Engineering and Fluids Laboratory.

Research Fellowships Available

I-WATER Fellows receive three years of funding, two of which are supported by NSF IGERT funds at $30,000 per year plus tuition and fees, and a travel allowance to attend conferences.

The I-WATER program emphasizes interdisciplinary research by teams of physical scientists, social scientists, and management experts. Our research themes involve integration of hydrologic, atmospheric, ecosystem, and social sciences within the scope of freshwater resources. I-WATER features problem-focused research to bridge basic and applied science by combining fundamental research on scientific problems with application of scientific knowledge to actual resource issues.

For more information see our website.