Research

The primary locations for Civil and Environmental Engineering research are:

  • Engineering Building
    The Engineering Building, on the main Colorado State campus, is home to Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as other engineering departments.
  • Glover Building (Engineering South)
    The Glover Building, also known as Engineering South, is home to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, as well as several civil engineering labs and computing spaces.
  • Engineering Research Center (ERC)
    The ERC is an 110,000-square-foot research facility supporting faculty and student projects in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Director: Christopher I. Thorton, phone: (970) 491-8394.

Latest News

Dr. Mahmoud leading team that's devising innovative repairs for steel structures in canals and rivers

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud is leading a team that’s devising innovative repairs for steel structures in canals and rivers – some dating back to the 1920s – that are showing their age due to corrosion, fatiguing and cracking. The team is heads-down on an experiment in CSU’s Structural Laboratory, located at the Foothills Campus.

In the lab, Mahmoud and team are testing the structural integrity of a steel plate submerged in a churning water bath. The plate represents a hydraulic structure called a miter gate, which opens and closes in a river lock many times a day. A long, irregular crack is visible on the experimental plate's surface.

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UWIN is working toward a Water Sustainability Blueprint

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is directed by Mazdak Arabi, Borland Professor of Water Resources in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The 15-member organization deploys the best minds in geosciences, ecology, atmospheric sciences, water resources, urban planning and social sciences to create innovative solutions for urban water problems.

The UWIN is working toward a Water Sustainability Blueprint that will include steps and guidance for action, which should be relevant to cities of all sizes.

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"Water Science and Engineering for Global Solutions" awarded by PRSE

The proposal "Water Science and Engineering for Global Solutions" submitted by Neil Grigg, Jorge Ramirez and Mazdak Arabi to the University's Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) has been awarded for the next three years. This represents a continuation of our Department being recognized as a PRSE in the water resources area.

Congratulations Neil, Jorge and Mazdak!

Dr. Niemann team awarded a $1 million SBIR Phase II grant

Dr. Jeff Niemann

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Dr. Jeff Niemann is part of a team that was awarded a $1 million SBIR Phase II grant. The team includes Technology Service Corporation (TSC), based in Maryland, and Colorado State University. At CSU, the team includes both Dr. Niemann from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Andy Jones from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA).

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The grant is funded by the U.S. Army through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The purpose of the grant is to develop a commercial software package that estimates soil moisture patterns at spatial resolutions that are required for various Army and commercial applications such as vehicle mobility, sustainable land management, agricultural production, and mitigation of mosquito-borne illnesses. The software will be developed by TSC, who is the lead institution, based on past and continuing research by Dr. Niemann and Dr. Jones on soil moisture estimation and downscaling. Graduate students Garret Cowley and Dylan Hoehn will be central to the continued development and testing of the soil moisture method.

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