Dr. Robert Ettema

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Robert EttemaDr. Rob Ettema joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in August, 2015 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 the following range of aspects regarding water engineering: 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 Engineering New Zealand and ASCE. Dr. Ettema 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 covers and river morphology, and for promoting river mechanics education and history.

Research Interests

  • Hydraulic Structures and Systems
  • Cold Regions Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Sediment Transport

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Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering Research Center 205
Phone: 970-491-8099

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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.E. 1975, The University of Auckland – Civil Engineering
  • M.Engr. 1977, The University of Auckland – Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1980, The University of Auckland – Civil Engineering