Dr. Ramchand Oad

Emeritus Professor

 

Dr. Ramchand OadDr. Oad’s professional career has focused on promoting economic welfare through sustainable development and management of water resources for agriculture. In addition to teaching and research at CSU, Dr. Oad has worked with the office of the State Engineer, Cities of Colorado Springs and Denver, and North Colorado and Central Colorado Conservancy Districts on several issues related to water management. His most recent on-going work was with the Interstate Stream Commission in New Mexico, where he was supervising research on options to improve irrigation water use efficiency in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Oad had extensive work experience in many developing countries, where he has worked as consultant for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the USAID. He has long-term resident work experience in the Middle East and several Asian countries including Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia. He worked as a consultant for the Nile River Basin Initiative program of the World Bank, to develop projects for promoting more efficient use of water and ecosystem conservation (1999-2000). Most recently (2002-03), Dr. Oad worked as the team leader to assess Water Allocation and Information Management in the Nile River water resource system of Egypt.

Research Interests

  • Improve productivity of irrigated agriculture through efficient water managegment.
  • Efficient and modern water control and measurement in gravity flow irrigation systems.
  • Efficient and equitable water delivery and distribution among water users in irrigation systems.

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Education

  • B.E. 1970, N.E.D. Engineering College – Civil Engineering
  • M.S. 1973, Asian Institute of Technology – Water Science and Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1982, Cornell University – Agricultural Engineering

Dr. John D. Nelson

Emeritus Professor

 

Dr. John D. Nelson

Dr. Nelson is Professor Emeritus of Colorado State University having served on the faculty for 39 years. He was a founding partner of Shepherd Miller, Inc., prior to forming Engineering Analytics after retiring from CSU.

Dr. Nelson has a broad range of experience dealing with expansive and collapsible soils and mill tailings dams, He also has experience regarding landslides and slope stability, compacted fills, soft soils, seepage and water movement in soils, and design of embankment dams.

He is the senior author of two books, including Foundation Engineering for Expansive Soil and Expansive Soils: Problems and Practices in Foundation and Pavement Engineering. He has served as expert witness on numerous cases dealing with construction defects related to expansive soil, collapsible soil and slope stability.

He has also testified in cases relating to dams and mill tailings management. He was the Chief Technical Reviewer for the USNRC for the Church Rock tailings dam failure. He is the engineer of record for the design of raises of tailings dams in Arkansas and New Mexico. He testified in Federal Court on litigation involving failure of a tailings dam in Idaho. He was also the designated expert for litigation involving seepage from large tailings impoundments in Arizona. Most recently he served as the designated expert regarding the Mount Polley Tailings Dam Failure in British Columbia.

He is the author of more than 100 technical papers and reports.

Research Interests

  • Expansive and collapsible soils
  • Tailings managment
  • Soils and foundations in arid climates

Education

  • B.S. 1960, Illinois Institute of Technology – Civil Engineering
  • M.S. 1962, Illinois Institute of Technology – Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1967, Illinois Institute of Technology – Civil Engineering

Dr. Robert Meroney

Emeritus Professor

 

Dr. Robert Meroney

Dr. Robert Meroney’s teaching and research focused on the disciplines of fluid mechanics and wind engineering.  He completed over 40 years at Colorado State including time spent as Chairman of the Engineering Science Program, Program Leader in Fluid Mechanics and Wind Engineering, Director of the Hydraulics and Wind Engineering Division, and Director of the Wind Engineering and Fluids Laboratory (formerly the Fluid Dynamics and Diffusion Laboratory).  Currently he is an Emeritus Professor beginning Spring 2004.  He continues to teach workshops and study institutes on fluid mechanics, computational fluid mechanics and wind engineering .  Most recently his research emphasized Computational Wind Engineering considering air pollution and building aerodynamics as well as the spread of smoke and heat from fires in atria, urban areas and forests.

Research Interests

  • Dense Gas Dispersion Research
  • Stable Flow Research
  • Wind Energy Research
  • Complex Terrain Research
  • Canopy Flow Research
  • CFD Research

Education

B.S., University of Tennessee
M.S. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

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Dr. Jim Loftis

Emeritus Professor

 

Dr. Jim Loftis

Jim Loftis’ research areas were environmental statistics, design of environmetnal monitoring programs, and nonpoint source pollution. His research sponsors have included the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Agriculture, teh US Geological Survey, the US National Science Foundation, and IBM Corporation.  Other activities have included the design of a water quality monitoring network for the Big Thompson Watershed Forum, statistical evaluation of reservoir monitoring data for several cities along the Colorado Front Range, and development of modeling and monitoring approaches for managing selenium contamination in the Gunnison River Basin.

Dr. Loftis taught 20 different courses at Colorado State University, focusing on water and the environment in courses such as Environmentla Statistics and Nonpoint Pollution. To serve the professional community, he taught short courses in Water Quality Monitoring Network Design and Environmental Statistics in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia.

Dr. Loftis has long been an active player in Colorado Water issues through applied research, outreach, and participation in water organizations such as the American Water Resources Association, Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association, and Big Thompson Watershed Forum. He has recently organized the Front Range Drinking Water Consortium to facilitate information exchange among university researchers and Colorado Front Range water providers.

Research Interests

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Water quality statistics
  • Agricultural non-point pollution

Education

  • B.S. 1974, Oklahoma State University – Agricultural Engineering
  • M.S. 1976, Colorado State University – Agricultural Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1978, Colorado State University – Agricultural Engineering

Dr. Darrell Fontane

Emeritus Professor

 

Dr. Darrell G. Fontane was a Professor, Associate Department Head and Director of the International School for Water Resources in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University. His areas of teaching and research were water resources decision support systems, computer aided water management, integrated reservoir water quantity and quality management, and Internet-based education and training.

As Director of the International School for Water Resources, he was responsible for organizing and administering special, non-degree training for international engineers in various aspects of water resources engineering. Dr. Fontane has personally conducted water resources training in more than twelve countries. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator for research projects funded by various organizations the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy–Western Area Power Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Korea Center for Water Resources and Quality Management. Dr. Fontane has served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for Water Resources and Quality Management, Korea, 1991, a Visiting Research Engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station, 1992, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2001-02. He has served as a technical consultant to the Korea Water Resources Corporation, the World Bank, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2003-Course Co-coordinator and presenter in the World Bank Web-based Short Course on Water Resources Management. Prior to coming to Colorado State University, he served as Supervisory Research Hydraulic Engineer, Acting Chief of the Reservoir Water Quality Branch of the Hydraulics Laboratory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1972-78.

Research Interests

  • Water resources systems simulation
  • Optimization modeling
  • Expert systems

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Education

  • B.S. 1968, Louisiana State University – Civil Engineering
  • M.S. 1970, Georgie Institute of Technology – Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1982, Colorado State University – Civil Engineering/Hydraulics

Dr. Deanna Durnford

Emeritus Professor

 

Dr. Deanna DurnfordDeanna Durnford was a Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Colorado State University, where she had been on the faculty since 1985. Her primary research interests include the flow of immiscible organics in porous media, flow and transport processes in the vadose zone and the hydraulic connection between groundwater and surface water. Her work includes study of the hyporheic zone below streambeds and the influence of hydrologic processes on these ecosystems.

Dr. Durnford’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the USDA, DOE and the U.S. Air Force, among others. She has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee for the Technical Assessment of Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratories. She is a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and teaches graduate level courses in groundwater hydrology and hydraulics, vadose zone hydrology and groundwater contaminant transport processes. She has served as graduate committee chair for 15 PhD students and over 20 M.S. students. Dr. Durnford is also the Site Coordinator for the Louis Stokes Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation.

Research Interests

  • Groundwater contamination
  • Conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water
  • Vadose (unsaturated) Zone Hydrology

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Education

  • B.S. 1971, University of Wisconsin – Mathematics
  • M.S. 1976, Colorado State University – Civil Engineering/Structures
  • Ph.D. 1982, Colorado State University – Civil Engineering/Hydraulics

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Dr. Marvin Criswell

Emeritus Professor

 

Dr. Marvin CriswellDr. Marvin E. Criswell is currently Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and Past Associate Department Head in Department of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. He served as Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Assessment, College of Engineering, from July 2005 to June 2008. Criswell joined CSU as an Assistant Professor in January 1970, becoming Associate Professor in July 1975 and Professor in July 1984. He has served as the Assistant or Associate Department Head since July 1989. He also has served as the CSU component of the NASA Colorado Space Grant Consortium Program as Director (1999-2001), Co-Director (1997-1999).  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Prior to joining Colorado State University in 1970, he conducted structural research at Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Ms, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Before that he was a University Fellowship recipient and research assistant at the University of Illinois; a structural designer with Clark and Enerson, Olson, Burroughs and Thomsen, Linoln, NE; and as a drafter with the Nebraska Highway Department, Bridge Division. He was a visiting scholar at the Univ. of California, Berkley, 1977-78. He was one of four founding principals of Engineering Data Management, Inc., a Fort Collins, CO consulting firm specializing in wood and utility line structures (now EDM International) and was associated with EDM from 1982-1985.

Dr. Criswell’s teaching and research were in structural behavior and design, structural analysis, structural mechanics, and construction materials, with emphasis on timber systems, reinforced concrete slab systems, fiber reinforced concrete materials and their structural applications, structural safety and design code development, wood utility structures, and manufactured homes. From 1988 through 2002, he has directed several projects on inflatable habitat structures for lunar or martian base and with planning for the infrastructure, support systems and operation of such a base. In 2001 he organized and hosted a NASA -sponsored workshop on planetary protection issues associated with a human mission to mars. He has authored or co-authored over 50 journal and proceedings publications, has over 80 presentations at professional meetings and has directed and/or taught in several short courses. He is active in several national-level technical committees of American Concrete Institute and American Society of Civil Engineers and his past service to American Society of Civil Engineers has included being chair of the Civil Engineering Division, Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section and the Society’s national Board of Directors. He has been a program evaluation of civil engineering programs for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) since 1983.

Research Interests

  • Structural behavior and design
  • Solid mechanics
  • Construction materials
  • Building design codes

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Education

  • B.S. 1965, University of Nebraska – Civil Engineering
  • M.S. 1966, University of Nebraska – Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1970, University of Illinois – Civil Engineering

Dr. Wayne Charlie

Emeritus Professor

Prior to joining Colorado State University in 1976, Dr. Charlie was an Instructor of Civil Engineering at Michigan State University and an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Maine at Orono. Since joining Colorado State University in 1976, he was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Khartoum and a Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering at Cornell University and at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). He has been Project Director for research on Explosive and Earthquake Induced Soil Liquefaction, Mine Tailings, Expansive Soils, Frozen Soils, and Organic Soils. He introduced sophisticated computer data acquisistion devices for recording laboratory and field transient behavior of soils and under impact of explosives.

Professor Charlie has also worked for various government agencies and private geotechnical engineering firms including the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Peace Corps, the Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Air Force, and D’Appolonia Consulting Engineering. He has served as a geotechnical consultant to over 20 organizations located in Alaska, California, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Maine, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., South Pacific, Europe, Africa, Canada, Asia and the Caribean. Topics included earthquake and blast induced soil liquefaction, industrial wastes, tailings, expansive soils, organic soils, frozen soils, and blast damage.

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil dynamics
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Explosives engineering
  • Foundations

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Education

  • B.A. 1971, Michigan State University – Social Science
  • B.S. 1971, Michigan State University – Civil Engineering
  • M.S. 1972, Michigan State University – Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1975, Michigan State University – Civil Engineering

Nicole Ellison

Teaching Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Nicole EllisonDr. Nicole Ellison’s primary focus is teaching undergraduate students. She teaches and has taught courses in Civil Engineering Materials, Computer Aided Design, Mechanics of Materials and Engineering Practice. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Ellison taught part-time at both Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado, Denver. She joins CSU as a Teaching Assistant Professor from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she served as the Lead Facility Structural Engineer. Nicole is a licensed engineer in the State of Colorado and has been the author of numerous publications and presentations. Her experience includes over 20 years in structural and forensic engineering where she worked on a wide range of both commercial and residential structures including including the Downtown Denver Four Seasons, the Fort Collins Police Station and The Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa.

Research Interests

  • Structural Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering A205D
Phone: (970) 491-2667
Fax: (970) 491-7727
nicole.ellison@colostate.edu

Education

  • B.S.C.E 1995, Florida State University
  • M.S.C.E.2015, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Ph.D. 2017, University of Colorado, Denver

Dr. Robert Ettema

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