We strive to develop and sustain exceptional research programs with national and international impact.

What starts here changes the world. The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is known for discovery leading to solutions to global challenges in water, health, energy, and the environment. The true goal of research is to discover technologies, standards, methods, products, and processes that improve the world we live in.

Areas of Excellence

Research News

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Centers & Labs

Located on- and off-campus, the College’s centers and labs make cutting-edge research possible, and facilitate practical, hands-on learning experiences for students.

Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)

An interdisciplinary effort with the Department of Atmospheric Science, CASA focuses on improved methods for detecting and predicting dangerous weather using networks of radars.

Center for Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (CSITS)

Aims to conduct multi-disciplinary research, education and outreach on promoting the sustainability of critical transportation infrastructure system subjected to normal and hazardous conditions.


Suren Chen

Rebecca Atadero

Colorado Climate Center

Works to provide information and expertise on Colorado's complex climate. Through its threefold program of Climate Monitoring (data acquisition, analysis, and archiving), Climate Research and Climate Services, the Center is responding to many climate related questions and problems affecting the state today.


Nolan Doesken
(970) 491-8545

Composite Materials, Manufacture & Structures

Composite Materials, with the focus on advancing the fundamental knowledge related to the application of these materials. Addresses research and educational issues related to composite materials.


Donald Radford
(970) 491-8677

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Conducts interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and international resources and partnerships, and assisting NOAA, Colorado State University, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit.


Christian Kummerow
(970) 491-7473

CSU Chill National Weather Radar Facility

The CSU-CHILL National Weather Radar Facility, located in Greeley, CO, is an advanced, transportable dual-polarized dual-wavelength (S- and X-band) weather radar system. The facility is operated by Colorado State University, under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and the University.


Steven Rutledge
(970) 491-8283

Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology (EUV)

This center is developing laser technologies to help create the smallest, most powerful computer circuits ever generated, as well as other advanced nanotechnologies of critical importance to the national economy.


Jorge Rocca
(970) 491-8242

Graduate Geoenvironmental Room/Geotechnical Lab

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.


Charles Shackelford
(970) 491-5051

Hydraulic Research Laboratory

A world-class facility comprised of flumes and associated equipment for hydraulic model studies and hydraulic research. Supports research, trains undergraduate and graduate students and provides hydraulic testing and support services.


Chris Thornton
(970) 491-8394

Industrial Assessment Center

Has been providing manufacturers with free plant assessments and suggestions for improved operations since 1984. Integrates emerging technologies into the K-12 classroom and helps teachers stimulate students' interests in science, math, technology and engineering.


Tom Bradley

Mike Kostrzewa

International School of Water Resources (ISWR)

Provides advanced training for engineers and managers concerned with water resources engineering and technical management alternatives. Typical ISWR participants are water agency managers, academic faculty, engineers, and technical support staff who already hold a college degree or title, but want advanced training in a water-related field without having to complete requirements for a formal degree.


Darrell Fontane
(970) 491-5248

Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC)

Several factors are driving the search for sustainable alternative energy sources: projections of increased demand and decreased supply of petroleum, concerns about increasing greenhouse gas levels, and the desire for increased domestic energy production. Colorado State University has created the Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC) to address these needs and achieve the goal of energy production that is economically and environmentally sustainable.


Kenneth F. Reardon
(970) 491-6505

Urban Water Center

Dedicated to the study of water use management in urban areas, and research into management and uses of alternatives that will lead to better water use and reduced infrastructure costs. The lab is also a teaching lab for urban water systems analysis and urban storm water systems management.


Sybil Sharvelle
(970) 491-6081