What starts here changes the world. The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is known for numerous discoveries, leading to solutions for 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.
1: National Research Council (2010); 2: US News and World Report (2016)
Colorado State leads in methane emissions research
Colorado State University's Methane Emissions Test and Evaluation Center (METEC) tests the performance of low-cost methane sensing technologies, through researchers operating a facility that simulates natural gas production sites under real-world industry conditions...
Arun Kota CAREER award
The National Science Foundation has named Arun Kota, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, a recipient of its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Kota’s award will support his research into liquid-repellent surfaces...
Elizabeth Barnes wins NSF CAREER award
Elizabeth Barnes, assistant professor from the Department of Atmospheric Science, was named a recipient of the NSF CAREER award for tools providing insight connecting loss of sea ice and accelerated warming of the Arctic to midlatitude weather patterns...
Protecting the grid
CSU engineering professor Sid Suryanarayanan and his partners successfully demonstrated the Real-Time SuperLab concept. They are among the first in the nation to apply high-performance computing techniques to the management of the electric power grid...
Q Bio at CSU
A recent Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from NIGMS/NIH is allowing Assistant Professor Brian Munsky to leverage his expertise in computational biology, to probe the information content in single-cell fluctuations...
PECASE awarded to hurricane researcher Michael Bell
For his groundbreaking work observing and modeling tropical cyclones, CSU associate professor Michael Bell has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers...
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Diagnostic tool development
Systems and synthetic biology
Advanced combustion technology
Efficient and resilient infrastructure
Impacts of energy
Lasers and optical technologies
Renewable and sustainable energy
CSU has a rich legacy of excellence in water research, dating back to the earliest days of the University. Today, engineering faculty working in hydrology, hydraulics, water resources, and water infrastructure and management are continuing and expanding upon this legacy, helping us maintain a national and international prominence in this societally critical area.
Atmospheric Rivers | Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Prediction of Extreme Events | Satellite-, Aircraft-, and Ground-Based Cloud and Precipitation Observations | Radar Meteorology | Watershed Modeling | Precipitation, Soil Moisture, and Vegetation Interactions
Observational capabilities from a variety of platforms are leveraged to produce new insights into regional and global precipitation amounts and patterns, and their impacts on climate, agriculture, transportation, and ecosystems.
Department of Atmospheric Science
Open and Closed Channel Flows | Turbulence | Erosion and Sediment Transport | Assessment and Repair of Hydraulic Structures | River Mechanics
Our unique laboratory facilities enable the physical modeling of hydraulic systems at true scales, complementing our modeling and theoretical work in this area.
Watershed Modeling and Management | Hydrometeorology | Groundwater and Surface Water Flow | Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions | Contaminant Transport | Flooding
Combined observational and modeling approaches are applied to environmental preservation and resilience via the study of surface and groundwater flows, controls on soil moisture, and transport of containment.
Monitoring and Evaluation of Irrigation and Drainage Systems | Precision Irrigation | Pipeline Systems | Radar Infrastructure for Flood Mitigation | Dam Safety | Erosion and Sedimentation | Bank Revetment and Stabilization | Hydraulic Structures | Urban Water Systems
Our faculty conduct research on the safety, security, and optimization of water delivery systems for agricultural, industrial, and domestic uses.
Water Resource Systems Modeling, Optimization, and Control | Chemical Fate and Transport in Watershed Systems | International Water Development | Urban Water Management | Water Quality | Desalination Technologies | Environmental Remediation | Wastewater and Graywater Reuse
Providing access to clean water is one of the National Academy’s Grand Challenges for Engineering. Our faculty are leaders in developing technologies for water treatment, recycling, and reuse, and for optimizing water systems management.
Partnering with other CSU researchers, our faculty are making contributions to the improvement of human, animal, and environmental health. Our research includes development of new diagnostic tools and biomedical devices, tissue engineering, innovative pharmaceutical production processes, and human health impacts of degraded air and water quality.
Tissue Engineering | Allografts | Bone Regeneration Scaffolds | Artificial Blood | Superhydrophobic and Superhydrophilic Materials | Biocompatible Polymers
Next-generation materials are being developed to solve one of the most complex problems in biomedical engineering: biocompatibility.
Orthopaedic Implants | Cornea Replacement | Cartilage Replacement | Heart Valve Technologies | Computational Modeling of Orthopaedic Conditions | Surgical Robots
In partnership with the CSU Veterinary School and our partners at medical schools, we have invented and patented new technologies that will improve medical care and outcomes.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Biomedical Imaging and Microscopy | Biosensors | Lab on a Chip | Organ on a Chip | Point of Care Diagnostics | Personal Exposure Monitoring Devices | Water and Air Quality Sensors
Our expertise in development of sensors employing microfluidics and nanotechnology has led to breakthrough devices in several key application areas.
Exposure Monitoring and Assessment | Disease Outbreak Monitoring | Water Infrastructure Assessment | Health Impacts of Climate Variability and Climate Change | Cyberbiosecurity | Citizen Science
CSU research is put into action through our efforts in applying technology to increase public awareness of health threats and to engage citizens in active participation in personal and community monitoring and protection.
Proteomics | Metabolic Engineering | Protein Engineering | Quantitative Biology | Microbiome Analysis and Engineering
CSU researchers are working to apply quantitative engineering principles to describe and manipulate complex biological systems, from single cells to entire organisms.
Access to clean, reliable, and abundant energy is central to every major challenge the world faces today. Developing innovative solutions to global energy problems, our faculty conduct research in clean technology, renewable energy sources, next-generation photovoltaics, CO2 capture, and advanced power grid technologies.
Industrial Engine Technologies | Dual-Fuel Engines | Engine Exhaust Characterization and Aftertreatment Systems | Alternative Fuels | Modeling of Reactive Turbulent Flows | Laser Ignition; Cookstove Design and Testing
The mission of CSU’s acclaimed Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory is “to create innovative energy solutions and entrepreneurial models that benefit the human condition and achieve global impact.”
Smart Grids | Electric Grid Systems and Security | Natural Gas Supply Chain Testing and Monitoring | Flooding Prediction and Mitigation | Resilient Structural Design | Single and Multiple Hazards and Extreme Event Testing and Modeling | Community Resilience Modeling
Much of the nation’s infrastructure, from roads and buildings to the energy grid, must be renewed and sustained. We are working on infrastructure design and new technologies for planning community resilience.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Air Quality, Climate, and Health Interactions | Air, Water, and Soil Contamination and Remediation | Emissions From Oil and Gas Production | Climate and Ecosystem Responses
We work with industry and government to understand emissions during the lifecycle of energy production and use, and their impacts on humans, animals, and the environment.
Extreme Ultraviolet Laser Technology Development and Applications | Soft X-Ray Photonics | Nonlinear and Ultrafast Optics and Lasers | Molecular Optoelectronics | Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy | Nano-Microscopy and Nano-Spectrometry | Optical Interference Coatings | Laser Ignition Technologies | Laser Diagnostics
Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research on advanced technologies that enable breakthrough applications from materials science to medical diagnostics.
Algae-Based Biofuels | Biodiesel and Alternative Fuels | Photovoltaic Films and Solar Panel Technologies | Wind Energy | Energy Storage and Conversion Systems | Waste Heat Recovery | Electric Grid Design | Carbon Dioxide Capture
Our researchers are innovators in several renewable and sustainable energy technologies, including development of algae-based biofuels and transformational photovoltaic technologies.
Our programs in atmospheric science and environmental engineering and science are ranked among the top in the world. Focus areas include hurricanes and severe weather, environmental monitoring using radar and satellite technologies, emissions and transport of pollutants, global carbon and nitrogen cycles, and water sustainability.
Large-Scale Climate Variability | Stratosphere / Troposphere Coupling | Ocean Atmosphere and Land/Atmosphere Interactions | Cloud-Climate Studies | Dynamics of Geophysical Vortices and Annular Modes | Tropical Meteorology; Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Studies | Climate Response to Anthropogenic Forcing | Geoengineering; Development and Application of Climate Models
Observations and modeling of key climate variables are used to understand the drivers of variability and change, on a range of spatial and temporal scales.
Satellite-, Ground-, and Ship-Based Radars | Satellite-Based Measurements | Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality Measurements | Emissions Monitoring and Modeling | Soil and Groundwater Contamination | Bioremediation | Waste Management and Recycling | Sensors and Sensor Networks | Wireless Networks and Cellular Systems | Computer and Communication Networks | Resource Allocation and Management | Robotics
A wide range of technologies is being developed and applied to monitoring of the environment, including state-of-the-science radars, sensors and sensor networks, and in situ sampling for contaminants in air, water, and soil.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Peter Jan van Leeuwen
Department of Atmospheric Science
Tropical Cyclogenesis | Hurricane Dynamics | Monsoons | Mesoscale Convective Systems | Storm Organization | Tornadogenesis | Precipitation Extremes | Hail Formation | Flash Floods | Societal Impacts of Weather
Our world-class research has led to new insights into tropical cyclone genesis and evolution, initiation of convection and storm intensification, and severe weather observations and forecasting.
Department of Atmospheric Science
Atmospheric Chemistry | Global and Regional Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles | Nitrogen Deposition to Ecosystems | Emissions From Energy Development Activities | Biomass Burning | Transportation Emissions | Emissions From Domestic Heating and Cooking | Soil and Groundwater Contaminant Transport and Mitigation
Emissions from both anthropogenic and natural sources can have local to global impacts on air and water quality, ecosystem health, and climate. We study the lifecycles of these emissions using observational and modeling approaches.
Structural Dynamics and Engineering | Reliability Analysis | Multihazard Resiliency | Geotechnical Engineering | Soil Mechanics | Transportation Systems | Autonomous Vehicles | Smart Buildings | Energy Infrastructure | Robotics | Cybersecurity
Our researchers focus on many aspects of “smart and connected” communities, including structural and geotechnical engineering, transportation systems, smart buildings, energy infrastructure, and cybersecurity.
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 Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (CSITS)
The Center for Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (CSTIS) conducts multi-disciplinary research, education, and outreach for promoting the sustainability of critical transportation infrastructure systems, subjected to normal and hazardous conditions.
Colorado Climate Center
The Climate Center is a recognized State Climate Office by the American Association of State Climatologists (ARSCO designated). As a recognized State Climate Office, the Center collects and observes data with the purpose of monitoring the climate, placing individual events into historical perspective, disseminating climate information to the user community, and providing climate expertise as part of the decision-making process.
Researchers develop tools and methods to better communicate the climatology and climate variability of Colorado to scientists, educators, stakeholders, media, and the general public. In an effort to better understand Colorado’s climate, and how it is changing, the staff also regularly conduct (and collaborate on) research projects.
Composite Materials, Manufacture and Structures Laboratory (CMMS)
The Composite Materials, Manufacture and Structures Laboratory (CMMS) houses equipment to model composites manufacturing processes and perform mechanical testing and microstructural analysis.
The focus of the lab’s research efforts can be broken into broad categories including process development, shape and warpage control, and materials response simulation.
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)
CIRA’s mission is to serve as a nexus for multi-disciplinary cooperation among Cooperative Institute and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research scientists, University faculty, staff and students in the context of NOAA-specified research theme areas in satellite applications for weather/climate forecasting.
Important bridging elements include the communication of research findings to the international scientific community, transition of applications and capabilities to NOAA operational users, education and training programs for operational user proficiency, outreach programs to K-12 education and the general public for environmental literacy, and understanding and quantifying the societal impacts of NOAA research.
CSU-CHILL National Weather Radar Facility
The CSU-CHILL National Weather Radar Facility is an advanced, transportable dual-polarized S-band weather radar system. Staff also maintain and operate a second S-band weather radar, the CSU-Pawnee. Access to the CSU-CHILL Facility and its archived data is available to the general research and education communities.
Earth System Modeling and Education Institute
The Earth System Modeling and Education Institute (ESMEI) engages in Earth system modeling with an atmospheric focus, and welcomes interdisciplinary collaborations to explore research problems and optimize education outcomes.
ESMEI is the institutional legacy of CMMAP, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center that was active from 2006-2016.
ESMEI is housed at the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and receives base funding from the department, the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering and CSU’s Vice President for Research.
Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology
The Center aims to make extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light available routinely in a broad variety of laboratory settings, for applications like high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, elemental- and bio-microscopy, and nano-fabrication.
Breakthroughs in both EUV Lasers and in High Harmonic Generation sources facilitated by the Center have greatly expanded laser spectral coverage down to 1 nm, increased average power by several orders of magnitude, and in some cases reduced the source size down to desk-top scale.
In partnership with industry collaborators, the compact coherent sources developed at the Center are now commercially available and are making an impact in institutions world-wide.
Engines and Energy Conversion Lab
The Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory was founded in an abandoned power plant in 1992 and has since grown to become a globally recognized energy research and educational facility. We have developed technologies to reduce emissions from large industrial engines, worked to define future electric grids, and brought clean energy solutions to the developing world.
We have employed hundreds of undergrad and graduate students from all across the university, have helped to develop a new generation of energy leaders, and are globally recognized as leaders in the use of entrepreneurship to maximize the impact of our research.
Hydraulics Research Laboratory
The Hydraulics Laboratory is part of a unique research facility designed for hydraulic model studies, hydraulic performance testing and research in the fields of open channel and closed conduit hydraulics.
Facilities and equipment on site can test valves, flow meters, and pumps for flow capacity, pressure loss, energy output and efficiency.
International School for Water Resources (ISWR)
The International School for Water Resources 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.
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 created the Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC) to address these needs and achieve the goal of energy production that is economically and environmentally sustainable.
The SBDC enhances the capability of America’s bioenergy industry to produce transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks on a large scale, through processes that are efficient as well as economically and environmentally sustainable.
The SBDC supports Colorado State University bioenergy researchers through research initiation grants, initial financial support of new bioenergy faculty positions, student and postdoctoral fellowships, equipment purchases, and travel grants; the SBDC also enhances CSU’s abilities in collaborative efforts with other entities committed to the development of alternative energy sources.
Kenneth F. Reardon
Urban Water Center
The Urban Water Center at Colorado State University was created to foster education and research, and provide municipalities with information to assist them with better management of their urban water systems.
The mission of this organization is to promote adoption of sustainable and innovative urban water management approaches through teaching, research and extension.
Specific topics include:
- Water Reuse (Graywater, Stormwater and Wastewater)
- Water Efficiency
- Addressing Aging Water Infrastructure
- Stormwater Management
- Energy Efficiency in Water Management