Dr. Jeffrey D Niemann

Professor, Faoro Professor, and Borland Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jeffrey D NiemannDr. Jeffrey Niemann is the Faoro Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He earned a B.S. with High Distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Niemann’s research interests are in hydrology and geomorphology. Research projects have included:  analyzing and downscaling soil moisture patterns, prediction of debris flow and landslide initiation, hydrologic analysis of dam safety, modeling the hydrologic response of urban watersheds, characterizing river network properties, estimating uncertainty in sediment transport models, modeling snowpack and frozen ground, developing methods for flood inundation mapping, evaluating evapotranspiration from shallow groundwater, modeling long-term river basin evolution, and assessing climate change impacts on regional hydrology. Dr. Niemann was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House in 2002, the Borland Chair of Hydrology in 2010, and Outstanding Faculty Performance in 2019.

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Niemann has taught CIVE 202 Numerical Modeling and Risk Analysis and CIVE 322 Basic Hydrology. At the graduate level, he has taught CIVE 520 Physical Hydrology, CIVE/WR 524 Modeling Watershed Hydrology, CIVE 525 Water Engineering for International Development, and CIVE 724 River Basin Morphology. In 2007, 2011, and 2016, Dr. Niemann was honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Niemann’s service activities have included involvement in the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc., (CUAHSI), membership on grant review panels for NSF and NASA, chairing the university’s International Development Studies Board, and coordinating the Water and International Development graduate concentration. He has also contributed to projects to improve the drinking water and wastewater systems for rural communities in Belize, El Salvador, Kenya, Gabon, Guatemala, Philippines, and elsewhere. In 2011, Dr. Niemann was honored with the George T. Abell Award for Outstanding International Contributions and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  In 2016, he was honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Service.

Research Interests

  • Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Soil Moisture
  • Scaling

Classes Taught

 

  • CIVE 202 – Numerical Modeling and Risk Analysis
    FA 2014, 3 credit hours
  • CIVE 322 – Basic Hydrology
    SP 2017, 3 credit hours
  • CIVE 520 – Physical Hydrology
    FA 2006, 3 credit hours
  • CIVE 524 – Modeling Watershed Hydrology
    SP 2016, 3 credit hours
  • CIVE 525 – Water Engineering for International Development
    FA 2016, 3 credit hours
  • CIVE 724 – River Basin Morphology
    SP 2010, 3 credit hours

Links to Other Information

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering A226
Phone: (970)491-3517
jeffrey.niemann@colostate.edu

Personal website

Education

  • Ph.D. 2001, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • M.S. 1997, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • B.S. 1993, University of Colorado – Civil Engineering