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Ph.D. Candidate, Fatima Aliyari, Receives Recognition from Elsevier Publications

Fatima Aliyari

On March 8, 2022, Fatima received certificates for  the “Most Cited Paper Award 2021 for Research Papers” and also “Most Downloaded Paper Award 2021 for Research Papers” for her paper “Coupled SWAT-MODFLOW model for large-scale mixed agro-urban river basins.”

Most Dowloaded Paper Certificate

Congratulations Fatima!







Ph.D. Candidate, Sajjad Karimi, Awarded SWANA Scholarship


Sajja Karimi was award a scholarship in the amount of $1,200 from the Colorado Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (CO-SAWANA) for his participation at the University of Wisconsin Solid Waste Landfill Design Short Course.

The Colorado Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (CO-SWANA) strives to enhance academic and professional development within solid waste management disciplines. Scholarships are awarded to those who meet the minimum qualifications and successfully demonstrate a commitment to helping raise standards of excellence for the waste management field.

Each year, CO-SWANA is prepared to award ten to fifteen (10-15) grants of $25 – $500 for a variety of types of educational expenses as well as $1,000 scholarships (at least one) for continuing education or academic expenses.

Criteria for these awards include:

  • The content and timeliness of the training session or educational program.
  • The expectation of the training’s benefits as it relates to academic or professional growth for the individual and/or the applicant’s employer.
  • Willingness to provide a report, newsletter article, or presentation at the annual CO-SWANA conference, if appropriate.

Congratulations, Sajjad, for receiving such a highly competitive award!

Ph.D. Candidate, Emad Hassan Applies Research to COVID-19

Emad Hassan

The desire to help people led Emad Hassan to Colorado State University’s NIST Center for Community Resilience Planning.  Hassan’s research focuses on how natural disasters impair two critical social institutions – health care and education – and how this affects the resilience of the whole community.  Hassan has developed innovative methods for measuring the recovery of hospitals and schools that will be used by community planners and decision-makers to understand the resilience of their communities. He also is testing different mitigation strategies to help hospitals and schools recover from the aftermath of natural disasters. Now the health care system model Hassan developed for his Ph.D. research has a new application. Hassan and his adviser, Civil Engineering Associate Professor Hussam Mahmoud, are exploring the use of the model to investigate the impact of the pandemic on U.S. health care systems. Coupling the model with COVID-19 data, they can learn how patients are distributed in different health care facilities, the capacity of each facility to treat patients, the impact of triage criteria, patient treatment time, patient waiting time, and patient outcome based on the availability of disinfection supplies. They feel the model can be used to study the effect of community-level decisions.  Read more

For more information on the Mahmoud and Hassan research Read here

Abdelrahman “Abdo” Abdallah Takes 2nd Place with Poster at CSU Grad Showcase”

2nd Place Poster
CSU’s grad showcase is a showcase of research, entrepreneurship and creativity – a one-day conference for students to present their work and talents, to connect with other graduate students and faculty at CSU, learn about other disciplines and gain conference experience. In addition students’ work is entered into a contest for multiple scholarships ranging in value and totaling more than $15,000! The showcase is sponsored by the CSU Graduate School and the Vice President for Research Office. Abdelrahman is currently a Ph.D. candidate advised by Dr. Rebecca Atadero (CEE) and Dr. Mehmet Ozbek (CME) in the collaborative Ph.D. degree in Construction Engineering. His presentation entitled ” An integrated Uncertainty-Based Bridge Inspection Decision Framework” took 2nd Place for the Great Minds in Research Award.  Congratulations Abdo!


Kimberly Vander Vis Receives SRK 2019-20 Scholarship

Kimberly Vander Vis

SRK U.S. established a scholarship program in 2012 to encourage and support graduate students whose research focus would be in fields related to the mining industry.  Some scholarships also provide recipients an opportunity to work with SRK professionals during their breaks in the academic year.  Kimberly Vander Vis, in the geotechnical engineering program in the CEE Department received $6,000 to pursue her research.




Shantanu Kumar Wins First Place in Research Poster Competition

Shantanu Kumar participated in the American Society of Civil Engineers Symposium for sustainable Infrastructure and won first place for his presentation of research with his advisor, Dr. Mohammed S. Hashem M. Mehany entitled “An Integrated Approach Towards Measuring and Developing City’s Socio-Economic Resilience – A Citizen Engagement Approach”. Read More

Brandon J. Perry Awarded the 28th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Award by USDOT

Pictured left to right: Jeff Rosen (Deputy Secretary to the U.S. Department of Transportation), Brandon Perry, and Denver Tolliver (Director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University

Brandon J. Perry, a graduate student in the Civil Engineering program with Dr. Yanlin Guo, has been awarded the 28th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Award for his work on improving bridge inspections with the assistance of unmanned aerial vehicles and machine learning techniques.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) honors the most outstanding students from each University Transportation Center (UTC) around the country for their achievements and promise for future contributions in the transportation field. Brandon J. Perry was nominated by the Mountain-Plains Consortium (a UTC composed of eight universities across North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado). The award was presented at the annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2019.

Olivia Bojan Receives 2nd in Geosyntec Groundwater Student Paper Competition

Olivia Bojan received 2nd Place for her paper submitted to the highly competitive 2019 Geosyntec Groundwater Student Paper Competition.  She received a cash prize of $500.00 for her paper “New Insights into the Formation of Polar Transformation Products at an Oil-Contaminated Site by Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry.”



Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduates Receive Awards for Posters

Graduate students from the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering presented 54 outstanding research posters at the 2018 Graduate Student Showcase on November 13, 2018.  The following students received WSCOE Excellence in Research Awards:

K.C. Young, Civil and Environmental Engineering: “Advancing the Design of a Multi-Stage Anaerobic Digester”

Marissa Karpack, Civil and Environmental Engineering: “Quantitative Assessment of Floodplain Functionality Using an Index of Integrity”


Deniz Besiktepe-Karaman Receives International Facility Management Foundation Scholarship

Deniz Besiktepe-Karaman, a Ph.D. student in the CEE and Construction Management Collaboration Construction Engineering degree program received the IFMA Pat Harris Memorial Scholarship, Denver Chapter in the amount of $5,000 for her research.  Additionally, she was invited to make the all-expenses paid trip to attend the IFMA Conference to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 3-5, 2018 to accept her award and to also participate in a competition.



Edson Costa Filho Receives 2019 Four States Irrigation Council Scholarship

Edson Costa Filho

Edson has worked in the water resources field since 2012, mainly in scientific research during his undergraduate degree at University of Pernambuco Brazil, and now as a graduate student at Colorado State University.

His research project at CSU is directly related to water resources and agricultural water engineering. Edson’s research topic is “Estimation of evapotranspiration using remote sensing and an aerodynamic temperature method.” His project aims to improving the spatial evapotranspiration estimates to optimize agricultural water management through an appropriate decision making method. He is part of the Irrigation and Drainage Engineering research group at CSU that is working at the Limited Irrigation Research Field in Greeley, CO and is managed by the USDA-ARS.

Joseph Miller Receives 2017-18 Central Plains Irrigation Association Scholarship

Congratulations are in order for new Master’s student, Joseph Miller, who was the winner from Colorado State University to receive a Central Plains Irrigation Association (CPIA) scholarship. CPIA is an organization for people interested in irrigation and irrigation companies. One of their goals is to promote water and soil conservation through the economic use of irrigation practices. The scholarship was granted to assist Joe in his graduate studies in remote sensing applications in irrigated agriculture.

Emily Valenzuela receives ASCE’s Tuttle Award

Emily Valenzuela has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Society Awards Committee as a recipient of the 2017 Arthur S. Tuttle Memorial Fellowship.

Congratulations Emily!

Robert Queen Awarded Hydro Research Award

Robert QueenRobert Queen, was awarded a prestigious Research Award from the Hydro Research Foundation which is leads the Hydro Research Awards Program that is designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers in conventional or pumped storage hydropower. The awards are made possible by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

These awards are designed to allow outstanding early-career researchers to facilitate research related to hydropower. Research undertaken by the Foundation and the researchers seeks to advance knowledge about hydroelectric technology, including efficiency improvements and environmental mitigation. Through this program the Foundation is promoting educational opportunities and information development related to hydropower. Innovation, creativity and forward-thinking research are encouraged.

Each award includes the following:

  • A living stipend of up to $18,000.
  • A tuition, fees and university-provided health insurance allowance of up to $10,000.
  • Travel costs to attend the Annual Hydro Fellows Roundtable each year the student is in the program.
  • The student’s academic advisor for the research, Dr. Peter Nelson, will be awarded $2,000 annually into a University discretionary account, for aiding in, and supervising the research. The advisor may also have the opportunity to attend HydroVision International held annually July.

Congratulations, Robert!

Molly McLaughlin awarded 2016 Graduate Student Award

Molly McLaughlinPh.D. student Molly McLaughlin has been awarded the 2016 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

This award recognizes graduate students who are working in areas related to environmental chemistry. The award is based on student transcripts and record of research productivity, and a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor.

Ali Tasdighi wins College of Engineering All-Stars award at Graduate Student Showcase

Ali TasdighiAli Tasdighi took home the College of Engineering All-Stars award at Graduate Student Showcase on November 11. This annual event is a showcase of research and creativity – a one-day conference for students to present their work, connect with industry representatives and other graduate students and faculty at CSU, and learn about other disciplines and gain conference experience. The Graduate Showcase celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration.

Ali Tasdighi is a civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. student with a passion for improving water quality worldwide through his research. His project aims to determine the viability of water quality trading in different contexts, suggesting a framework for quantifying trading ratios for point-nonpoint source trades under uncertainty using Bayesian inference. During this research, Tasdighi is working with his advisor Dr. Mazdak Arabi on developing a stochastic approach for modeling the pollutants from nonpoint sources and evaluating the effectiveness of different conservation practices in reducing them. The results will be used to create an index of water quality trading viability for point and nonpoint sources throughout the country.

Two Graduate Students Receive Irrigation Award

Aman Vashisht
Garrett Banks
Aman Vashisht and Garrett Banks were awarded the Irrigation Foundation E3 Learner award to attend the 2015 Irrigation Show & Education Conference November 9-13, 2015 in Long Beach, California all expenses paid. The conference, “Waves of Innovation”, is designed to introduce new technologies, best practices and innovative ideas in irrigation. Garrett is in his first semester as a master’s student and plans to graduate in 2018 and Aman is looking forward to completing her masters this coming spring.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University is a dynamic and internationally recognized department which offers Master’s degrees (masters of engineering and masters of science) as well as doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Civil Engineering with concentrations in the following areas:

Special Interest Programs

Research Opportunities

The Department has a very active research program with research expenditures of approximately 10 million dollars in 2011-12. This creates great opportunities for highly qualified students to work in cutting edge research. An impressive number of research centers, laboratories, and institutes make their home at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering including the Center for Contaminant Hydrology, the Colorado Water Institute, the Integrated Decision Support Group, the I-WATER program, the Hydraulics Lab, and the Wind Engineering and Fluids Laboratory.
Research Fellowships Available

I-WATERI-WATER Fellows receive three years of funding, two of which are supported by NSF IGERT funds at $30,000 per year plus tuition and fees, and a travel allowance to attend conferences.

The I-WATER program emphasizes interdisciplinary research by teams of physical scientists, social scientists, and management experts. Our research themes involve integration of hydrologic, atmospheric, ecosystem, and social sciences within the scope of freshwater resources. I-WATER features problem-focused research to bridge basic and applied science by combining fundamental research on scientific problems with application of scientific knowledge to actual resource issues.

For more information see our website.