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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  • 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