Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy

Professor, Borland Professor and CSU Monfort Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Karan Venayagamoorthy

Dr Karan Venayagamoorthy is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Karan’s primary research expertise is in the field of environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulics with an emphasis on applying numerical simulations to study fundamental fluid flow processes. Some of these are mixing and transport in rivers, estuaries, lakes, coastal and open ocean and air pollution. Examples of his recent research projects include modeling the effect of aquaculture wastes on coastal water quality, nonlinear internal waves in the coastal ocean, mixing and dispersion in stratified turbulent flows and improving efficiency of small drinking water systems. Karan’s work in environmental fluid mechanics and water engineering has been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Hydraulic Research and Physics of Fluids. After gaining his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, in 2006, Karan spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Stanford University.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulic Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Wind Engineering & Energy for Sustainability
  • Physical Oceanography & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Stratified Turbulence
  • Modeling of Turbulent Flows in Natural and Engineered Systems

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International Connections

  • Country: South Africa
    Contact: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Honorary Research Fellow</li

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering A207E
Phone: (970) 491-1915
Fax: (970) 491-7727

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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S. 2000, University of Natal – Civil Engineering (summa cum laude)
  • M.S. 2002, University of Natal – Civil Engineering (cum laude)
  • Ph.D. 2006, Stanford University – Civil and Environmental Engineering