International Programs and Projects


Water & International Development Program at CSU
The graduate Water and International Development (WAID) track provides civil engineering students with a multi-disciplinary program of study in water development and management and its role in economic development and public health. The program emphasizes integrated approaches (e.g., joint consideration of water, energy, and waste) and sustainability (e.g., long-term watershed and land-use management). Students gain a thorough understanding of water science along with a broad range of appropriate technologies for drinking water treatment and delivery, wastewater reuse and disposal, as well as irrigation and drainage systems. Students also gain an understanding of the economic, sociological, and epidemiological aspects of development projects. The program considers development from the village scale to the global scale, and students in this program can design a plan of study that matches their individual goals and interests. Students who complete the program can attain either an MS or PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a certificate in International Development Studies from the Office of International Education.


Thuyloi University (TLU), Hanoi, Viet Nam
The TLU and CSU agreement encourages faculty and students to pursue collaborative research that is jointly beneficial to their professional development. The agreement provides the opportunity for the exchange of short-term visiting scholars to deliver lectures and seminars, to engage in collaborative research in areas of common interest, and to explore mutual projects and the means to support them. In addition, the agreement provides a Dual Degree Partnership Program that allows undergraduate students from TLU to come to CSU and obtain a Batchelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. The universities also encourage other collaborative efforts such as research, faculty and graduate student exchange, and professional activities such as joint workshops and conferences.

US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water
This project is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). CSU (through the CEE Department) is the major subcontracting partner with the University of Utah which leads the project.  Other partners include the Stockholm Environment Institute, the City University of New York, and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The purpose of the project is to build a state-of-the art applied research center in water resources at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) in Pakistan to (i) improve private sector innovation and modernization, (ii) strengthen government policy to stimulate economic growth, and (iii) contribute solutions to Pakistan’s development challenges in the water sector. The major activities include curriculum development, exchanges and scholarships, and applied research. CSU focuses on the areas of irrigation and drainage, hydraulics, and integrated water resources management. More information can be found at the project website

GERENS Program
The CEE Department has an agreement for water authority training with GERENs, a private school in Lima, Peru. The program will be managed through the Department's International School for Water Resources. Major activities will include curriculum, training, certification and field visits.

Engineers without Borders
Engineers without Borders at Colorado State University (EWB-CSU) is a student organization that partners with disadvantaged communities in Latin America to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. Through these projects, CSU gives students of all backgrounds, from engineering to anthropology, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in international development. The current project is a sustainable water supply and distribution project in La Criba, El Salvador. The goal is to provide potable water to a village of 176 families (674 people) and provide a cleaner, more consistent water source throughout the year. The project includes water capture, storage, and distribution. Project components include drilling a well to tap groundwater and reconstructing existing water storage tanks that have deteriorated.


Dr. Ryan Bailey

  • Atoll Island Groundwater Assessment: Dr. Bailey has been involved with the assessment of groundwater resources of small oceanic islands using field and modeling methods and the analysis of small-island water supply during drought and extreme-climate events, with projects in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Maldives. Work in the western Pacific has offered opportunities to train local water resource managers in optimizing water supply for island communities.

Dr. Pierre Julien

  • Resistance to Flow and Bedforms: The analysis of resistance to flow and bedforms has been the subject of research in collaboration with Delft Hydraulics and the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). The analysis of bedform geometry and resistance to flow has been Dr. Julien’s research topic during his two sabbaticals in 1991 and 2000. Research on the Rhine River has been in collaboration with Gerrit Klaassen at Delft Hydraulics.
  • Sediment Transport: The analysis of sediment transport in rivers has been a primary research area since 1977. Initial studies related to sediment transport in Canadian rivers in collaboration with marcel Frenette. Recent investigations have focused on the mechanics of sediment transport.
  • Mudflows and Debris Flows: Research on hyperconcentrations, mudflows and debris flows in mountain streams has been on-going since 1983. Research has been carried out involving the devastating debris disasters in Venezuela.
  • Flood Control Research: Collaborative research project involving UiTM Shah Alam (Malaysia), University of Stuttgart (Germany), Asian Institute of Technology, (Bangkok, Thailand), and the University of Roorkee (India).

Dr. Jorge A. Ramirez

  • CHESS-Sahel Project: Dr. Ramirez heads the hydrological focus of the NSF $1.7M grant Coupled Hydrological, Ecological, and Social Systems in the Sahel (CHESS-Sahel). The grazing lands of the Sahel region of Africa are a vital resource for the people of Africa, providing seasonal grazing for millions of animals. However, this region is subject to frequent droughts and considerable uncertainty in the availability of both fodder and surface water. This project explores the complex interactions and feedbacks between climate, vegetation dynamics, landscape hydrology, and the human societies that depend on and manage these systems in the Sahel. Other universities involved include University of Alaska-Fairbanks, South Dakota State University, and the Universite de Bamako.

Dr. John van de Lindt

  • NEESWood Project: The NEESWood project set out in 2005 to study how wood-frame structures, i.e., those consisting of mostly wooden components as opposed to concrete and steel, respond to the shaking of earthquakes. Wood-frame construction can be more affordable for mid-rise buildings than other methods, but little is known about how such buildings respond to earthquakes. In addition to testing in the US, Dr. van de Lindt has worked with the Japanese government's National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), as part of a broader partnership with NSF, whereby the NEESWood engineers tested their structure at the E-Defense facility. This facility, located in the city of Miki, north of Kobe, houses the world's largest shake table.