Dr. Thomas Sale

Emeritus Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thomas SaleDr. Tom Sale is currently Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and Past Director of the Center for Contaminant Hydrology in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.  He is also an independent consulting hydrogeologist. Research and consulting over the past 30-years have focused on innovative solutions for groundwater contaminants in source zones and plumes.

The Center for Contaminant Hydrology currently supports five full-time staff members,4 PhD students, 6 MS students and three undergraduate students. The center conducts ~ $1,500,000 in remediation research annually. Current sponsors include the US DoD, Chevron, DuPont, Shell, Suncor Energy, ExxonMobil, and GE. The innovative nature of the Center’s research is reflected in acquisition of six final and one provisional patents over the last nine years.

Dr. Sale received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, M.S. Degree from the University of Arizona, and B.A. degrees from Miami of Ohio. His abilities are reflected in his selection for the Environment Protection Agency DNAPL Source Expert Panel and the National Research Council’s Army funded Committee on Source Removal of Contaminants in the Subsurface.

Research Interests

  • Denver Basin Groundwater Resources (1998-Present)
  • ZVI-Clay (2002-Present)
  • Electrically Induced Redox Barriers (1998 – Present)
  • Benefits of Remediation (1983-Present)
  • Computation Models for Emerging Contaminants (2009 -Present)
  • Contaminant Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media ( 2003-Presentt)

Links to Other Information

International Connections

  • Country: Canada
    Contact: University of Guelph, University Consortium
  • Country: Canada
    Contact: University of British Columbia, Research
  • Country: Denmark
    Contact: Danish Technological Institute, Collaboration

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering Research Center B001 ERC
Phone: (970) 491-8413
Fax: (970) 491-8224


  • B.A. 1980, Miami University Ohio – Chemistry
  • B.A. 1980, Miami University Ohio – Geology
  • M.S. 1985, University of Arizona – Watershed Hydrology
  • Ph.D. 1998, Colorado State University – Agricultural Engineering