Research Centers & Institutes


Center for Contaminant Hydrology

The Center for Contaminant Hydrology (CCH) is a nationally recognized program focused on finding innovative solutions for inadvertant release of contaminants to subsurface environments. Key attributes of the program include interdisciplinary studies, close collaboration with sponsors, collaboration with other academic programs, a focus on field scale studies, and innovation. Director: Thomas C. Sale Phone: 970-491-8413 Fax: 970-491-8224. Go to CCH website.


Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning

The Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning at Colorado State University, funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will accelerate the development of system-level models and databases that will provide the technology for enhancing community resilience in a research and development program involving three major thrusts. In addition to faculty at CSU, the team members include noted experts in resilience from the University of Oklahoma, Oregon State University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, the University of Illinois, the University of Washington, the University of South Alabama, and two minority serving institutions, California Polytechnic University, Pomona and Texas A&M-Kingsville. The decision framework created in the Center will provide a unique set of science-based measurement tools, supported by fully integrated databases and risk-informed decision methods, to optimize the design and management of individual facilities and interdependent community infrastructure systems so as to achieve resilience goals while managing life-cycle costs, thus making it possible to establish, for the first time, a business case for achieving community resilience.. Go to the center website.


Engineering Research Center

The ERC is an 110,000-square-foot research facility supporting faculty and student projects in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Director: Christopher I. Thorton Phone: (970) 491-8394 Fax: (970) 491-8462.


Integrated Decision Support Group (IDS)

The Integrated Decision Support Group (IDS) combines advanced modeling techniques with software engineering to create Decision Support Systems for water and natural resources management. Develops decision support systems by combining software engineering and geographic information systems with advanced modeling techniques in natural resources management and civil and agricultural engineering. Promote “cross-pollination” of ideas by working with people who have different technical expertise including sponsoring agencies. Go to IDS website.


International School for Water Resources (ISWR)

The International School for Water Resources (ISWR) was established in 1967 to provide advanced non-degree training for engineers and managers concerned with water resources engineering and technical management alternatives. Go to ISWR website.


Mountain-Plains Consortium

The Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC), is one of 10 University Transportation Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The MPC is the center for Region VIII and a national resource and focal point for the support of research and training concerning the transportation infrastructure and the movement of passengers and freight. Rebecca Atadero (970): 491-3584 Fax: 491-7727. Go to the MPC website.


One Water Solutions Institute

The One Water Solutions Institute (OWSI) provides world-class research and innovative technologies to promote collaboration between CSU and outside partners such as local governments, private sector/industry members and non-profit organizations.  OWSI is home to several national research centers with specific efforts underway to address a variety of water sustainability challenges. Go to the OWSI Website


Urban Water Center

The Urban Water Center at CSU was created to foster education and research as well as provide municipalities with information to assist them with better management of their urban water systems. The mission of this center to promote adoption of sustainable and innovative urban water management approaches through teaching, research and extension. Go to the Urban Water Center Website.


Centers, Institutes and Interdisciplinary Programs

The Department of Civil Engineering is active with several outside Centers, Institutes and Interdisciplinary Programs.


International Programs

The Department of Civil Engineering works with a number of institutions around the world. Our International Programs deliver a growing need for outreach to international students. The retention in the international programs grows in number each year.


Affiliated Links

These Institutions listed assist the Civil Engineering Department with education and research. Our combined efforts make the Civil Engineering Department one of the most modern departments in the nation.