Dr. Kenneth H Carlson

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kenneth H CarlsonDr. Kenneth Carlson is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with over 25 years of experience addressing water and wastewater related issues. He is director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) and in this role directs research related to optimizing the synergies between water and energy. Current projects include reducing the cost of produced water recycle treatment technologies, real-time ground water monitoring in oil and gas fields, and GIS-based Decision Support Tool development for managing water and wastewater in spatially diverse oil and gas operations. In addition, the CEWS is conducting research on using treated produced water for agricultural irrigation, a project that is using produced water with different levels of treatment to grow biofuel crops and analyzing impacts to soil, crop productivity and plant tissue chemical uptake. Additional CEWS research includes developing climate change adaptation strategies for military installations around the world. He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado — Boulder.

Research Interests

  • Energy water issues
  • Real-time monitoring analysis to support Smart Cities
  • Climate change adaptation strategies for military installations
  • Net positive-energy wastewater treatment facilities
  • Food-energy-water nexus opportunities for urban agriculture

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International Connections

  • Country: China
    Contact: East China Normal University, Joint institue for studying energy and environment
  • Country: China
    Contact: International Water Association World Congress-Beijing, Moderator/Coordinator

Contact Information

Office Location: Scott Bioengineering Bldg 244
Phone: (970)491-8336
Fax: (970) 491-7727

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  • B.S. 1983, University of Wisconsin – Chemical Engineering
  • M.S. 1993, CSU – Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1996, University of Colorado – Civil(Environmental)Engineering