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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!


Dr. Aditi Bhaskar specializes in changes to hydrologic systems from urban development, with a focus on interactions between groundwater, surface water, and engineered stormwater and water distribution systems. Dr. Bhaskar received a Sc.B. in Geology-Physics/Math from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She was a graduate trainee of the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) in "Water in the Urban Environment" at UMBC. Dr. Bhaskar was then awarded a National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, which took her to the Eastern Geographic Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, before joining CSU.
Dr. Gaofeng Jia specializes in natural hazard risk assessment/mitigation, robust analysis/design of complex engineering systems and high performance structures, risk-informed decision making, modeling of aging and deterioration of infrastructure, as well as automated condition assessment of civil infrastructure with the ultimate goal of enhancing infrastructure resilience. His research brings together the versatility of generalized simulation-based approaches and the efficiency of soft computing and high performance computing to address the challenges associated with solving complex engineering problems. Dr. Jia earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (2007) and Master's degree in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (2009) from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2014).

Prior to joining CSU, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame (2014-2015) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015-2016). He is recipient of the Young Researcher Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (2013), and of the Best Student Paper Award in the ASCE EMI/PMC conference (2012).

Dr. Ryan Morrison's research focuses on environmental flows and riverscape modifications. Specifically, his research has been centered on sustainably integrating ecological and human needs into water resource management, both from engineering and social science perspectives, and his work emphasizes the impacts of river management on aquatic ecosystems while exploring new methods for mitigating management effects. Dr. Morrison earned his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2006) degrees in civil engineering from Washington State University, and his Ph.D. (2014) degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to joining CSU he was a research engineer at the U.S. Geological Survey and also worked as a water resources engineer in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Morrison is currently an associate editor for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association and a licensed professional engineer. He is looking forward to contributing to CSU's tradition of excellent research in water resource engineering.

Dr. Mahmoud invited to fourth Arab-American Frontiers symposium

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud has been invited to participant in the fourth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium, hosted by the Masdar Institute of Science Technology on its campus in Abu Dhabi on 5-7 November 2016. The upcoming symposium is held in partnership with Masdar Institute, New York University Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute. It is also made possible thanks to the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). They have received hundreds of outstanding applications from the Arab region and the United States but only a small fraction of the applicants have been invited to participate.

The Arab-American Frontiers symposium intends to bring together researchers from many different disciplines. Thus, while the sessions of the meeting are designed to explore the frontiers of research in the fields of nanotechnology, water and solar energy, space technologies, neuroscience and oil and gas exploration, we will also have participants whose research falls within broader applications of these disciplines. Past experiences have shown that this leads to very interesting cross-disciplinary discussions and research collaborations.

Congratulations Hussam!

Dr. Venayagamoorthy presents UCSB ME Graduate-Student-Invited Seminar

On May 9th-10th, Dr. Venayagamoorthy presented at the inaugural Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Student-Invited Seminar hosted by University of California-Santa Barbara Mechanical Engineering. To read more about this event, click here.

CEE's Hydraulics Lab featured in HydroLink magazine

Click here to read the latest issue of IAHR's HydroLink magazine, featuring CSU's Hydraulics Lab.

CSU Team places in top 16 of US EPA 2015 Campus Rain Works Challenge

A CEE CIVE 439 project team entered the national 2015 EPA Rainworks competition at the urging of Dr. Kimberly Catton. Our team placed in the top 16 entries in the country. More than 75 teams participated representing 500 students and faculty in the disciplines of landscape architecture, engineering, environmental science, urban planning, economics, communications and more.


(left to right) Liting Tao, Caroline Michael, Natalie Thompson, Griffin Cullen

For more information on the project, see attached.

Congratulations Griffin Cullen, Caroline Michael, Liting Tao and Natalie Thompson for all of your hard work. we would also like to thank Susanne Cordery-Cotter in facilities for advising the team as well.

Dr. Fontane awarded 2016 Distance Learning Teacher of the Year

Dr. Darrell Fontane has been presented with the 2016 Distance Learning Teacher of the Year Award by the Colorado Distance Learning Association.

The Colorado Distance Learning Association was founded in 2011, with a mission to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training across Colorado. The association addresses distance learning communities which include: pre K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling and telemedicine.

Congratulations Darrell!

Congratulations ASCE Student Organization!!!

Our ASCE student organization placed 3rd overall at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference held this April. The steel bridge finally held the weight required for the first time in over a decade and placed 5th. The concrete canoe placed 4th. There was a new rule this year for the canoe in that no painting of the canoe was allowed. In addition our technical and non-technical papers placed 6th. All in all we can't be more proud of our students.


Dr. Ramirez top 20 professor by Online Engineering Programs

Dr. Jorge Ramirez has been recognized as one of the top 20 professors across the US for online education in Civil Engineering by Online Engineering Programs.

To read the announcement, click here.

Congratulations Jorge!

Dr. Ellingwood received ASCE's 2016 Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood was awarded the 2016 Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal from the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE, "For the unique role that he has played in introducing concepts of probability, statistics and structural reliability to structural engineering and for transforming structural reliability from academic research specialty into a mainstream of structural engineering practice."

Alfred Freudenthal is generally viewed as the father of structural reliability as an academic discipline in the United States and worldwide.

"First in the world": CSU structural lab brings heat

Hydrology Days 2015 Featured on EOS

Water Resources in a Changing Climate. For more information on Hydrology Days 2016, click here.

Dr. Steven Abt receives 2016 ASCE Hydraulic Structures Medal

Dr. Steven Abt has been selected by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2016 Hydraulic Structures Medal "For his substantial leadership and contributions toward the advancement of hydraulic engineering by conducting experiments and directing students in experimental hydraulics to help establish hydraulic structure design practices."

Congratulations Steven!

Dr. Shackelford & Dr. Labadie elected to ASCE Fellow grade

Department Head Dr. Chuck Shackelford and Dr. John Labadie have both been elected to ASCE Fellow grade.

ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. This prestigious honor is held by fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members. The minimum requirements are 10 years of responsible charge in the grade of ASCE Member and hold a P.E. or P.L.S. license. The applicants are nominated by an organizational entity of the Society (this includes Section or Branch Presidents, Board of Direction members, Institute Board of Governors members, and Chairs of Standing Board Committees) and voted on by the ASCE Membership Application Review Committee.

Congratulations Chuck and John!

Daniel Baker joins CEE Department

Dr. Daniel Baker joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty as a Professor of Practice this year after serving as a Research Scientist and Instructor in our department from 2012-2015. He had previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and completed his PhD here at CSU in July 2009. Dr. Baker also earned his PE in the state of Colorado in 2015. Dan still finds time outside of teaching to research the development of holistic tools to enable better decision making for and design of stream and river systems. Additionally, he is the co-chair of the Campus Bike Advisory Committee.

CEE Dept Welcomes Two New Faculty this Fall 2015

Dr. Rob Ettema joins our faculty as the Harold Short Endowed Chair to further augment the outstanding water and infrastructure program at Colorado State University. Dr. Ettema received his undergraduate and graduate education at Auckland University, New Zealand. He has held faculty and administrative positions at The University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming prior to joining Colorado State University. His main research and expertise interests involve a range of aspects regarding water engineering, including: hydraulic structures, river mechanics, and cold-regions considerations. He has served as Editor of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Associate Editor of ASCE’s Cold Regions Engineering Journal, and has consulted and written extensively on numerous hydraulics and cold-regions problems. Additionally he is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and ASCE. Dr. Ettema recently was awarded the Hans Albert Einstein Award for his international recognition in advancing insight and engineering methods regarding sediment transport processes at bridge waterways and other hydraulic structures, sediment transport under ice cover and river morphology, and for promoting river mechanics education and history.

Dr. Joseph Scalia also be joins our faculty this fall. Dr. Scalia specializes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, with a focus on environmental containment systems and the development of innovative barrier systems to protect human health and the environment. These barriers include systems intended to minimize risk resulting from municipal, mining, energy-production, and hazardous wastes. Dr. Scalia has performed research on the use of bentonite clay in hydraulic barriers, development of novel bentonite-polymer barrier materials for containment of extreme wastes, performance of final cover systems, and the hydraulic and unsaturated properties of soils. Dr. Scalia earned his B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Bucknell University in 2007, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geological engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and 2012. Prior to joining CSU, he was a Senior Associate at Exponent in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Practice in Bellevue, Washington, and Natick, Massachusetts. At Exponent, Dr. Scalia specialized in the evaluation of the extent, transport, and fate of contamination in saturated and unsaturated soils.

Karan Venayagamoorthy receives the Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy has received the College of Engineering's Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award.

"Karan's achievements in research, teaching and service are truly outstanding, especially for someone at a mid-academic career level. Karan is an exceptional member of the College's faculty. Karan's numerous achievements also attest to his excellent potential for making continued seminal contributions in the areas of fluid mechanics and water engineering."

Congratulations, Karan!

Steph Rosso receives Outstanding Admin Pro Staff Award

Steph Rosso has received the College of Engineering's Outstanding Administrative Professional Staff Award.

"Steph works as the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for both ME and CEE. She is among the most dedicated employees we have in the college. She routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is so vital to the functioning of both departments."

Congratulations, Steph!

Dr. Atadero to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Dr. Becki Atadero has been selected to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium to be held October 25-28, 2015, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.

Congratulations, Becki!

Dr. Arabi appointed as the Borland Endowment Professor of Water Resources

Dr. Mazdak Arabi has been appointed as the Borland Endowment Professor of Water Resources. This recognition is a new appointment that is sanctioned by the Borland Endowment, which supports the Department's activities in the areas of hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources. Mazdak has excelled in research and scholarly activity in water resources, and is well deserving of this recognition.

This appointment is in addition to the other existing Borland appointments, and is made based on nomination by the Department Head to the Borland Committee, whose approval is required. The duration of the appointment is for 3 years with the possibility of renewal by the DH.

Congratulations Mazdak!

CSU receives $12 million for urban water sustainability research

Dr. Mazdak Arabi, serves as the director of UWIN, a consortium of 14 academic institutions and key partners across the nation is addressing the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and around the world. Other CSU faculty involved with UWIN include professors Sybil Sharvelle, Brian Bledsoe, Neil Grigg, Jorge Ramirez, Dan Baker, and Scott Denning from the CSU College of Engineering, and LeRoy Poff with the Department of Biology.

Congratulations to Mazdak, Sybil, Brian, Neil, Jorge, Dan and Scott!

To Read the Full Article, click here.

Dr. Ellingwood receives 2015 CERRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association on Tuesday, July 14th in Vancouver. This award was given at the 12th International Conference on Application of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering.

According to the CERRA award committees, some experts show a once-in-a-lifetime brilliant idea, others are able to organize and run a large group of graduate students, open a new field of application or produce a lifelong permanent flow of high level output. The present 2015 CERRA award committee decided that it had very good reasons to honor Dr. Bruce Ellingwood in this way and stated: "We are talking of someone with a really impressive publication and citation record, based on work that can be qualified as being of a high scientific standard as well as important engineering relevance. We also refer to a number of practically oriented contributions to several code and standard committees and, last but not least, we are talking about the driving force behind one of the most appreciated journals: Dr. Bruce Ellingwood."

This has only been given several times in the last 15 to 20 years! Congratulations Bruce!

Dr. Atadero wins Best Diversity Paper Competition

Dr. Atadero's paper, "Creating Inclusive Environments in First-year Engineering Classes to Support Student Retention and Learning" has been selected as the winner of the Best Diversity Paper Competition for the upcoming ASEE Conference on June 14-17, in Seattle.

The paper will be presented at the special session on the Year of Action on Diversity on June 15. Congratulations Becki!

To read more about this award, click here.

Dr. Mahmoud invited to US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud has been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California September 9-11. Dr. Mahmoud was nominated by Bruce Ellingwood, who is an NAE member, and selected by the organizing committee.

There will be 100 engineers, from industry, universities, and government labs at the symposium and attendees will represent the full range of engineering fields. The four broad topics that will be covered at the 2015 symposium are: Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials, Cybersecurity, Engineering the Search for Earth-like Planets, and Forecasting Natural Disasters.

To read more, click here.

Dr. Labadie receives 2015 OnlinePlus Innovative Educator Award

Dr. John Labadie is awarded a 2015 OnlinePlus Innovative Educator (OPIE) Award. The award was established by Online Plus in 2013. All recipients are nominated by OnlinePlus students. Emphasis is placed on the positive relationship established with the students, how the professor was responsive, motivating and challenging in class and were the lectures interesting and insightful with thought-provoking homework assignments.

To learn more about this award, click here.

Dr. Venayagmoorthy receives 2015-17 Monfort Professorship

Dr. Subhas Karan Venayagamoorthy has been named a Monfort Professor, one of the university's top honors. The Monfort Professor Award was established in 2002 through a gift from the Monfort Family Foundation. Venayagmoorthy will receive $75,000 annually for two years to support his research projects and teaching efforts.

"In addition to being an extraordinary researcher and student mentor, Karan is also an excellent teacher in a classroom setting," College of Engineering Dean David McLean wrote in his nomination letter. "He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, consistently receiving outstanding evaluations from the students. Karan incorporates his cutting-edge research and knowledge into his classes and creates an environment that facilitates learning and student engagement."

For more details, click here.

Dr. Nelson receives Faculty Early Career Development Program Award

The National Science Foundation has recently granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, to Peter Nelson. The award will provide $510,848 over five years to support theoretical and experimental research on the morphodynamic effects of sediment supply and sorting in meandering rivers.

The award will also support educational programs in river science, including integration of the research in undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as the development of summer science programs aimed at K-12 students and outreach events at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

New $12M Urban Water Sustainability Research Network

Dr. Mazdak Arabi has just received the cooperative agreement from NSF to establish a $12M Urban Water Sustainability Research Network (SRN) at CSU. The vision of the SRN is to "make a global impact by creating science, guidance, and agents of innovation for integrated water systems and water-sensitive urban design." The other CE faculty involved with the SRN are: Brian Bledsoe, Neil Grigg, Jorge Ramirez, and Sybil Sharvelle.

The SRN partner institutions include:

Colorado State University (CSU) - lead university
Arizona State University (ASU)
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (CIES)
Florida International University (FIU)
Howard University (HU)
Oregon State University (OSU)
Princeton University (PU)
University of Arizona (UA)
University of California-Berkeley (UCB)
University of California-Riverside (UCR)
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
University of Miami (UM)
University of Oregon (UO)
University of Pennsylvania (UPENN)

Congratulations Mazdak, Brian, Neil, Jorge, and Sybil on this exciting new research center!

NIST Awards $20 Million for Research Center

PI and Director Dr. John van de Lindt, Co-Director Dr. Bruce Ellingwood and Co-PIs Dr. Suren Chen and Dr. Hussam Mahmoud have been awarded $20M by NIST over 5 years for a research center focused on resiliency to communities affected by disasters. This Community Resilience Center of Excellence will be working with NIST researchers and partners from 10 other universities, and will develop computer tools to help local governments decide how each can best invest resources intended to lessen the impact of extreme weather and other hazards on buildings and infrastructure and to recover rapidly in their aftermath.

"This center complements NIST's long-standing efforts to improve the performance of the built environment against natural hazards—such as tornadoes, coastal flooding, wildfires and earthquakes—as well as large-scale, human-caused disruptions,” said Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director Willie May. “The tools developed by the center will help to further advance the important goal of disaster resilience from ambitious concepts to cost-effective solutions that communities can implement over time."

To Read More, click here.

Congratulations to John, Bruce, Suren and Hussam!

Faculty Collaboration on $1.28M NSF Project

Dr. John van de Lindt, Dr. Hussam Mahmoud, and Dr. Bruce Ellingwood have been awarded $1.28M for their NSF proposal entitled, "RSB/Collaborative Research: A Risk-Informed Decision Framework to Achieve Resilient and Sustainable Buildings that Meet Community Objectives." This project is a collaborative effort with the Universities of Washington and Oklahoma, with $760K coming to CSU.

Dr. Pierre Julien received the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture

Dr. Pierre Julien has received the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture, the most prestigious national award in the area of Hydraulics. Dr. Julien was recognized "For his numerous achievements and contributions to the hydraulic engineering profession in the areas of river mechanics and erosion and sedimentation throughout a most distinguished, dedicated research and academic career."

Congratulations, Pierre!

Dr. John van de Lindt awarded ASCE Raymond Reese Research for 2015

Dr. John van de Lindt has just been awarded the ASCE Raymond Reese Research for 2015 for a paper he co-authored called "Evaluation of tsunami loads on wood frame walls at full scale" for the Journal of Structural Engineering.

Congratulations, John!

Dr. Sale received SERDP & ESTCP 2014 Project of the Year Award

Dr. Tom Sale received a SERDP and ESTCP 2014 Project of the Year award from Andrea Leeson, Deputy Director & Environmental Restoration Program Manager at SERDP & ESTCP on Friday, December 12th. This award recognizes outstanding research and technology developments that will benefit the Department of Defense (DoD).

These efforts are helping DoD enhance its mission capabilities, improve its environmental and energy performance, and reduce costs. Dr. Sale's project was in environmental restoration: Basic Research Addressing Contaminants in Low Permeability Zones. His team developed analytical and numerical modeling techniques to address transport and fate of contaminants in heterogeneous media, along with a State-of-the-Science review of management of contaminants in low permeability zones in aquifers.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and Grad Students receive Francois Frenkiel Award

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy, and two of his graduate students, Benjamin Mater and Simon Schaad, have been unanimously selected by the American Physical Society for the top Physics of Fluid article by young investigators in 2013. They received the Francois Frenkiel Award the society's Division of Fluid Dynamics for their paper: "Relevance of Thorpe length scale in stably stratified turbulence."

The paper was selected "For new and significant insights into scaling laws for stratified turbulence with potentially broad impact in the area of environmental flows," according to the citation for the award.

The award was presented to Venayagamoorthy and his students at a recent Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting in San Francisco. For more information about this paper, click here.

College of Engineering Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Marvin Criswell and Dr. Hussam Mahmoud for receiving the COE's Meritorious Faculty Emeritus Award and the George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award, respectively.

Dr. Bareither receives 2013 Practical Paper Award

Congratulations to Chris Bareither for receiving the 2013 Practical Paper Award from ASTM Committee D-18 on Soil and Rock for his paper, "Evaluation of Bouwer-Rice Large-Particle Correction Procedure for Soil Water Characteristic Curves," published in the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal.

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 . 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.

To view more information about this memorial, click here.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy received the Frenkial Award by American Physical Society

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy has received the prestigious Frenkial Award from the American Physical Society (APS) for his paper, "Relevance of the Thorpe length scale in stably stratified turbulent flow," published in 2013 in the prestigious journal, Physics of Fluids.

The citation for the award reads, "For new and significant insights into scaling laws for stratified turbulence with potentially broad impact in the area of environmental flows." The award will be presented to Karan at the APS meeting in San Francisco in November 2014, which brings together about 3000 fluid mechanics researchers from around the world every year and is the largest and most popular fluid mechanics conference in the world.

Dr. Criswell received the 2014 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Advisor Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marvin Criswell for being selected as the 2014 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Advisor. Dr. Criswell is the 21st awardee of a program dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering education. A $1,000 cash award will be given in his name to the Dean McLean's discretionary fund and he is invited to attend the 2014 Convention in Spokane, WA on October 2-4 of this year.

Dr. Steven Abt presented a Lifetime Achievement Award

Steven Abt, Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers – Environmental and Water Resources Institute during its annual meeting in Portland, OR. He was cited for his significant contributions to the society, the profession and the nation. Abt is a Fellow and life member of ASCE. He is currently serving as a Senior Research Scientist at CSU and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers.

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud joins the School of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud now holds a joint faculty appointment with the School of Biomedical Engineering at CSU. His main bioengineering research is aimed at developing probabilistic frameworks for the evaluation of the risk of failure of biological tissues on the component and system levels. Dr. Mahmoud's current research focuses on mitigating risk of premature labor through probabilistic evaluation of cervix-uterus interaction on the system level. Traditional methods of assessing the risk of early labor have only focused on the cervix as opposed to the cervical-uterus systems. The simulated systems are assessed in terms of the cervical opening as a performance parameter since it is a direct indicator of cervical failure. Dr. Mahmoud's graduate class on Mechanics of Fatigue and Fracture highlights the cross-linking between different fields by covering a wide range of topics ranging from failures in steel bridges and ship structures to hard tissues including bone and teeth.

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.

2013-14 Academic Year Faculty and Staff Awards

Don Silar - Outstanding Academic Partner
Jess Cromley - Staff Award for Excellence
Dan Baker - Outstanding Research Scientist/Instructor
Karan Venayagamoorthy - Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jeff Niemann - Faculty Award for Excellence in Service
John van de Lindt - Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
Tim Gates - Outstanding Faculty Performance

Engineering Days 2014 Awards

Paul Heyliger has been awarded the College of Engineering's Outstanding Faculty Member by the Engineering College Council. The CEE Department's student winners are:

Wenyuan Tang received the Civil Engineering Achievement Award
Jacob Leins received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award
Tyler Dell received the Ralph Parshall Award
Ryne Schroder received the Civil Engineering Student Leadership Award
Qingjing Gong received the Environmental Engineering Achievement Award
Keith Wakefield received the Environmental Engineering Student Leadership Award

Dr. van de Lindt elected as ASCE Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. van de Lindt for being approved by the Executive Committee of ASCE as a new Fellow member! This is a very prestigious honor, and the department is most proud!

Dr. Carlson leads Colorado Water Watch study to chart changes in groundwater

Conducted through Colorado State University in partnership with Noble Energy, the Colorado Water Watch demonstration project will soon begin water table monitoring in test wells at roughly 10 Noble production sites in a real-time look at how the water changes.

"It was conceived not so much as a research project but as a tool to provide information to the public," said project lead researcher Ken Carlson, an associate professor Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU. "The oil and gas industry is taking the initiative here to provide some visibility."

To read the full story, 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:

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.

Dr. Carlson interviewed by the Weather Channel concerning Colorado floods

In memory of Dr. Everett Richardson

With great sadness, we say farewell to a great friend of the department, Dr. Everett Richardson. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy from his many important contributions to this community and we are proud and honored to have known him.

You may read more about Dr. Everett Richardson's legacy here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy Selected to Participate in NAE's 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Eighty-one of the nation's brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 19th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

"The well-being of society will rely on engineering ideas developed by our nation's leading technological thinkers," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The Frontiers of Engineering programs gives some of our most talented early career innovators the opportunity to create interdisciplinary relationships that are critical to shaping and advancing the future."

To read the full story, click here.

NEES-Soft Collapse Testing

The NEES-Soft Project is a five university and industry, National Science Foundation funded collaboration, designed to study "seismic risk reduction for soft-story woodframe buildings." The goal is to develop a better understanding of the behavior of soft-story woodframe buildings under seismic loads through numerical analyses and experimental testing.

The first four phases with four different retrofits all completed successfully. In the final phase, the building was able to survive 17% drift but ultimately collapsed.

All test videos are available on this Youtube channel.

The most recent project update is available here and you can also view the live camera footage from inside and outside the building here.

Recent article on titled, "Shake table experiment brings down the house".

Facing a Looming Water Shortage, State Moves to Use Graywater

Dr. Sharvelle was interviewed by Colorado Public Radio this week, in regards to the potential for using graywater to compensate for the water shortages in this state.

To hear the interview, click here.

Ken Carlson & Kimberly Catton receive two year $1.4 Million DOE grant

Colorado State University has obtained a $1.4 million DOE grant to improve water management during shale oil and gas production. Ken Carlson, a civil engineering professor at Colorado State University, will work with Noble Energy Inc. on a new $1.4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to optimize water management associated with Noble’s oil and gas production in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Weld County.

Carlson and his partners will work to develop computer modeling and online training materials in partnership with industry. He expects that the project will also benefit communities by reducing truck traffic, air emissions and use of water resources. The study will develop tools that will assist industry in siting and designing water treatment plants that are an essential part of the drive to recycle oil and gas related wastewater.

For more information, click here.

In Memory of Dr. Jack Cermak

Jack Cermak, a long time faculty member in our Department and recognized around the world for his contributions to wind engineering passed away on August 21st. Jack had a very distinguished career at CSU including being named University Distinguished Professor and the University started the Cermak Advising Award in his honor. He will be missed by friends and faculty here in the department and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. His memorial service is being held today at 11:00am.

Office of Naval Research selects Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy as a 2012 Young Investigator

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy was selected as one of the 2012 Office of Naval Research Young Investigators. This is a three year award and amounts to approximately $500,000 over this period. This is a very prestigious award and combined with his CAREER award makes this a GREAT year for Karan.

To view the list of 2012 recipients click here.

For more about the ONR young investigator program click here.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy has been awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy has recently been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. As stated on NSF’s website, the CAREER Awards are NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

Karan's primary research expertise is in the field of environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulics with an emphasis on applying numerical simulations of fluid flows to study fundamental problems in civil and environmental engineering. These fundamental problems such as pollution, floods, mixing etc., involve rivers, estuaries, lakes, coastal and open oceans and the atmosphere. The focus of Karan’s CAREER award research is toward basic understanding of turbulent mixing in geophysical flows with the clear objective of formulating and testing better parameterizations of these processes for applications in physical oceanography and engineering.


Quantifying mixing in stably stratified turbulence has profound implications for geophysical flows. For instance, in the ocean, the mixing processes are parameterized through vertical eddy diffusivities in general ocean circulation models. It has been shown that the long term predictions of such models are highly sensitive to the eddy diffusivity parameterizations used. Hence improved parameterizations are necessary for such models to reliably predict the ocean’s role in global climate. Similarly, in the atmosphere, the dispersion models perform relatively poorly under stably stratified conditions. There has been a great deal of effort to develop simple and effective models for turbulent mixing in oceanic flows and other related flows. However, the fundamental role of small-scale turbulent mixing in stably stratified flows is not yet fully understood and has proved difficult to parameterize. The primary theme of Karan’s five year CAREER award is towards improved understanding and modeling of turbulence in oceanic flows that will lead to new generalized formulations for the turbulent fluxes of momentum and scalar. Specifically, through this CAREER award, Karan will perform research using state-of-the-art direct numerical simulations (DNS) and large eddy simulations (LES) with fluid particle tracking to study turbulence in oceanic flows. In particular, new diagnostic tools for the separation and quantification of irreversible momentum and scalar fluxes associated with the energetics of these flows will be developed. The research components of this work will be closely linked to a strong education and outreach program designed to improve understanding of turbulent mixing processes in geophysical flows and enhance the environmental fluid mechanics curriculum in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.

The broader impacts of this research come from the wide applicability of improved mixing parameterizations in oceanography, atmospheric science and engineering, especially concerning climate change, environmental sustainability, renewable energy and national security. Broader impact also comes from the strong integrated educational and outreach program. Karan is currently establishing an environmental fluid dynamics program at Colorado State University (CSU) with an emphasis on empowering students with skill sets required to solve complex geophysics and engineering related problems in multi-disciplinary settings. Research and education are integrated through two new graduate courses in environmental fluid mechanics, in addition to two other courses in that Karan has already developed.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy is an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his BScEng (summa cum laude) and MScEng (cum laude) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (formerly known as the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. More information, please see

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud received the NSF travel award

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud received the NSF travel award, which is actually jointly sponsored by the the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Huixin Earthquake Engineering Foundation, and the U.S.-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation.

The award will provide funding to attend the Second PRC-U.S. Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers (May 21-22, 2012) and the International Conference on Earthquake Engineering Research (ICEER 2012): Challenges in the 21st Century (May 18-21, 2012), as well as a technical tour of Beijing (May 22-24, 2012). Round trip excursion airfare between the U.S. hometown and Harbin, China, conference registration, and all accommodations, meals and local transportation while in China are included in the award.

CO Governor recognizes RMRS/CSU research

Dr. Jorge Ramirez

Dr. Romano Foti

Dr. Tom Brown of the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and his team, Colorado State University Professor Dr. Jorge Ramirez and recent CSU graduate Dr. Romano Foti, received recognition by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper as Designated Finalists in CO-LABS 2011 Governor’s Award for High Impact Research awards for their research, "Quantifying the Current and Future Vulnerability of the United States Water Supply System."


Dr. Brown is the lead Water Resources Scientist for the U.S. Forest Service Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act (RPA) 2010 update. For the last 15 years, he has been researching, evaluating, and modeling water supply and demand. Dr. Ramirez and Dr. Foti were both key partners in this research. This research assesses the current and future vulnerability of our nation’s water supply system and models projected changes in vulnerability using three climate models with several emission scenarios. One key finding shows that future increases in the vulnerability of the U.S. water supply to shortage will depend more on changes in supply than on growth in water demand. This research maps out the demand for, and supply of, water in the contiguous U.S. today and into the future and will be a foundation for water management policy decisions. The publication of this study is anticipated in spring 2012.

"The research conducted by Dr. Brown and his team is exemplary of the Station's mission to develop and deliver knowledge and innovative technology to improve the health and use of the nation's forests and rangelands," said Dr. Sam Foster, Rocky Mountain Research Station Director.

Dr. Ramirez, a Colorado State professor of civil and environmental engineering, currently leads the I-WATER (Integrated Water, Atmosphere, Ecosystems Education and Research) program, a $2.75 million research and education program funded by the National Science Foundation to train the next generation of water scientists. He teaches courses in hydrologic science and engineering and does research on eco-hydrology, land surface atmosphere interactions, sustainability and integrated vulnerability analysis of water and environmental systems, regional evapotranspiration trends and climate change, and the impacts of climate variability on hydrologic processes.

News Release by The Rocky Mountain Research Station

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud Joins the Department

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud joins the department as an Assistant Professor in the structural engineering program. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Hussam’s Ph.D. study focused on conducting system-level seismic assessment of steel frames with energy dissipative connections using hybrid simulation and nonlinear dynamic time-history analysis.

Read More about Dr. Hussam Mahmoud...

Prior to starting his Ph.D., his involvement at UIUC with the Mutli-Axial Full-Scale Sub-Structured Testing and Simulation (MUST-SIM) facility as manager had been a great addition to his academic and research experience. Hussam’s work included conducting various small-scale and large-scale experimental testing and evaluating complex control algorithms and loading protocols used in the tests. Before arriving at UIUC, he worked as a research scientist at the ATLSS Research Center at Lehigh University. His work at Lehigh focused on fatigue and fracture evaluation of steel bridges. The work included material testing, fractographic analysis, field instrumentation and monitoring, weld simulation, and nonlinear finite element analysis. He proposed proto-type retrofits that have successfully been implemented on major bridges in the US.

Hussam is currently teaching Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering and will be teaching Design and Behavior of Steel Structures. He is also interested in developing new courses including Structural Stability and Fatigue and Fracture. He intends to align his teaching goals with that of the department and the college to further increase multidisciplinary studies. He will do so through enriching course material with relevant subjects from different engineering disciplines as well as disciplines in the area of architecture, human psychology and behavior, and economics with the latter two being essential components when covering hazard loss assessment in the Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering course he teaches.

Hussam has many publications ranging between journal, conference, and technical reports. He is a technical reviewer for various journals and is involved with many technical committees including ASCE on steel bridges and Eurocode Committee on Seismic Design-TC 13, among many others.

Energy-Water Consortium at Colorado State University

Dr. Ken Carlson in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Reagan Waskom, Director of the Colorado Water Institute are leading the Energy-Water Consortium at Colorado State University. The consortium is a public-private partnership between CSU and the oil and gas industry that is working to solve important issues related to water and the production of oil and gas in Colorado.

Colorado State University has long been involved with many aspects of oil and gas production including exploration, production, end use, environmental solutions, and policy/regulatory issues.   

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Evan Vlachos receives Honorary Doctorate of Civil Engineering

Evan Vlachos, Professor, received an Honorary Doctorate from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in March of this year in his home country of Greece.

Aristotle University Rector Yannis Mylopoulos and CSU President Tony Frank combined Vlachos' award ceremony with a signing of an International Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities.

The memorandum creates a partnership between the two universities that will focus on:

  • Water diplomacy involving multiple countries;
  • Water resources planning and management with emphasis on new techniques and models;
  • Exploration of extreme hydrologic events such as drought and floods and their consequences for water-scarce and water-stressed hydrologic regimes;
  • Exchanges of graduate students and faculty; and
  • Comparative drought and desertification studies involving the agricultural economies of Colorado and Greece.


"Greece, like the United States, faces overpopulated urban areas with a limited water supply, but it also struggles with water agreements since it is a downstream country," Vlachos said.

Vlachos, an expert in water resources and planning management, is retired from the Department of Sociology at CSU and currently coordinates the North American UNESCO water center, approved by the United Nations, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. CSU's International School for Water Resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering serves as the host organization for the UNESCO center. Also participating from Colorado State are the Colorado Water Institute and the Department of Sociology. The other institutions participating are the University of Arizona, the University of New Hampshire, Oregon State University, and Florida International University.

As a founding member of the UNESCO center, CSU boasts that approximately 120 professors conducting water-related research at Colorado State will also help provide guidance on issues largely facing the world including hydrologic and hydraulic engineering, water planning and systems management; water policy development and governance; ecosystem sustainability; socioeconomic analysis; conflict resolution; and global change.

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1st Place Civil Engineering Senior Design Project Winners

BANAA Engineering
Katherine Adams, Kelly Bergdolt, Fares AlQahtani, Dustin North, Brian Auer

BANAA Engineering conducted research in the area of water reuse and conservation to assist the new Engineering II building in achieving LEED Gold or Platinum Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The building will be located on the corner of Meridian Avenue and Laurel Street on the Colorado State University main campus.


We developed four conservation techniques that include the following:

  1. Installation of a bioswale along the rear of the building next to Laurel Street to collect and treat runoff. Helps remove suspended solids, phosphorous, and various metals from the runoff so the water is much cleaner when it’s infiltrated back into the ground.
  2. Use of native plants for landscaping purposes so water use is reduced.
  3. Use of low flow toilets, waterless urinals, and aerators installed on the faucets to minimize the buildings water use internally.
  4. Installation of a graywater reuse system in the basement of the building that will collect water from the bathroom and lab sinks, treat it, then use that water to refill the toilets and/or irrigate the buildings landscaping.

Water reuse and conservation accounts for 10 points of the maximum 110 points. With our design proposal we are able to contribute 7-8 points toward the maximum of 10.

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy selected for the 2011 Best Teacher Award!

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy has been selected as one of the 2011 Best Teacher Award recipients by the CSU Alumni Association. Each year the CSU Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Connection encourages students, alumni and faculty and staff to submit nominations for our Best Teacher awards. This year Dr. Venayagamoorthy was selected for this award and we are very proud of him and offer him our congratulations!!

$2.75M to Train Next Generation of Water Scientists and Engineers

Civil engineering professor Jorge A Ramirez will head a National Science Foundation education program known as "Water, Atmosphere, Ecosystem Education and Research" or "WATER." Ramirez and his collaborators received the prestigious NSF grant to develop a new doctoral program in integrated, multidisciplinary research and education that addresses the complex hydrologic, ecologic, and socio-economic challenges facing society.

"Water management decisions generate conflicts between humans, ecosystem needs and political jurisdictions," Ramirez said. "Therefore, there is a critical need for scientists who can address three important questions: 1) how can limited fresh water be distributed equitably in a socially acceptable and sustainable framework; 2) what are the relative ecological and societal benefits and drawbacks of management actions; and 3) how can science provide answers for wise water management decisions?"

The five-year grant will train as many as 30 doctoral students in civil and environmental engineering, atmospheric science and ecology on all aspects of WATER science and engineering.

For more information about this new program, contact Jorge A Ramirez or visit this website.

ASCE 2010 Honors and Awards

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering had excellent representation in the Recent ASCE 2010 Honors and Awards:

Donald K. Frevert, Alum Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award
Jon A. Peterka, Alum Jack E. Cermak Medal
Sybil E. Sharvelle, Faculty Rudolph Hering Medal
Mazdak Arabi, Faculty Rudolph Hering Medal
Vijay P. Singh, Alum Norman Medal
Lynda Barber-Wiltse, Alum Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering
Jose D. Salas, Faculty Ven Te Chow Award

Fulbright Scholar to help Chileans rebuild

Civil engineering Professor Larry Roesner will travel to Chile as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to assist rebuilding efforts in areas recovering from this summer's 8.8-magnitude earthquake. Roesner, a widely recognized expert in urban water management, will be helping officials develop a manual for state-of-the-art water and wastewater treatment design.

Read more about Larry Roesner's Fulbright appointment here.

Outreach with our Wind program

The students' visit in our laboratory was a part of a field trip at the Engineering Research Center (ERC) of first grade students from a local elementary school. It is an annual event during which the students visit various laboratories at ERC.

During the visit at the Wind Engineering and Fluids Laboratory (WEFL) students learn how wind effects on buildings and structures are modeled using wind tunnels. To relate the modeling of wind in wind tunnels to students' experience(s) with wind (e.g. during outdoor activities, bike riding, etc.), students are divided into small groups and each group is exposed to wind generated inside a large wind tunnel at WEFL. During this experiment the wind speed is gradually increased and students are asked to compare their perception of the modeled wind with their "wind experiences" during outdoor activities, e.g. bike riding, etc. Graduate students affiliated with WEFL provide assistance during this testing. A general Q&A period, during which 1st graders are encouraged to ask questions related to wind and related topics, concludes the students' visit at WEFL. It appears that impact of students' experience with with-tunnel generated wind is long lasting, as some of the students (several years later) seek assistance at WEFL during their work on science fair projects and other science/learning activities.

Over the years the personnel of WEFL have participated in a number of wind engineering outreach activities involving teachers and students from local K12 schools, and a couple of pre-school care/learning centers. Information on wind engineering activities at WEFL can be found at

2010 Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty and Awards

Staff Award for Excellence
Kathy Stencel

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
Darrell G. Fontane

Outstanding Faculty Performance
Subhas K. Venayagamoorthy

Faculty Award for Excellence in Service/Outreach
Sybil E. Sharvelle

Faculty Award for Excellence in Service/Outreach
Jose L. Chavez

Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
Thomas C. Sale

*Other Awards*

Mazdak Arabi was selected by ASCE for the 2010 Rudolph Hering Medal.

Suren Chen received the 2009 Collingwood Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. In addition he received the 2009 ASCE Outstanding Reviewer and was nominated for the Best Teacher Award by the Colorado State Alumni Association.

Tim Gates was nominated for the Best Teacher Award by the Colorado State Alumni Association.

Linda Hinshaw received the College of Engineering Outstanding Administrative Professional Award.

Paul Heyliger received the Best Professor of the Year, by the COE Student Engineering Legislature.

Jorge Ramirez was selected as an Outstanding Faculty Member by CSU's Greek Life Community this year.

Jose Salas was selected by ASCE for the 2010 Ven Te Chow Award.

Sybil Sharvelle was selected by ASCE for the 1010 Rudolph Hering Medal.

Karan Venayagamoorthy received the Lorenz G. Straub award from the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota for his Ph.D. dissertation.

Evan Vlachos received the Office of International Programs 2010 Distinguished Service Award which recognizes faculty or staff who have made a significant impact campus-wide on internationalization efforts of Colorado State University.

Emeritus Professor, Dr. Robert Ward, receives the 2010 Elizabeth Jester Fellows Award

Dr. Robert C. Ward, is dedicated to improving the state of the science of water quality monitoring through the delivery of quality education, development of coherent water monitoring systems, and promotion of the development of water quality information that the public and decision makers can understand, trust, and use to further improve water resources. Dr. Ward taught two generations of students in operations research, engineering design, and water quality monitoring during his 35-year tenure at CSU and through his "Short Course on Water Quality Monitoring Network Design." His seminal text on this topic and the monitoring network design he helped develop in New Zealand stand as testament to his work. His profession of goal-oriented monitoring was reflected in the Interim Task Force on Monitoring products, as well as the National Water Quality Monitoring Council's (NWQMC) Framework for Water Quality Monitoring. Internationally he has served on the scientific Organizing Committee for four Europe-wide conferences on water quality monitoring.

Read More about the Elizabeth Jester Fellows Award...

Elizabeth Jester Fellows headed the Assessment and Watershed Protection Division in EPA's Office of Water until November 2000. She dedicated her career to natural resources management, environmental protection, and public service. She envisioned the creation of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) and advocated for the development of a national framework for collecting, assessing, and communicating water quality monitoring information. In her memory, the NWQMC has established the Elizabeth Jester Fellows Award to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement, exemplary service, and distinguished leadership in the field of water quality monitoring.

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy wins the Lorenz G. Straub award

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy, an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU has won the prestigious Lorenz G. Straub award from the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota for his 2006 PhD dissertation at Stanford University.

Professor Roberto Ballarini (the Head of Department of Civil Engineering) who presented the award to Dr. Venayagamoorthy at the Award Ceremony held at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.


Established under the Lorenz G. Straub Memorial Fund, this Award is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields. The competition is international, and nominations may be made by any recognized civil and environmental engineering program in the world. Recipients are presented with a Straub Award medal, certificate and a monetary gift.

The recipient of the 2006 Straub Award is Dr. Subhas Karan Venayagamoorthy, who completed his PhD work at Stanford University under the advisorship of Professor Oliver Fringer. Karan's PhD title was “Energetics and dynamics of internal waves on a shelf break using numerical simulations." It was also a double honor for Karan when the Director of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos gave Karan the opportunity to present the colloquium at the award ceremony. Typically this special colloquium is presented by a keynote speaker while the award winner is normally requested to give a brief presentation of his/her dissertation.

The 41st Straub Award ceremony occurred on April 7, 2010 at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, during which Dr. Venayagamoorthy presented a seminar entitled "Probing the physics of internal waves on a shelf break using numerical simulations". The award was presented to Karan by the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Professor Roberto Ballarini (see picture).

For more information about Dr. Venayagamoorthy, please visit his webpage - here

Dr. Salas to receive award from the American Society of Civil Engineers

Dr. Jose Salas's prestigious new award from the American Society of Civil Engineers will be presented May 16-20 in Providence, Rhode Island. This is the most visible and prestigious award given in his field of hydrology.

The prestigious Ven Te Chow award of the American Society of Civil Engineers is presented annually to individuals in recognition of lifetime "...exceptional achievement and significant contribution in research, education, and practice" in the field of hydrologic engineering. In particular, Pepe is being recognized for his significant contributions to hydrology in the areas of probabilistic and stochastic characterization of hydrologic processes, flood forecasting, regional drought analysis, and frequency analysis, as well as for his contributions to education through books and publications (he is currently working on his second book now). The award letter mentions his modeling of the Colorado River, the Nile, and the Great Lakes Basin.

Dr. Tom Sale's Seminar influences DuPont's groundwater tests

During the March 1 grand opening of the DuPont information center at 223 Wanaque Ave., an informational seminar with Dr. Thomas Sale of Colorado State University was held. DuPont has used research scientists at CSU to study how it can properly clean the underground water.

To read the full story, click here.

Total Water Management" by Dr. Neil Grigg

Global water issues loom large with continued water scarcity, flood damages, pollution, and other problems. Neil Grigg, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State, addressed them with a new book entitled: Total Water Management: Leadership practices for a sustainable future. The book was published in 2008 by the American Water Works Association and introduced at their annual Conference and Exposition, held in June in Atlanta, Georgia.

Total Water Management (TWM) is a framework for principles and practices of sustainable water resources management and is similar to the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management.

The central concepts of TWM are aimed at sustaining use of water and the environment. Dr. Grigg's book includes several chapters aimed directly at this goal. They include: planning and shared governance; triple bottom line reporting; value of water; and environmental stewardship, ethics, and education.

Dr. Sharvelle & Dr. Arabi selected for the 2010 Rudolph Hering Medal

Two of our faculty members, Dr. Sybil Sharvelle and Dr. Mazdak Arabi, have been selected by ASCE for the 2010 Rudolph Hering Medal, for the paper "Model Development for Biotrickling Filter Treatment of Graywater Simulant and Waste Gas: I." which was published in the Journal of Environmental Engineering in October 2008.

The Rudolph Hering Medal was instituted and endowed in 1924 by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE, in honor of Rudolph Hering, past vice president of the society. The medal is awarded to the author(s) of the paper which contains the most valuable contribution to the increase of knowledge in, and to the advancement of, the environmental branch of the engineering profession.In selecting the paper, the selection committee particularly noted its originality.

Suren Chen receiving ASCE Collingwood Prize

Suren Chen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE is the recipient of the 2009 Collingwood Prize for the paper, "Equivalent Wheel Load Approach for Slender Cable-Stayed Bridge Assessment Under Traffic and Wind: Feasibility Study," published the Journal of Bridge Engineering, November-December 2007.


Currently, fatigue design only considers one design truck per bridge, which may not be rational for long-span bridges. Dr. Chen's paper develops a new "equivalent dynamic wheel load approach" for considering the complicated interactions between vehicle, bridge, and wind when more than one vehicle may be present by creating equations which are independent of the number of vehicles. The simplification resulting from the new method lays a foundation for advancing bridge design codes to more accurately analyze fatigue for long-span bridges under wind and actual traffic conditions.

The Collingwood Prize is awarded to the author or authors, under 35 years of age, of a paper describing an engineering project with which the author is directly connected, or recording investigations contributing to engineering knowledge to which the author has contributed some essential contributions and which contains a rational digest of results. The prize consists of a wall plaque and a certificate which have been presented in the 139th ASCE annual meeting on October 31th 2009.

Additional details about Collingwood prize can also be found here.

You can view theofficial citation from ASCE here.

Karan Venayagamoorthy won the Lorenz G. Straub award

One of our faculty members, Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy, has won the Lorenz G. Straub award from the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the Univ of Minn. for his 2006 PhD dissertation at Stanford University.

"Established under the Lorenz G. Straub Memorial Fund, this Award is given for the most meritorious thesis in hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, or related fields. The competition is international, and nominations may be made by any recognized civil and environmental engineering program in the world. Recipients are presented with a Straub Award medal and a monetary gift."

Congratulations, Karan!

US Army Corps of Engineers contracts CSU to Design Levee Overtopping Facility in wake of Hurricane Katrina

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded $1.7 million to Chris Thornton, director of the Engineering Research Center, to design and build one of the world’s largest wave overtopping simulators at the university's Foothills Campus in Fort Collins.

The CSU team will be initially responsible for generating guidelines and methodologies for determining the forces exerted on levees during extreme storm conditions for all levee systems, not just the New Orleans area, said Thornton, also an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department.


Analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that the protected side of levee slopes are vulnerable to erosion and, therefore, potential catastrophic breach during large hurricane events. Raising levees to the 1% design crest elevation reduces this risk, however, they still remains a risk of erosion during wave-only overtopping events in excess of the 1% design loading.

Industry opinion is that knowledge of resistance to erosion caused by wave only overtopping is under-developed, and knowledge related to designing erosion armoring systems to protect against wave-only overtopping is altogether lacking. Any controlled testing of grass-covered slopes, or any protection system intended to stabilize soil slopes, must be conducted at full scale because of insurmountable scaling effects.

Therefore, full-scale overtopping testing under this very dynamic hydraulic loading is essential to provide appropriate levels of confidence in future designs of protected side levee armoring solutions. To achieve this goal, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has contracted with Colorado State University to design, construct and operate a full scale levee overtopping facility.

To Read More, click here.

Pinar Omur-Ozbek to Train City Water Engineers Wednesday, Nov. 18

On Wednesday, Pinar Omur-Ozbek, a research assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the university, will train Fort Collins Water Treatment Utility personnel to diagnose certain chemicals in the water using their sense of taste and smell.


Omur-Ozbek conducts training known as Flavor Profile Analysis (Standard Method 2170), which is designed to help water engineers more quickly diagnose water problems and take faster action to minimize consumer complaints. Her research focuses on the aesthetic issues associated with drinking water.

"The water industry spends millions of dollars each year to tackle the taste and odor of drinking water," said Omur-Ozbek, who just joined Colorado State from Virginia Tech. “We can help cities manage these issues just with simple taste-and-smell techniques. Using their noses, they can diagnose earthy or musty smells in their source water that indicate the presence of certain chemicals and hence they will be able to more quickly act to address them. We're calibrating people to rate the intensity of odors in the water. The intensity of the odor correlates to the concentration of the odorant which will help with deciding on the proper treatment method."

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USDA Awards Dr. Mazdak Arabi & eRAMS Technology

Mazdak Arabi, CSU civil and environmental engineering professor, is lead researcher for this project that was awarded $615,000 as part of the 2009 USDA national and watershed scale grants totaling $1.2 million to aid in research addressing critical water resource issues. This integrated study aims to develop and disseminate an innovative open-source web technology called eRAMS that enhances decision makers' capacity to target conservation practices for sediment, nutrient and pesticide control.


This project takes technology transfer to a whole new level because end users don’t need new software or hardware to obtain data, develop appropriate models, and perform scenario analysis and optimization studies. Watershed planners will benefit from vast data resources and models that are currently accessible to the research community and can assess the costs and conservation benefits of alternative management scenarios.

Although efforts will initially be focused in the South Platte River Basin in Colorado, the technology will be applicable to two watersheds in Indiana and North Carolina with significantly different ecohydrologic characteristics. Additionally, educational and outreach materials will be developed and used in two courses at CSU and in national workshops.

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CSU & Simpson Strong-Tie Lead World's Largest Earthquake Shake Table Test in Japan

Colorado State University along with industry leader Simpson Strong-Tie and other partners successfully led the world's largest earthquake shake table test in Japan on Tuesday, July 14, showing that midrise wood-frame buildings can be built to withstand major earthquakes.

"Thorough detailed analysis of the data won't be available for weeks, but scientists are pleased with the initial results," said John van de Lindt, principal investigator on the test and civil engineering professor at Colorado State University.

Van de Lindt has conducted tests over the past three years involving smaller structures at shake tables at CSU and in collaboration with co-investigator A. Filiatrault at the State University of New York-Buffalo in preparation for the capstone test in Japan. The Japan test will enable researchers to confirm that the new design approach meets expectations.

"Previous testing has shown us that our modeling procedures are accurate for low-rise wood-frame buildings, but the test in Japan will confirm new models for mid-rise wood-frame buildings developed at CSU and design approaches developed at Texas A&M University as part of the project," said van de Lindt.

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Professor Honored with National Award for Work on Worldwide Irrigation Water Management

Wayne Clyma, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Colorado State University, has been honored with the 2009 Kishida International Award by The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award recognizes Clyma's interdisciplinary approaches in the improvement of worldwide irrigation water management through teaching, research and consulting.

Clyma received the award - with $1,000 - at the ASABE Annual International Meeting on June 24 in Reno, Nev.

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Department of the Interior awards CSU & Dr. Jose Salas with the Partners in Conservation Award

In Washington D.C. on May 7th, 2009, the Department of the Interior presented the Partners in Conservation Award to several organizations that contributed in developing the "Colorado River Interim Guidelines". Among them, Colorado State University (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) along with three other universities were recognized for helping in the effort.

The contribution of Colorado State University, has been through two back to back research projects dealing with Stochastic Hydrology of the Colorado River. In these projects Dr. Salas and graduate students utilized innovative record extension techniques for updating the data base of naturalized flows of the Colorado River system, developed new approaches for reconstructing streamflows of the Colorado River based on tree ring indices, developed potential scenarios of streamflows that may occur in the Colorado in future years, characterized multiyear droughts of the Colorado using simulation and mathematical techniques, and tested the effects of stochastic streamflows on the operations of the Colorado River system, particularly the effects on reservoir levels and outflows of the two major lakes, i.e. Lake Powell and Lake Mead.

Additionally the project helped improving the software SAMS (Stochastic Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation), software developed at CSU for stochastic simulation of hydrological data. Two Ph.D. students T.S. Lee and Z. Tarawneh were funded by the referred projects. Also Ph.D. students C.J. Fu and D.J. Lee and M.S. student J. Keedy collaborated in some parts of the projects.

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Celebration of CE Emeritus Professor Maurice Albertson's Life

Maurice L. Albertson, a civil engineering emeritus professor who played a critical role in the creation of the Peace Corps, died on Jan. 11, 2009, at age 90. The Celebration of Life for Maurice (Maury) Albertson is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover Street in Fort Collins.

For more information about Maury Albertson's incredible life and accomplishments, click here.

In Memory of Dr. James Warner

On December 18, 2008, Dr. James Walter Warner passed away suddenly. He was a faculty member of CSU's Civil Engineering department since 1981 and during that time he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award and served as the CSU Groundwater Engineering program leader. He was also a recognized expert in the Groundwater field. He was very dedicated to his students and to Colorado State University.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Warner, his six children and twelve grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Yang Receives the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize

Saudi Arabia recently honored Chih Ted Yang, a civil engineering professor at Colorado State University, with the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, one of the world's most prestigious awards for water-related subjects, for his work on Sedimentation Control in Surface Water Systems. Over 70 people competed for this prize and the award comes with a personal award of $133,000.

Yang is the Borland Professor of Water Resources and director of the Hydroscience and Training Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.

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Professor Salas, Member of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico

On November 7th, 2008, Jose D. Salas, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering was selected as a corresponding (foreign) member of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico (AEM). The admission ceremony was held at the Engineering Conference Hall of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Ing. N. Dominguez, Administrative Director of AEM described the process of admission as corresponding member and Dr. Octavio Rascon, President of the Academy presented a medal and a diploma to Dr. Salas, which represent the symbols of the membership. The Academy of Engineering awards membership to successful professionals that make significant contributions to engineering practice, research, and teaching. The nomination of Professor Salas highlighted his contributions in the field of stochastic hydrology and its applications to water resources planning and management.

Dr. Salas enjoyed visiting with members of the Academy and UNAM, and touring the City of Mexico. He will continue serving in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hydraulics of Mexico and came back with the promise of returning to Mexico in the near future.

Sustainability and Public Works

Developing green cities is one of the most important goals in achieving a sustainable society. The American Public Works Association (APWA) has recently appointed a task force to recommend how engineers and infrastructure managers can take leadership across their responsibilities in engineering, management, and the different functions of public works.

Dr. Neil Grigg, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State, was appointed to the task force to represent APWA’s Engineering and Technology Committee. APWA leaders think that engineers and public works managers can take the lead in planning and building systems to achieve sustainability. A few examples they cite are: reducing paved surface areas and maintaining tree cover; pavement rehabilitation that reuses materials; natural drainage systems; LEED certification program for entire cities; low impact development (LID); environmental improvement; local food production; affordable housing; transportation systems that work for all; abundant recreation and outdoor opportunities; and minimum carbon footprint.

Alumni 50-Year Club award winner, Everett Richardson

The CSU Alumni Association and the 50-Year Club are proud to announce the 2008 winner of the 50-Year Club Outstanding Recognition Award, Everett Richardson.

Everett Richardson ('49, '60, '65) has a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University. He started his career as a hydraulic engineer and associate director of research for the U.S. Geological Survey from 1949-1968.

In 1968, Richardson joined CSU as a faculty member, and is professor emeritus of civil engineering, having taught for 20 years (1968-1988). From 1968-1983 he was administrator of the Engineering Research Center at CSU, and from 1984-1988 he was the professor in charge of the hydraulics program and director of the hydraulics laboratory.

Richardson has vast experience with international projects, including research and response projects for the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, and river development studies in the United States, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Venezuela. He is a professional engineer (P.E.) with the state of Colorado and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a senior associate at Ayres Associates in Fort Collins.

Richardson's wife, Billie (Kleckner), is a 1948 alumna, and all of their children are alumni: Thomas E. Richardson, '74; Gail Frick, '75; Jerry R. Richardson, '80. Richardson is a Life Member of the Alumni Association. To visit the CSU Alumni Association, go to

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Study seeks to look at water needs of whole basin

by Chris Woodka
The Pueblo Chieftain

Moving water, either through sales or leases of agricultural rights to cities, will always have consequences for both water supply and quality. Better understanding those consequences for the Arkansas River is the goal of an ambitious study proposed by Colorado State University professors Tim Gates and John Labadie. The roundtable sent the CSU request for $1.65 million to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Arkansas River Valley

"We can't deal with a problem of moving water either in or out of the basin without looking at the entire basin," Labadie told the Arkansas River basin, we can use it to improve efficiency and still meet the needs of water rights and the Arkansas River Compact."

"Chase the Wind" Transportation Safety Studies on I-70

If you have ever watched the movie "Twister", you may still remember those scientists who chased the tornado using those sensors floating in the air. CSU researchers recently also chased strong wind along I-70 with various sensors.

Dr. Suren Chen (PI) and Dr. Juhua Liu (co-PI) with two graduate students in Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at CSU have been working on a research project entitled "Traffic Safety Vulnerability Information Platform (TS-VIP) for Highways in Mountainous Areas Using Geospatial Multimedia Technology", which is sponsored by Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC)-a USDOT university transportation research center. The research team integrates an advanced 3-D ultrasonic anemometer for wind measurements, a NI mobile data acquisition system for vehicle dynamics, three accelerometers, and a GPS-based video mapping system (VMS) for collecting geospatial multimedia information of the Interstate highway. The overall goal of the project is to develop a framework and web-based platform of a “Transportation Safety Vulnerability map” with traffic safety characteristics on feature points.

Lessons Learned from Tornado Damage Investigations

In the wake of the Windsor tragedy and as we approach the heart of tornado season along eastern Plains, it's a good opportunity to review the major strides scientists have made in improving lives through structural engineering - and the work still ahead.

In addition to being an innovator in renewable energy, Colorado has a potential to become regional (and with appropriate institutional support) national leader in providing science-based and sustainability engineering-oriented solutions to reduce wind-induced direct and indirect losses. Organizations such as Colorado State University are working on advancing fundamental and applied research focused on new solutions to reduce wind-induced property and human losses.

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Graywater Irrigation

If Sybil Sharvelle has her way, your daily showers will bring flowers. An assistant professor in the civil and environmental engineering department, Sharvelle’s area of expertise is biological waste processing.

Currently, her research focuses on the reuse of household graywater from baths, showers, hand sinks, and laundry for landscape irrigation.

Graywater is diverted through a separate plumbing system to a storage tank, while water from the kitchen sink and toilet continues through the sewer system.

"We're looking at irrigation of landscape only," Sharvelle says. "Because graywater can contain very small amounts of fecal material, it is not known to be safe for use in food gardens."

Read the full story from the CE Spring 08 Newsletter.

Studies of Photovoltaic Roofing Systems

Departmental involvement in development of renewable energy systems includes research and service activities carried out at the Wind Engineering and Fluids Laboratory (WEFL,, under guidance of Dr. B. Bienkiewicz. These efforts have been primarily focused on development of optimized wind resistant photovoltaic (PV) roofing systems. The WEFL’s team has assisted several companies developing such products. The most prominent on this list is SunPower Corporation (, a leading US provider of a variety of photovoltaic systems installed worldwide.

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Dr. Brian Bledsoe Receives the Fulbright Award

Dr. Brian Bledsoe was one of two Colorado State University faculty members to be awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture and conduct research abroad.

Bledsoe will leave in March for the Universidad de Concepcion in Chile for the 2008 academic year. He will host interdisciplinary river seminars about managing river flows and stream monitoring for environmental scientists, aquatic ecologists and engineers.

In Chile, Bledsoe will research how hydrologic and geomorphic processes influence variations in stream ecology around the landscape. He will also focus on environmental flows below dams, balancing how much water is needed to sustain a healthy ecosystem while fulfilling human needs.

About 800 U.S. faculty and professionals will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.

Story by Emily Narvaes Wilmsen

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Dr. Amy Pruden Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Dr. Amy J. Pruden-Bagchi was one of two Colorado State University faculty members to be honored by President George Bush on Thursday, November 1 with the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.

This program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This presidential award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

Pruden-Bagchi, nominated by the National Science Foundation, is recognized for research using molecular biology to investigate the pathways, mitigation and treatment of antibiotic-resistant genes in the environment.

Story by Emily Narvaes Wilmsen

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