Research Centers & Institutes

Center for Contaminant Hydrology

The Center for Contaminant Hydrology (CCH) is a nationally recognized program focused on finding innovative solutions for inadvertant release of contaminants to subsurface environments. Key attributes of the program include interdisciplinary studies, close collaboration with sponsors, collaboration with other academic programs, a focus on field scale studies, and innovation. Director: Thomas C. Sale Phone: 970-491-8413 Fax: 970-491-8224. Go to CCH website.

Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning

The Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning at Colorado State University, funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will accelerate the development of system-level models and databases that will provide the technology for enhancing community resilience in a research and development program involving three major thrusts. In addition to faculty at CSU, the team members include noted experts in resilience from the University of Oklahoma, Oregon State University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, the University of Illinois, the University of Washington, the University of South Alabama, and two minority serving institutions, California Polytechnic University, Pomona and Texas A&M-Kingsville. The decision framework created in the Center will provide a unique set of science-based measurement tools, supported by fully integrated databases and risk-informed decision methods, to optimize the design and management of individual facilities and interdependent community infrastructure systems so as to achieve resilience goals while managing life-cycle costs, thus making it possible to establish, for the first time, a business case for achieving community resilience.. Go to the center website.

Center for Explosive Research and Testing of Geomaterials

The Center for Explosive Research and Testing of Geomaterials conducts laboratory and field explosive research and testing on geomaterials. Director: Wayne A. Charlie Phone: (970) 491-5048 Fax: (970) 491-7727.

Colorado Water Resources Research Institute

The Colorado Water Resources Research Institute (CWRRI) provides a statewide link for the identification of priority water-related problems and coordinates research and technology transfer. Interim Director: Reagan Waskom Phone: (970) 491-6308 Fax: (970) 491-2293. Go to the CWRRI website.

Engineering Research Center

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 Fax: (970) 491-8462.

Integrated Decision Support Group (IDS)

The Integrated Decision Support Group (IDS) combines advanced modeling techniques with software engineering to create Decision Support Systems for water and natural resources management. Develops decision support systems by combining software engineering and geographic information systems with advanced modeling techniques in natural resources management and civil and agricultural engineering. Promote "cross-pollination" of ideas by working with people who have different technical expertise including sponsoring agencies. Director: Luis Garcia Phone: (970) 491-5144 Fax: (970) 491-7626. Go to IDS website.

International School for Water Resources (ISWR)

The International School for Water Resources (ISWR) was established in 1967 to provide advanced non-degree training for engineers and managers concerned with water resources engineering and technical management alternatives. Go to ISWR website.


I-WATER IGERT is an NSF-sponsored program designed to prepare Ph.D. students to work in an interdisciplinary team-based activity. Our research themes involve interacting teams of hydrologists, meteorologists, ecologists, and management experts. I-WATER features problem-focused research to bridge basic and appllied science by combining fundamental research on scientific problems with application of scientific knowledge to actual resource issues. Director: Jorge Ramirez Phone: (970) 491-7621 Fax: (970) 491-7727. Go to I-WATER website.

Mountain-Plains Consortium

The Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC), is one of 10 University Transportation Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The MPC is the center for Region VIII and a national resource and focal point for the support of research and training concerning the transportation infrastructure and the movement of passengers and freight. Richard Gutowski Phone: 491-8291 Fax: 491-2788. Go to the MPC website.

Nelson & Shepard-Miller Graduate Geotechnical Laboratory, Geoenvironmental Lab & Advanced Geoenvironmental Testing Center (AGENTC)

The Nelson & Shepard-Miller Graduate Geotechnical Laboratory, Geoenvironmental Lab & Advanced Geoenvironmental Testing Center (AGENTC) serves as a center for the development and utilization of advanced testing capabilities for implementation in geoenvironmental engineering practice. The objectives are: to offer advanced testing capabilities that meet the requirements and demands of the geoenvironmental engineering industry, and to increase existing equipment and testing capabilities at Colorado State University in the areas of unsaturated and saturated flow and transport, particularly with respect to materials being used in the geoenvironmental industry. Director: Charles Shackelford Phone: (970) 491-5051 Fax: (970) 491-7727.

Urban Water Center

Go to the Urban Water Center Website.

The Water Center at Colorado State University

Go to the Water Center at Colorado State University Website.