Facilities & Resources

Hydrologic Science and Engineering



The HSE program has excellent resources that enhance graduate studies and research. Graduate students in this program have office space in the Hydrology and Water Resources Computing Laboratory in the Engineering building. In this laboratory, students have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities for numerical modeling and data analysis. They can also readily access Colorado State University’s extensive online collection of journal publications.  Additional computing resources are available from Engineering Network Services, which maintains several computer laboratories in the Engineering building as well as centralized networks and grids of workstations for parallel programming applications and computationally intensive procedures. The Hydrology and Water Resources Computing Laboratory is also in close proximity to the university library, faculty offices, the student center, and classrooms.

Additional office and laboratory facilities are available at the Engineering Research Center (ERC) on the Foothills Research Campus of Colorado State University. This site houses outstanding experimental facilities including numerous large flumes, which are also available to graduate students and researchers in the program. For example, the Rainfall Erosion Facility (REF) offers a controlled environment to study erosion processes at the watershed scale. An outdoor hydrologic observatory is also under development at a watershed near campus.

The HSE program also benefits from the Borland Endowment to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. This endowment supports faculty research, equipment grants to department faculty, as well as scholarships to current and prospective graduate students in hydrology and water resources.

The Hydrology Days Conference, which is co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, occurs annually on the CSU campus. This conference draws researchers from around the world to present their most exciting results in the field of hydrology and related fields in water resources. The conference also hosts the Hydrology Days Award lecture and the Borland Lecture in Hydrology, which honor leaders in hydrologic research and practice.

The HSE program benefits from Colorado State University’s broad expertise in water-related issues. More than 100 faculty members on campus conduct research related to water, which provides numerous opportunities for collaboration as well as a broad selection of courses for students. Furthermore, a number of Federal agencies such as the Agriculture Research Service, the National Park Service, the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, and the U.S. Geological Survey have offices and research facilities at or near Colorado State University campus, which also enhances collaboration by graduate students and faculty of the program.

A Tribute to Professor Vujica Yevjevich (1913 – 2006)

Professor V. Yevjevich has been one of the most influential men in the field of Hydrology and Water Resources and was considered the father of Stochastic Hydrology, a field that has become a major area of scientific and engineering activity in water resources for the past several decades. His commitment to graduate education at CSU will be always remembered and appreciated.

To learn more about Dr. Yevjevich’s life and legacy, click here.