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New Faculty this Fall 2017

Dr. Tiezheng Tong
Dr. Tiezheng Tong joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in August 2017. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University in 2015. Before joining CSU, he worked as a postdoc research associate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. He graduated from Beijing Normal University (with the highest honor) and Tsinghua University with B.S. and M.S. degrees, respectively, both of which are in environmental engineering.

Dr. Tong is the leading author or co-author of 23 peer-reviewed journal articles, many of which have been published on high-impact journals such as Environmental Science & Technology and Water Research. He is also the recipient of several academic and professional awards, including the Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award from American Chemistry Society, Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Student Scholarship Award from Illinois Section of American Society of Civil Engineers, a student award from Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO), and the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Student Abroad. Dr. Tong aims to utilize interdisciplinary research approaches to promote environmental sustainability at the water-energy-health nexus. His current research areas include developing novel membrane materials and processes for sustainable water supply, as well as understanding ecological and health impacts of engineered nanomaterials.

Summer Outreach Program funded by Dr. Peter Nelson CAREER Grant

Summer Outreach Program

Earlier this month, 10 high school students waded through Spring Creek sampling fish and insects as part of a summer outreach program in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.

The program is funded through a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant awarded to Peter Nelson. CAREER awards are given "in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization."

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CSU Water Center announces 7 Grant Recipients

"The CSU Water Center has selected four multi-disciplinary teams and three individual faculty members as recipients of competitive grants totaling $129,553 for 2017-18. The seven projects involve 25 faculty members and eight students from across campus. True to the mission of the Water Center, these projects involve water research, teaching, and engagement through interdisciplinary collaboration and creative scholarship among faculty and students."

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In Memory of Cody Oser

Cody Oser

CSU alum, Cody Oser, of Broomfield, Colorado passed away on April 8, 2017, while working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Cody graduated with a BS degree in Civil Engineering in the fall of 2015. Cody was known as a caring and giving individual, and had participated as a student member of CSU's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) during his undergraduate studies. As a student member of EWB, Cody worked closely with a broad range of students from across the university as well as with the faculty advisors of EWB, Dr. Christopher Bareither (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Andrea Purdy (Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures), in assisting the village of La Criba, El Salvador in enhancing their water supply and distribution system.

Dr. Bareither remembers Cody's participation in EWB well: "Cody was an invaluable member of EWB during his time at CSU; he was an excellent engineer and an outstanding person. Cody was willing to sacrifice everything to improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. He will be missed dearly by the EWB family at CSU and by family and friends throughout the world;" "Cody will be remembered for his caring and selfless contributions towards the betterment of humanity", Charles Shackelford; "Assistant Professor Andrea Purdy states "He wanted to build and work with communities in a manner that was sustainable and respectful of their cultures and way of life."

Andrea's reflections on Cody Oser.

Cody Oser Pictures


E-Days was a huge success for the entire College this year with a total of 93 senior design projects presented by teams ranging from 3 members to 10 members. For the department's projects see the slide show below.

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E-Days is also a time for the College and Departments to recognize outstanding graduating seniors.

Two students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have been nominated for the prestigious Colorado Engineering Council (CEC) Medal of Award in Silver (Silver Medal Award). The Silver Medal Award is presented annually to graduating senior engineering students in the several schools designated by the CEC. The recipient is selected from among three top students nominated by each school for consideration and interviewed by the Engineering Council Student Awards Committee. All students nominated receive a Certificate of Merit; and, in addition, the student judged to be the most outstanding is also presented the Silver Medal Award. Emilie Abbott (Environmental Engineering) and Cayla Cappelo (Civil Engineering) were selected as two of the three recipients being nominated to the CEC from the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering (WSCOE) at CSU. Congratulations Emilie and Cayla!

In addition, the department recognized Kole Van Treese with the Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award, Lana Millard with the Civil Engineering Achievement Award, Abel Fuhrmann with the Civil Engineering Student Leadership Award, Emilie Abbot with the Outstanding Environmental Engineering Student Award, Daniel Stringer with the Environmental Engineering Achievement Award, Aaron Kolb with Environmental Engineering Student Leadership Award and Taylor Hogan with the Ralph Parshall Award. Congratulations to all!!!!

Aaron KolbAaron Kolb
Abel FuhrmannAbel Fuhrmann
Daniel StringerDaniel Stringer
Emilie AbbotEmilie Abbot
Kole Van TreeseKole Van Treese
Lana MillardLana Millard
Taylor HoganTaylor Hogan

ASCE Student Organization Places High at Regionals

This year our student organization shined at the ASCE regional competitions in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Our steel bridge team placed second overall out of 14 teams earning themselves a spot at the national competition in Corvallis May 26-27, 2017. They won first place for economy and display, second for construction speed, and third for stiffness and efficiency.

The concrete canoe time placed third overall out of 11 teams. They won third for their design paper and final product, and second for oral presentation. Our team placed third in the co-ed sprint. Our team braced very chilly, rainy weather for the races.

We on third place with a technical paper by Jenna Howard and third place for the non-technical paper by Micah Gibbons.

CSU finished third overall for the entire conference. The department is extremely proud of our ASCE teams and look forward to continued success in the future. Our thanks go out to Dr. Hussam Mahmoud for his service as Faculty Advisor and Rebecca Atadero for serving as our faculty representative at regionals.

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Rob Ettema featured in Engineering Insight

Rob Ettema, Harold Short Endowed Professor, was featured in Engineering Insight, the professional magazine of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

Read the full story (see p. 15 and 24)

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud receives AISC's Early Career Faculty Award

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

The American Institute of Steel Construction selected Hussam Mahmoud for the Early Career Faculty Award which will be bestowed next March at the annual Steel Conference.

This highly competitive award provides recognition to individuals who demonstrate promise in the areas of structural steel research, teaching and/or other contributions to the structural steel industry. This award honors full time faculty in civil engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction or construction management at U.S. universities who are on the tenure track or have received tenure within the last three years.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and students invited to speak at 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and two of his PhD students have been invited this weekend to Portland Oregon for the 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics where they will all be giving talks at this prestigious event.

Read more about this event.

Project Team developing Cleanup Method for Stubborn Contaminants

Jens Blotevogel

Jens Blotevogel, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-director of the Center for Contaminant Hydrology, has received a three-year, $578,000 grant to test a promising new way to clean up PFCs, supported by the Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.

Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a broad class of manufactured chemicals, touch every corner of the industrialized world. They're impervious to traditional remediation strategies, and when they're ingested in large quantities, like in contaminated drinking water, they may be dangerous to human health.

The project team includes Tom Sale, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering who co-pioneered the electrolysis method, and UCLA researcher Shaily Mahendra.

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CSU Team Wins Award for Irrigation Scheduling Tool

The American Society of Agronomy has awarded a 2016 ASA Educational Materials Award to a team of CSU faculty and staff for their irrigation scheduling tool, WISE (Water Irrigation Scheduler for Efficient Application). WISE is a cloud-based application hosted on the eRAMS platform. The goal of this tool is to make irrigation scheduling both convenient and as cost-effective as possible, maximizing crop yield while minimizing excess irrigation.

Members of the WISE development team are:

  • Allan Andales, Associate Professor of Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Mazdak Arabi, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Troy Bauder, Water Quality Specialist
  • Erik Wardle, Assistant Water Quality Specialist
  • Kyle Traff, Software Engineer
  • Andy Bartlett, Associate Professor of Soils/Agronomy (Northeastern Junior College)

Congratulations to the team on their award! Explore the WISE tool.

Dr. Arabi Receives the COE George T. Abell Mid-Career Faculty Award

Dr. Mazdak Arabi

Dr. Mazdak Arabi, Borland Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 College of Engineering's George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award.

Mazdak was recognized for his exceptional ability and propensity to procure large, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional center-based research funding, such as the Water Sustainability and Climate Center sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (2012-2017; $1.5M), the Center for Comprehensive, Optimal, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients (CLEAN) sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (2013-17; $2.99M), and the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN): Transitioning Toward Sustainable Urban Water Systems, sponsored by the NSF (2015-20; $12M).

Mazdak also was recognized as the co-creator of the environmental Risk Assessment and Management System (eRAMS), which is a computer platform for development and use of online data and modeling systems for sustainable management of land, water, and energy resources. eRAMS is currently host to more than 200 data and modeling web services that are used by U.S. federal government agencies, state and local governments, and nearly 70,000 committed annual users throughout the world. Congratulations, Mazdak, on this outstanding recognition of your career achievements!


Dr. Aditi Bhaskar
Dr. Aditi Bhaskar specializes in changes to hydrologic systems from urban development, with a focus on interactions between groundwater, surface water, and engineered stormwater and water distribution systems. Dr. Bhaskar received a Sc.B. in Geology-Physics/Math from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She was a graduate trainee of the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) in "Water in the Urban Environment" at UMBC. Dr. Bhaskar was then awarded a National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship, which took her to the Eastern Geographic Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, before joining CSU.
Dr. Gaofeng Jia
Dr. Gaofeng Jia specializes in natural hazard risk assessment/mitigation, robust analysis/design of complex engineering systems and high performance structures, risk-informed decision making, modeling of aging and deterioration of infrastructure, as well as automated condition assessment of civil infrastructure with the ultimate goal of enhancing infrastructure resilience. His research brings together the versatility of generalized simulation-based approaches and the efficiency of soft computing and high performance computing to address the challenges associated with solving complex engineering problems. Dr. Jia earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (2007) and Master's degree in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (2009) from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2014).

Prior to joining CSU, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame (2014-2015) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015-2016). He is recipient of the Young Researcher Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (2013), and of the Best Student Paper Award in the ASCE EMI/PMC conference (2012).

Dr. Ryan Morrison
Dr. Ryan Morrison's research focuses on environmental flows and riverscape modifications. Specifically, his research has been centered on sustainably integrating ecological and human needs into water resource management, both from engineering and social science perspectives, and his work emphasizes the impacts of river management on aquatic ecosystems while exploring new methods for mitigating management effects. Dr. Morrison earned his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2006) degrees in civil engineering from Washington State University, and his Ph.D. (2014) degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to joining CSU he was a research engineer at the U.S. Geological Survey and also worked as a water resources engineer in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Morrison is currently an associate editor for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association and a licensed professional engineer. He is looking forward to contributing to CSU's tradition of excellent research in water resource engineering.

Dr. Mahmoud invited to fourth Arab-American Frontiers symposium

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud has been invited to participant in the fourth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium, hosted by the Masdar Institute of Science Technology on its campus in Abu Dhabi on 5-7 November 2016. The upcoming symposium is held in partnership with Masdar Institute, New York University Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute. It is also made possible thanks to the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). They have received hundreds of outstanding applications from the Arab region and the United States but only a small fraction of the applicants have been invited to participate.

The Arab-American Frontiers symposium intends to bring together researchers from many different disciplines. Thus, while the sessions of the meeting are designed to explore the frontiers of research in the fields of nanotechnology, water and solar energy, space technologies, neuroscience and oil and gas exploration, we will also have participants whose research falls within broader applications of these disciplines. Past experiences have shown that this leads to very interesting cross-disciplinary discussions and research collaborations.

Congratulations Hussam!

Dr. Venayagamoorthy presents UCSB ME Graduate-Student-Invited Seminar

On May 9th-10th, Dr. Venayagamoorthy presented at the inaugural Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Student-Invited Seminar hosted by University of California-Santa Barbara Mechanical Engineering. Read more about this event.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy presents UCSB ME Graduate-Student-Invited Seminar

CEE's Hydraulics Lab featured in HydroLink magazine

Read the latest issue of IAHR's HydroLink magazine, featuring CSU's Hydraulics Lab.

CSU Team places in top 16 of US EPA 2015 Campus Rain Works Challenge

A CEE CIVE 439 project team entered the national 2015 EPA Rainworks competition at the urging of Dr. Kimberly Catton. Our team placed in the top 16 entries in the country. More than 75 teams participated representing 500 students and faculty in the disciplines of landscape architecture, engineering, environmental science, urban planning, economics, communications and more.


CEE CIVE 439 project team
(left to right) Liting Tao, Caroline Michael, Natalie Thompson, Griffin Cullen

For more information on the project, see attached.

Congratulations Griffin Cullen, Caroline Michael, Liting Tao and Natalie Thompson for all of your hard work. we would also like to thank Susanne Cordery-Cotter in facilities for advising the team as well.

Dr. Fontane awarded 2016 Distance Learning Teacher of the Year

Dr. Fontane

Dr. Darrell Fontane has been presented with the 2016 Distance Learning Teacher of the Year Award by the Colorado Distance Learning Association.

The Colorado Distance Learning Association was founded in 2011, with a mission to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training across Colorado. The association addresses distance learning communities which include: pre K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling and telemedicine.

Congratulations Darrell!

Congratulations ASCE Student Organization!!!

3rd place winners

Our ASCE student organization placed 3rd overall at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference held this April. The steel bridge finally held the weight required for the first time in over a decade and placed 5th. The concrete canoe placed 4th. There was a new rule this year for the canoe in that no painting of the canoe was allowed. In addition our technical and non-technical papers placed 6th. All in all we can't be more proud of our students.


Dr. Ramirez top 20 professor by Online Engineering Programs

Dr. Jorge Ramirez

Dr. Jorge Ramirez has been recognized as one of the top 20 professors across the US for online education in Civil Engineering by Online Engineering Programs.

Read the announcement.

Congratulations Jorge!

Dr. Ellingwood received ASCE's 2016 Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood was awarded the 2016 Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal from the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE, "For the unique role that he has played in introducing concepts of probability, statistics and structural reliability to structural engineering and for transforming structural reliability from academic research specialty into a mainstream of structural engineering practice."

Alfred Freudenthal is generally viewed as the father of structural reliability as an academic discipline in the United States and worldwide.

"First in the world": CSU structural lab brings heat

Dr. Steven Abt receives 2016 ASCE Hydraulic Structures Medal

Dr. Steven Abt

Dr. Steven Abt has been selected by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2016 Hydraulic Structures Medal "For his substantial leadership and contributions toward the advancement of hydraulic engineering by conducting experiments and directing students in experimental hydraulics to help establish hydraulic structure design practices."

Congratulations Steven!

Dr. Shackelford & Dr. Labadie elected to ASCE Fellow grade

Dr. Chuck Shackelford
Dr. John Labadie

Department Head Dr. Chuck Shackelford and Dr. John Labadie have both been elected to ASCE Fellow grade.

ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. This prestigious honor is held by fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members. The minimum requirements are 10 years of responsible charge in the grade of ASCE Member and hold a P.E. or P.L.S. license. The applicants are nominated by an organizational entity of the Society (this includes Section or Branch Presidents, Board of Direction members, Institute Board of Governors members, and Chairs of Standing Board Committees) and voted on by the ASCE Membership Application Review Committee.

Congratulations Chuck and John!

Daniel Baker joins CEE Department

Dr. Daniel Baker

Dr. Daniel Baker joins the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty as a Professor of Practice this year after serving as a Research Scientist and Instructor in our department from 2012-2015. He had previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and completed his PhD here at CSU in July 2009. Dr. Baker also earned his PE in the state of Colorado in 2015. Dan still finds time outside of teaching to research the development of holistic tools to enable better decision making for and design of stream and river systems. Additionally, he is the co-chair of the Campus Bike Advisory Committee.

CEE Dept Welcomes Two New Faculty this Fall 2015

Dr. Rob Ettema
Dr. Rob Ettema joins our faculty as the Harold Short Endowed Chair to further augment the outstanding water and infrastructure program at Colorado State University. Dr. Ettema received his undergraduate and graduate education at Auckland University, New Zealand. He has held faculty and administrative positions at The University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming prior to joining Colorado State University. His main research and expertise interests involve a range of aspects regarding water engineering, including: hydraulic structures, river mechanics, and cold-regions considerations. He has served as Editor of the American Society of Civil Engineer's Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Associate Editor of ASCE's Cold Regions Engineering Journal, and has consulted and written extensively on numerous hydraulics and cold-regions problems. Additionally he is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and ASCE. Dr. Ettema recently was awarded the Hans Albert Einstein Award for his international recognition in advancing insight and engineering methods regarding sediment transport processes at bridge waterways and other hydraulic structures, sediment transport under ice cover and river morphology, and for promoting river mechanics education and history.

Dr. Joseph Scalia
Dr. Joseph Scalia also be joins our faculty this fall. Dr. Scalia specializes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, with a focus on environmental containment systems and the development of innovative barrier systems to protect human health and the environment. These barriers include systems intended to minimize risk resulting from municipal, mining, energy-production, and hazardous wastes. Dr. Scalia has performed research on the use of bentonite clay in hydraulic barriers, development of novel bentonite-polymer barrier materials for containment of extreme wastes, performance of final cover systems, and the hydraulic and unsaturated properties of soils. Dr. Scalia earned his B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Bucknell University in 2007, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geological engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and 2012. Prior to joining CSU, he was a Senior Associate at Exponent in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Practice in Bellevue, Washington, and Natick, Massachusetts. At Exponent, Dr. Scalia specialized in the evaluation of the extent, transport, and fate of contamination in saturated and unsaturated soils.

Karan Venayagamoorthy receives the Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy has received the College of Engineering's Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award.

"Karan's achievements in research, teaching and service are truly outstanding, especially for someone at a mid-academic career level. Karan is an exceptional member of the College's faculty. Karan's numerous achievements also attest to his excellent potential for making continued seminal contributions in the areas of fluid mechanics and water engineering."

Congratulations, Karan!

Steph Rosso receives Outstanding Admin Pro Staff Award

Steph Rosso

Steph Rosso has received the College of Engineering's Outstanding Administrative Professional Staff Award.

"Steph works as the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for both ME and CEE. She is among the most dedicated employees we have in the college. She routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is so vital to the functioning of both departments."

Congratulations, Steph!

Dr. Atadero to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Dr. Becki Atadero

Dr. Becki Atadero has been selected to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium to be held October 25-28, 2015, at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, CA.

Congratulations, Becki!

Dr. Arabi appointed as the Borland Endowment Professor of Water Resources

Dr. Mazdak Arabi

Dr. Mazdak Arabi has been appointed as the Borland Endowment Professor of Water Resources. This recognition is a new appointment that is sanctioned by the Borland Endowment, which supports the Department's activities in the areas of hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources. Mazdak has excelled in research and scholarly activity in water resources, and is well deserving of this recognition.

This appointment is in addition to the other existing Borland appointments, and is made based on nomination by the Department Head to the Borland Committee, whose approval is required. The duration of the appointment is for 3 years with the possibility of renewal by the DH.

Congratulations Mazdak!

CSU receives $12 million for urban water sustainability research

Dr. Mazdak Arabi, serves as the director of UWIN, a consortium of 14 academic institutions and key partners across the nation is addressing the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and around the world. Other CSU faculty involved with UWIN include professors Sybil Sharvelle, Brian Bledsoe, Neil Grigg, Jorge Ramirez, Dan Baker, and Scott Denning from the CSU College of Engineering, and LeRoy Poff with the Department of Biology.

Congratulations to Mazdak, Sybil, Brian, Neil, Jorge, Dan and Scott!

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Dr. Ellingwood receives 2015 CERRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association on Tuesday, July 14th in Vancouver. This award was given at the 12th International Conference on Application of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering.

According to the CERRA award committees, some experts show a once-in-a-lifetime brilliant idea, others are able to organize and run a large group of graduate students, open a new field of application or produce a lifelong permanent flow of high level output. The present 2015 CERRA award committee decided that it had very good reasons to honor Dr. Bruce Ellingwood in this way and stated: "We are talking of someone with a really impressive publication and citation record, based on work that can be qualified as being of a high scientific standard as well as important engineering relevance. We also refer to a number of practically oriented contributions to several code and standard committees and, last but not least, we are talking about the driving force behind one of the most appreciated journals: Dr. Bruce Ellingwood."

This has only been given several times in the last 15 to 20 years! Congratulations Bruce!

Dr. Atadero wins Best Diversity Paper Competition

Dr. Atadero

Dr. Atadero's paper, "Creating Inclusive Environments in First-year Engineering Classes to Support Student Retention and Learning" has been selected as the winner of the Best Diversity Paper Competition for the upcoming ASEE Conference on June 14-17, in Seattle.

The paper will be presented at the special session on the Year of Action on Diversity on June 15. Congratulations Becki!

Read more about this award.

Dr. Mahmoud invited to US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud has been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California September 9-11. Dr. Mahmoud was nominated by Bruce Ellingwood, who is an NAE member, and selected by the organizing committee.

There will be 100 engineers, from industry, universities, and government labs at the symposium and attendees will represent the full range of engineering fields. The four broad topics that will be covered at the 2015 symposium are: Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials, Cybersecurity, Engineering the Search for Earth-like Planets, and Forecasting Natural Disasters.

Read more here.

Dr. Labadie receives 2015 OnlinePlus Innovative Educator Award

Dr. John Labadie

Dr. John Labadie is awarded a 2015 OnlinePlus Innovative Educator (OPIE) Award. The award was established by Online Plus in 2013. All recipients are nominated by OnlinePlus students. Emphasis is placed on the positive relationship established with the students, how the professor was responsive, motivating and challenging in class and were the lectures interesting and insightful with thought-provoking homework assignments.

Learn more about this award.

Dr. Venayagmoorthy receives 2015-17 Monfort Professorship

Dr. Subhas Karan Venayagamoorthy

Dr. Subhas Karan Venayagamoorthy has been named a Monfort Professor, one of the university's top honors. The Monfort Professor Award was established in 2002 through a gift from the Monfort Family Foundation. Venayagmoorthy will receive $75,000 annually for two years to support his research projects and teaching efforts.

"In addition to being an extraordinary researcher and student mentor, Karan is also an excellent teacher in a classroom setting," College of Engineering Dean David McLean wrote in his nomination letter. "He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, consistently receiving outstanding evaluations from the students. Karan incorporates his cutting-edge research and knowledge into his classes and creates an environment that facilitates learning and student engagement."

For more details, click here.

Dr. Nelson receives Faculty Early Career Development Program Award

Dr. Nelson

The National Science Foundation has recently granted its most prestigious award in support of junior faculty, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, to Peter Nelson. The award will provide $510,848 over five years to support theoretical and experimental research on the morphodynamic effects of sediment supply and sorting in meandering rivers.

The award will also support educational programs in river science, including integration of the research in undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as the development of summer science programs aimed at K-12 students and outreach events at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

New $12M Urban Water Sustainability Research Network

Dr. Mazdak Arabi

Dr. Mazdak Arabi has just received the cooperative agreement from NSF to establish a $12M Urban Water Sustainability Research Network (SRN) at CSU. The vision of the SRN is to "make a global impact by creating science, guidance, and agents of innovation for integrated water systems and water-sensitive urban design." The other CE faculty involved with the SRN are: Brian Bledsoe, Neil Grigg, Jorge Ramirez, and Sybil Sharvelle.

The SRN partner institutions include:

Colorado State University (CSU) - lead university
Arizona State University (ASU)
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (CIES)
Florida International University (FIU)
Howard University (HU)
Oregon State University (OSU)
Princeton University (PU)
University of Arizona (UA)
University of California-Berkeley (UCB)
University of California-Riverside (UCR)
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
University of Miami (UM)
University of Oregon (UO)
University of Pennsylvania (UPENN)

Congratulations Mazdak, Brian, Neil, Jorge, and Sybil on this exciting new research center!

NIST Awards $20 Million for Research Center

PI and Director Dr. John van de Lindt, Co-Director Dr. Bruce Ellingwood and Co-PIs Dr. Suren Chen and Dr. Hussam Mahmoud have been awarded $20M by NIST over 5 years for a research center focused on resiliency to communities affected by disasters. This Community Resilience Center of Excellence will be working with NIST researchers and partners from 10 other universities, and will develop computer tools to help local governments decide how each can best invest resources intended to lessen the impact of extreme weather and other hazards on buildings and infrastructure and to recover rapidly in their aftermath.

"This center complements NIST's long-standing efforts to improve the performance of the built environment against natural hazards-such as tornadoes, coastal flooding, wildfires and earthquakes-as well as large-scale, human-caused disruptions," said Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director Willie May. "The tools developed by the center will help to further advance the important goal of disaster resilience from ambitious concepts to cost-effective solutions that communities can implement over time."

Read More here.

Congratulations to John, Bruce, Suren and Hussam!

Faculty Collaboration on $1.28M NSF Project

Dr. John van de Lindt, Dr. Hussam Mahmoud, and Dr. Bruce Ellingwood have been awarded $1.28M for their NSF proposal entitled, "RSB/Collaborative Research: A Risk-Informed Decision Framework to Achieve Resilient and Sustainable Buildings that Meet Community Objectives." This project is a collaborative effort with the Universities of Washington and Oklahoma, with $760K coming to CSU.

Dr. Pierre Julien received the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture

Dr. Pierre Julien

Dr. Pierre Julien has received the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture, the most prestigious national award in the area of Hydraulics. Dr. Julien was recognized "For his numerous achievements and contributions to the hydraulic engineering profession in the areas of river mechanics and erosion and sedimentation throughout a most distinguished, dedicated research and academic career."

Congratulations, Pierre!

Dr. John van de Lindt awarded ASCE Raymond Reese Research for 2015

Dr. John van de Lindt

Dr. John van de Lindt has just been awarded the ASCE Raymond Reese Research for 2015 for a paper he co-authored called "Evaluation of tsunami loads on wood frame walls at full scale" for the Journal of Structural Engineering.

Congratulations, John!

Dr. Sale received SERDP & ESTCP 2014 Project of the Year Award

Dr. Tom Sale

Dr. Tom Sale received a SERDP and ESTCP 2014 Project of the Year award from Andrea Leeson, Deputy Director & Environmental Restoration Program Manager at SERDP & ESTCP on Friday, December 12th. This award recognizes outstanding research and technology developments that will benefit the Department of Defense (DoD).

These efforts are helping DoD enhance its mission capabilities, improve its environmental and energy performance, and reduce costs. Dr. Sale's project was in environmental restoration: Basic Research Addressing Contaminants in Low Permeability Zones. His team developed analytical and numerical modeling techniques to address transport and fate of contaminants in heterogeneous media, along with a State-of-the-Science review of management of contaminants in low permeability zones in aquifers.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy and Grad Students receive Francois Frenkiel Award

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy, and two of his graduate students, Benjamin Mater and Simon Schaad, have been unanimously selected by the American Physical Society for the top Physics of Fluid article by young investigators in 2013. They received the Francois Frenkiel Award the society's Division of Fluid Dynamics for their paper: "Relevance of Thorpe length scale in stably stratified turbulence."

The paper was selected "For new and significant insights into scaling laws for stratified turbulence with potentially broad impact in the area of environmental flows," according to the citation for the award.

The award was presented to Venayagamoorthy and his students at a recent Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting in San Francisco. For more information about this paper, click here.

College of Engineering Awards

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
Dr. Marvin Criswell

Congratulations to Dr. Marvin Criswell and Dr. Hussam Mahmoud for receiving the COE's Meritorious Faculty Emeritus Award and the George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award, respectively.

Dr. Bareither receives 2013 Practical Paper Award

Chris Bareither

Congratulations to Chris Bareither for receiving the 2013 Practical Paper Award from ASTM Committee D-18 on Soil and Rock for his paper, "Evaluation of Bouwer-Rice Large-Particle Correction Procedure for Soil Water Characteristic Curves," published in the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal.

Dr. Sharvelle selected for Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Dr. Sybil Sharvelle

Dr. Sybil Sharvelle has been selected by the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) to participate in the Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium to be held October 26-29, 2014, at the NAE Beckman Center in Irvine, CA . This symposium recognizes faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines, and offers an opportunity for these faculty to share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution.

Dr. Ken Carlson received $500k gift from Noble company

Dr. Carlson

Dr. Carlson has received a $500k gift from the Noble company to the Center for Energy Water Sustainability in support of the continued development of the Colorado Water Watch that will be released to the public at next month's Natural Gas Symposium in Denver.

USDA funds CSU Team for 3 Year Project in Colorado's Arkansas River Valley

Lower Arkansas River Valley Vista

The USDA NIFA National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP) is funding a 3-yrs project for $659,955 entitled "Water Quality and Productivity Enhancement in an Irrigated River Basin through Participatory Conservation Planning and Analysis." Dr. Timothy Gates is the Project Director (PD) and Dr. John Labadie, Dr. Ryan Bailey, and Dr. Dana Hoag (Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics) are Co-PDs.


This project's goal is to identify and rank conservation practices that will sustain agricultural productivity and benefit the environment by lowering return flows and pollutant (salt and selenium) loads to the stream-aquifer system of Colorado's Lower Arkansas River Basin. A major obstacle to using these methods in western irrigated river valleys is the requirement that altered streamflow patterns cannot violate water rights or interstate river compacts. Calibrated regional and basin scale flow and solute transport models will be used to find effective conservation scenarios that satisfy socioeconomic and institutional constraints in the river basin. The project will involve extensive advisory stakeholder and student participation.

Dr. Ramirez received the 2013 Editors' Choice Award

Dr. Jorge Ramirez

Dr. Jorge Ramirez has been recognized for his outstanding research and scholarship. His paper, "Projected freshwater withdrawals in the United States under a changing climate," published in 2013 in Water Resources Research, will receive the 2013 Editors' Choice Award. This award is given to about 1% of published articles in any calendar year and is selected by the Editors of WRR on the basis of " ...technical significance, novelty, originality, presentation, and broader implications of the publication." The award will be presented formally at the Hydrologic Sciences Luncheon of the AGU Fall meeting in December 2014.

Dr. Mahmoud received the 2014 Robert J. Dexter Memorial

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud will be the recipient of the 2014 Robert J. Dexter Memorial, which is an extremely prestigious award given by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Steel Market Development Institute Steel Bridge Task Force and the AASHTO Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design.

The program was instituted in 2005 in memory of Robert Dexter, an internationally recognized expert on steel fracture and fatigue problems. The Robert J. Dexter Memorial Lecture program provides an opportunity for an individual early in his/her career in structural engineering to present a lecture on his/her steel bridge activities to the SMDI Steel Bridge Task Force and to participate in its semi-annual three-day meeting. The recipient becomes an invited guest of the Steel Bridge Task Force, which is comprised of the United States' leading steel bridge experts. The award will be presented at the SMDI Steel Bridge Task Force meeting in Denver, Colorado this August.

To view more information about this memorial, click here.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy received the Frenkial Award by American Physical Society

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy

Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy has received the prestigious Frenkial Award from the American Physical Society (APS) for his paper, "Relevance of the Thorpe length scale in stably stratified turbulent flow," published in 2013 in the prestigious journal, Physics of Fluids.

The citation for the award reads, "For new and significant insights into scaling laws for stratified turbulence with potentially broad impact in the area of environmental flows." The award will be presented to Karan at the APS meeting in San Francisco in November 2014, which brings together about 3000 fluid mechanics researchers from around the world every year and is the largest and most popular fluid mechanics conference in the world.

Dr. Criswell received the 2014 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Advisor Award

Dr. Marvin Criswell

Congratulations to Dr. Marvin Criswell for being selected as the 2014 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Advisor. Dr. Criswell is the 21st awardee of a program dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering education. A $1,000 cash award will be given in his name to the Dean McLean's discretionary fund and he is invited to attend the 2014 Convention in Spokane, WA on October 2-4 of this year.

Dr. Steven Abt presented a Lifetime Achievement Award

Steven Abt

Steven Abt, Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers – Environmental and Water Resources Institute during its annual meeting in Portland, OR. He was cited for his significant contributions to the society, the profession and the nation. Abt is a Fellow and life member of ASCE. He is currently serving as a Senior Research Scientist at CSU and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers.

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud joins the School of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud now holds a joint faculty appointment with the School of Biomedical Engineering at CSU. His main bioengineering research is aimed at developing probabilistic frameworks for the evaluation of the risk of failure of biological tissues on the component and system levels. Dr. Mahmoud's current research focuses on mitigating risk of premature labor through probabilistic evaluation of cervix-uterus interaction on the system level. Traditional methods of assessing the risk of early labor have only focused on the cervix as opposed to the cervical-uterus systems. The simulated systems are assessed in terms of the cervical opening as a performance parameter since it is a direct indicator of cervical failure. Dr. Mahmoud's graduate class on Mechanics of Fatigue and Fracture highlights the cross-linking between different fields by covering a wide range of topics ranging from failures in steel bridges and ship structures to hard tissues including bone and teeth.

Dr. Ken Carlson debates the merits of fracking

On May 4th, Joseph Romm, fellow at the Center for American Progress and founder of Climate Progress, and Dr. Ken Carlson debated whether fracking can be a clean and safe source of energy and if it can help transition the country towards renewable energy resources.

Watch this fascinating debate organized by the Real News Network, .

2013-14 Academic Year Faculty and Staff Awards

Don Silar - Outstanding Academic Partner
Jess Cromley - Staff Award for Excellence
Dan Baker - Outstanding Research Scientist/Instructor
Karan Venayagamoorthy - Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jeff Niemann - Faculty Award for Excellence in Service
John van de Lindt - Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
Tim Gates - Outstanding Faculty Performance

Engineering Days 2014 Awards

Paul Heyliger has been awarded the College of Engineering's Outstanding Faculty Member by the Engineering College Council. The CEE Department's student winners are:

Wenyuan Tang received the Civil Engineering Achievement Award
Jacob Leins received the Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award
Tyler Dell received the Ralph Parshall Award
Ryne Schroder received the Civil Engineering Student Leadership Award
Qingjing Gong received the Environmental Engineering Achievement Award
Keith Wakefield received the Environmental Engineering Student Leadership Award

Dr. van de Lindt elected as ASCE Fellow

Dr. van de Lindt

Congratulations to Dr. van de Lindt for being approved by the Executive Committee of ASCE as a new Fellow member! This is a very prestigious honor, and the department is most proud!

Dr. Carlson leads Colorado Water Watch study to chart changes in groundwater

Dr. Carlson

Conducted through Colorado State University in partnership with Noble Energy, the Colorado Water Watch demonstration project will soon begin water table monitoring in test wells at roughly 10 Noble production sites in a real-time look at how the water changes.

"It was conceived not so much as a research project but as a tool to provide information to the public," said project lead researcher Ken Carlson, an associate professor Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU. "The oil and gas industry is taking the initiative here to provide some visibility."

To read the full story, click here.

Department Awarded Funding for New Water Center

Mazdak Arabi, PI, Brian Bledsoe, Co-PI, Sybil Sharvelle, Co-PI, and Neil Grigg, Director were awarded a multi-university grant for a new water center:

New Water Center

The Mission of the CLEAN center is to create knowledge, build capacity, and forge collaboration to develop and demonstrate sustainable solutions for reduction of nutrient pollution in the nation's water resources.


The Center activities connect natural and physical systems, human actions, and policy to create innovative solutions to nutrient pollution problems. Sustainable nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) management solutions for restoring watershed systems and attaining designated uses will be developed and demonstrated. These sustainable solutions will integrate abatement strategies for urban, agricultural, and riparian systems, and effective policy instruments (incentives and market-based approaches) that facilitate trading among sectors, provide equity along water systems, increase chance of adoption, and minimize costs.

The Clean Center

Dr. Carlson interviewed by the Weather Channel concerning Colorado floods

In memory of Dr. Everett Richardson

With great sadness, we say farewell to a great friend of the department, Dr. Everett Richardson. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy from his many important contributions to this community and we are proud and honored to have known him.

Read more about Dr. Everett Richardson's legacy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.