Research

What starts here changes the world. The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is known for discovery leading to solutions to global challenges in water, health, energy, and the environment. The true goal of research is to discover technologies, standards, methods, products, and processes that improve the world we live in.

Top Ranking in the U.S.

Department of Atmospheric Science1

$81.4 Million

Total Research Expenditures
Fiscal Year 2017

Top six

Average Research Funding per Faculty Among Public Land Grant Engineering Colleges2

1: National Research Council (2010); 2: US News and World Report (2016)

Featured Research

Arun Kota CAREER award

The National Science Foundation has named Arun Kota, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, a recipient of its Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Kota’s award will support his research into liquid-repellent surfaces...

Elizabeth Barnes wins NSF CAREER award

Elizabeth Barnes, assistant professor from the Department of Atmospheric Science, was named a recipient of the NSF CAREER award for tools providing insight connecting loss of sea ice and accelerated warming of the Arctic to midlatitude weather patterns...

Protecting the grid

CSU engineering professor Sid Suryanarayanan and his partners successfully demonstrated the Real-Time SuperLab concept. They are among the first in the nation to apply high-performance computing techniques to the management of the electric power grid...

Q Bio at CSU

A recent Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from NIGMS/NIH is allowing Assistant Professor Brian Munsky to leverage his expertise in computational biology, to probe the information content in single-cell fluctuations...

PECASE awarded to hurricane researcher Michael Bell

For his groundbreaking work observing and modeling tropical cyclones, CSU associate professor Michael Bell has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers...

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Global and regional water cycles
Hydraulics
Hydrology
Water infrastructure
Water resources

Biocompatible materials
Biomedical devices
Diagnostic tool development
Public health
Systems and synthetic biology

Advanced combustion technology
Efficient and resilient infrastructure
Impacts of energy
Lasers and optical technologies
Renewable and sustainable energy

Climate studies
Environmental monitoring and management
Hurricanes and severe weather
Life cycle and impacts of trace species
The built environment

Water

CSU has a rich legacy of excellence in water research, dating back to the earliest days of the University. Today, engineering faculty working in hydrology, hydraulics, water resources, and water infrastructure and management are continuing and expanding upon this legacy, helping us maintain a national and international prominence in this societally critical area. 

Atmospheric Rivers | Sub-Seasonal to Seasonal Prediction of Extreme Events | Satellite-, Aircraft-, and Ground-Based Cloud and Precipitation Observations | Radar Meteorology | Watershed Modeling | Precipitation, Soil Moisture, and Vegetation Interactions


Observational capabilities from a variety of platforms are leveraged to produce new insights into regional and global precipitation amounts and patterns, and their impacts on climate, agriculture, transportation, and ecosystems.


Faculty

Elizabeth Barnes
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Michael Bell
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Christine Chiu
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science

Christian Kummerow
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Jeffrey Niemann
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Branislav Notaros
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jorge Ramirez
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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David Randall
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Steven Reising
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Chandra Venkatachalam
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Open and Closed Channel Flows | Turbulence | Erosion and Sediment Transport | Assessment and Repair of Hydraulic Structures | River Mechanics


Our unique laboratory facilities enable the physical modeling of hydraulic systems at true scales, complementing our modeling and theoretical work in this area.


Faculty

Robert Ettema
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Timothy Gates
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Pierre Julien
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ryan Morrison
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Peter Nelson
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Christopher Thornton
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Karan Venayagamoorthy
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Watershed Modeling and Management | Hydrometeorology | Groundwater and Surface Water Flow | Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions | Contaminant Transport | Flooding


Combined observational and modeling approaches are applied to environmental preservation and resilience via the study of surface and groundwater flows, controls on soil moisture, and transport of containment.


Faculty

Mazdak Arabi
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Aditi Bhaskar
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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John Labadie
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Jeffrey Niemann
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Jorge Ramirez
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Monitoring and Evaluation of Irrigation and Drainage Systems | Precision Irrigation | Pipeline Systems | Radar Infrastructure for Flood Mitigation | Dam Safety | Erosion and Sedimentation | Bank Revetment and Stabilization | Hydraulic Structures | Urban Water Systems


Our faculty conduct research on the safety, security, and optimization of water delivery systems for agricultural, industrial, and domestic uses.


Faculty

Aditi Bhaskar
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sandra Biedron
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jose Chavez
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Edwin Chong
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Robert Ettema
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Neil Grigg
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Pierre Julien
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ryan Morrison
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Peter Nelson
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sybil Sharvelle
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Christopher Thornton
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Chandra Venkatachalam
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Water Resource Systems Modeling, Optimization, and Control | Chemical Fate and Transport in Watershed Systems | International Water Development | Urban Water Management | Water Quality | Desalination Technologies | Environmental Remediation | Wastewater and Graywater Reuse


Providing access to clean water is one of the National Academy’s Grand Challenges for Engineering. Our faculty are leaders in developing technologies for water treatment, recycling, and reuse, and for optimizing water systems management.


Faculty

Mazdak Arabi
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ryan Bailey
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Timothy Gates
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Neil Grigg
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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John Labadie
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Jeffrey Niemann
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Thomas Sale
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Health

Partnering with other CSU researchers, our faculty are making contributions to the improvement of human, animal, and environmental health. Our research includes development of new diagnostic tools and biomedical devices, tissue engineering, innovative pharmaceutical production processes, and human health impacts of degraded air and water quality.

Tissue Engineering | Allografts | Bone Regeneration Scaffolds | Artificial Blood | Superhydrophobic and Superhydrophilic Materials | Biocompatible Polymers


Next-generation materials are being developed to solve one of the most complex problems in biomedical engineering: biocompatibility.


Faculty

Travis Bailey
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Susan James
Department Head and Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Matthew Kipper
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Arun Kota
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Diego Krapf
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Ketul Popat
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Christopher Snow
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Orthopaedic Implants | Cornea Replacement | Cartilage Replacement | Heart Valve Technologies | Computational Modeling of Orthopaedic Conditions | Surgical Robots


In partnership with the CSU Veterinary School and our partners at medical schools, we have invented and patented new technologies that will improve medical care and outcomes.


Faculty

David Bark
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Randy Bartels
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Sandra Biedron
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Thomas Chen
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Seth Donahue
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Tammy Donahue
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Anura Jayasumana
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Matthew Kipper
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Diego Krapf
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Mahdi Nikdast
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Branislav Notaros
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Sudeep Pasricha
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Ali Pezeshki
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Christian Puttlitz
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Zhijie Wang
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Jesse Wilson
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Biomedical Imaging and Microscopy | Biosensors | Lab on a Chip | Organ on a Chip | Point of Care Diagnostics | Personal Exposure Monitoring Devices | Water and Air Quality Sensors


Our expertise in development of sensors employing microfluidics and nanotechnology has led to breakthrough devices in several key application areas.


Faculty

Randy Bartels
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Sandra Biedron
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Thomas Chen
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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David Dandy
Professor and Department Head
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Nick Fisk
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Kevin Lear
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Sudeep Pasricha
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jean Peccoud
Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Ali Pezeshki
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Zhijie Wang
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Jesse Wilson
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Exposure Monitoring and Assessment | Disease Outbreak Monitoring | Water Infrastructure Assessment | Health Impacts of Climate Variability and Climate Change | Cyberbiosecurity | Citizen Science


CSU research is put into action through our efforts in applying technology to increase public awareness of health threats and to engage citizens in active participation in personal and community monitoring and protection.


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Christopher Bareither
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Elizabeth Barnes
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Thomas Chen
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Edwin Chong
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Susan De Long
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Shantanu Jathar
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Mahdi Nikdast
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jeffrey Pierce
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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A.R. Ravishankara
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Brad Reisfeld
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Karan Venayagamoorthy
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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John Volckens
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Liuqing Yang
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Proteomics | Metabolic Engineering | Protein Engineering | Quantitative Biology | Microbiome Analysis and Engineering


CSU researchers are working to apply quantitative engineering principles to describe and manipulate complex biological systems, from single cells to entire organisms.


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Diego Krapf
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Brian Munsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Jean Peccoud
Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Christie Peebles
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Ashok Prasad
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Kenneth Reardon
Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Brad Reisfeld
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Christopher Snow
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Energy

Access to clean, reliable, and abundant energy is central to every major challenge the world faces today. Developing innovative solutions to global energy problems, our faculty conduct research in clean technology, renewable energy sources, next-generation photovoltaics, CO2 capture, and advanced power grid technologies.

Industrial Engine Technologies | Dual-Fuel Engines | Engine Exhaust Characterization and Aftertreatment Systems | Alternative Fuels | Modeling of Reactive Turbulent Flows | Laser Ignition; Cookstove Design and Testing


The mission of CSU’s acclaimed Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory is “to create innovative energy solutions and entrepreneurial models that benefit the human condition and achieve global impact.”


Faculty

Xinfeng Gao
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Stephen Guzik
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Allan Kirkpatrick
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Anthony Marchese
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Daniel Olsen
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Bret Windom
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Azer Yalin
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Smart Grids | Electric Grid Systems and Security | Natural Gas Supply Chain Testing and Monitoring | Flooding Prediction and Mitigation | Resilient Structural Design | Single and Multiple Hazards and Extreme Event Testing and Modeling | Community Resilience Modeling


Much of the nation’s infrastructure, from roads and buildings to the energy grid, must be renewed and sustained. We are working on infrastructure design and new technologies for planning community resilience.


Faculty

Mazdak Arabi
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ryan Bailey
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Aditi Bhaskar
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sandra Biedron
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Kenneth Carlson
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Jose Chavez
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Timothy Gates
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Neil Grigg
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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John Labadie
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Kevin Lear
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Pinar Omur-Ozbek
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Thomas Sale
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sybil Sharvelle
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Tiezheng Tong
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chandra Venkatachalam
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Air Quality, Climate, and Health Interactions | Air, Water, and Soil Contamination and Remediation | Emissions From Oil and Gas Production | Climate and Ecosystem Responses


We work with industry and government to understand emissions during the lifecycle of energy production and use, and their impacts on humans, animals, and the environment.


Faculty

Kenneth Carlson
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ellison Carter
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Jeffrey Collett
Professor and Department Head
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Scott Denning
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Emily Fischer
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Shantanu Jathar
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Sonia Kreidenweis
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Kevin Lear
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jeffrey Pierce
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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A.R. Ravishankara
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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John Volckens
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Azer Yalin
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Extreme Ultraviolet Laser Technology Development and Applications | Soft X-Ray Photonics | Nonlinear and Ultrafast Optics and Lasers | Molecular Optoelectronics | Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy | Nano-Microscopy and Nano-Spectrometry | Optical Interference Coatings | Laser Ignition Technologies | Laser Diagnostics


Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research on advanced technologies that enable breakthrough applications from materials science to medical diagnostics.


Faculty

Randy Bartels
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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George Collins
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Diego Krapf
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Kevin Lear
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Mario Marconi
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Carmen Menoni
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jorge Rocca
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jesse Wilson
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Azer Yalin
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Algae-Based Biofuels | Biodiesel and Alternative Fuels | Photovoltaic Films and Solar Panel Technologies | Wind Energy | Energy Storage and Conversion Systems | Waste Heat Recovery | Electric Grid Design | Carbon Dioxide Capture


Our researchers are innovators in several renewable and sustainable energy technologies, including development of algae-based biofuels and transformational photovoltaic technologies.


Faculty

Todd Bandhauer
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Thomas Bradley
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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David Dandy
Professor and Department Head
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Sudeep Pasricha
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Christie Peebles
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Jason Quinn
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Donald Radford
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Kenneth Reardon
Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Walajabad Sampath
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Sid Suryarayanan
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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John Williams
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Bryan Willson
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Liuqing Yang
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Peter Young
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Environment

Our programs in atmospheric science and environmental engineering and science are ranked among the top in the world. Focus areas include hurricanes and severe weather, environmental monitoring using radar and satellite technologies, emissions and transport of pollutants, global carbon and nitrogen cycles, and water sustainability.

Large-Scale Climate Variability | Stratosphere / Troposphere Coupling | Ocean Atmosphere and Land/Atmosphere Interactions | Cloud-Climate Studies | Dynamics of Geophysical Vortices and Annular Modes | Tropical Meteorology; Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Studies | Climate Response to Anthropogenic Forcing | Geoengineering; Development and Application of Climate Models


Observations and modeling of key climate variables are used to understand the drivers of variability and change, on a range of spatial and temporal scales.


Faculty

Elizabeth Barnes
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Thomas Birner
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Scott Denning
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Eric Maloney
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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David Randall
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Sourajeet Roy
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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David Thompson
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Sue Van Den Heever
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Peter Jan van Leeuwen
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science

Satellite-, Ground-, and Ship-Based Radars | Satellite-Based Measurements | Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality Measurements | Emissions Monitoring and Modeling | Soil and Groundwater Contamination | Bioremediation | Waste Management and Recycling | Sensors and Sensor Networks | Wireless Networks and Cellular Systems | Computer and Communication Networks | Resource Allocation and Management | Robotics


A wide range of technologies is being developed and applied to monitoring of the environment, including state-of-the-science radars, sensors and sensor networks, and in situ sampling for contaminants in air, water, and soil.


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Mahmood Azimi-Sadjadi
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Christopher Bareither
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sandra Biedron
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Kenneth Carlson
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ellison Carter
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Edwin Chong
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jeffrey Collett
Department Head and Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Susan De Long
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Emily Fischer
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Nick Fisk
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Anura Jayasumana
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Gaofeng Jia
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sonia Kreidenweis
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Christian Kummerow
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Kevin Lear
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Pinar Omur-Ozbek
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ali Pezeshki
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jeffrey Pierce
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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A.R. Ravishankara
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Steven Rutledge
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Thomas Sale
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Joe Scalia
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Charles Shackelford
Department Head and Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sybil Sharvelle
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Tiezheng Tong
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Peter Jan van Leeuwen
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science

Karan Venayagamoorthy
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Chandra Venkatachalam
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Tropical Cyclogenesis | Hurricane Dynamics | Monsoons | Mesoscale Convective Systems | Storm Organization | Tornadogenesis | Precipitation Extremes | Hail Formation | Flash Floods | Societal Impacts of Weather


Our world-class research has led to new insights into tropical cyclone genesis and evolution, initiation of convection and storm intensification, and severe weather observations and forecasting.


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Michael Bell
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Christine Chiu
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science

Edwin Chong
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jorge Ramirez
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Kristen Rasmussen
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Steven Reising
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Steven Rutledge
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Russ Schumacher
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Susan Van Den Heever
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Chandra Venkatachalam
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Atmospheric Chemistry | Global and Regional Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles | Nitrogen Deposition to Ecosystems | Emissions From Energy Development Activities | Biomass Burning | Transportation Emissions | Emissions From Domestic Heating and Cooking | Soil and Groundwater Contaminant Transport and Mitigation


Emissions from both anthropogenic and natural sources can have local to global impacts on air and water quality, ecosystem health, and climate. We study the lifecycles of these emissions using observational and modeling approaches.


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Ryan Bailey
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ellison Carter
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Jeffrey Collett
Department Head and Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Robert Ettema
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Emily Fischer
Assistant Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Pierre Julien
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Sonia Kreidenweis
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Peter Nelson
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Jeffrey Pierce
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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A.R. Ravishankara
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Joe Scalia
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Russ Schumacher
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Charles Shackelford
Department Head and Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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David Thompson
Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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John Volckens
Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Structural Dynamics and Engineering | Reliability Analysis | Multihazard Resiliency | Geotechnical Engineering | Soil Mechanics | Transportation Systems | Autonomous Vehicles | Smart Buildings | Energy Infrastructure | Robotics | Cybersecurity


Our researchers focus on many aspects of “smart and connected” communities, including structural and geotechnical engineering, transportation systems, smart buildings, energy infrastructure, and cybersecurity.


Faculty

Rebecca Atadero
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Christopher Bareither
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Suren Chen
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Edwin Chong
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Bruce Ellingwood
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Paul Heyliger
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Anura Jayasumana
Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Gaofeng Jia
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Hussam Mahmoud
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Ali Pezeshki
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Joe Scalia
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Russ Schumacher
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Science
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Charles Shackelford
Department Head and Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Thomas Siller
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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John van de Lindt
Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Chandra Venkatachalam
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Department Research

Centers & Labs

Located on- and off-campus, the College’s centers and labs make cutting-edge research possible, and facilitate practical, hands-on learning experiences for students.

An interdisciplinary effort with the Department of Atmospheric Science, CASA focuses on improved methods for detecting and predicting dangerous weather using networks of radars.


National Science Foundation:
CASA radar tracks tornadoes down the street and up to the minute:

Colorado State University Radar Group

Center for Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (CSITS)

The Center for Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (CSTIS) conducts multi-disciplinary research, education, and outreach for promoting the sustainability of critical transportation infrastructure systems, subjected to normal and hazardous conditions.

Colorado Climate Center

The Climate Center is a recognized State Climate Office by the American Association of State Climatologists (ARSCO designated). As a recognized State Climate Office, the Center collects and observes data with the purpose of monitoring the climate, placing individual events into historical perspective, disseminating climate information to the user community, and providing climate expertise as part of the decision-making process.

Researchers develop tools and methods to better communicate the climatology and climate variability of Colorado to scientists, educators, stakeholders, media, and the general public. In an effort to better understand Colorado’s climate, and how it is changing, the staff also regularly conduct (and collaborate on) research projects.

Composite Materials, Manufacture and Structures Laboratory (CMMS)

The Composite Materials, Manufacture and Structures Laboratory (CMMS) houses equipment to model composites manufacturing processes and perform mechanical testing and microstructural analysis. The focus of the lab’s research efforts can be broken into broad categories including process development, shape and warpage control, and materials response simulation. 

 

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

CIRA’s mission is to serve as a nexus for multi-disciplinary cooperation among Cooperative Institute and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research scientists, University faculty, staff and students in the context of NOAA-specified research theme areas in satellite applications for weather/climate forecasting.

Important bridging elements include the communication of research findings to the international scientific community, transition of applications and capabilities to NOAA operational users, education and training programs for operational user proficiency, outreach programs to K-12 education and the general public for environmental literacy, and understanding and quantifying the societal impacts of NOAA research.

CSU-CHILL National Weather Radar Facility

The CSU-CHILL National Weather Radar Facility is an advanced, transportable dual-polarized S-band weather radar system. Staff also maintain and operate a second S-band weather radar, the CSU-Pawnee. Access to the CSU-CHILL Facility and its archived data is available to the general research and education communities.

Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology

The Center aims to make extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light available routinely in a broad variety of laboratory settings, for applications like high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, elemental- and bio-microscopy, and nano-fabrication.

Breakthroughs in both EUV Lasers and in High Harmonic Generation sources facilitated by the Center have greatly expanded laser spectral coverage down to 1 nm, increased average power by several orders of magnitude, and in some cases reduced the source size down to desk-top scale.

In partnership with industry collaborators, the compact coherent sources developed at the Center are now commercially available and are making an impact in institutions world-wide.

Graduate Geoenvironmental Room/Geotechnical Lab

The Graduate Geoenvironmental Room/Geotechnical Lab serves as a center for the development and utilization of advanced testing capabilities for implementation in geoenvironmental engineering practice.

The objectives are to offer advanced testing capabilities that meet the requirements and demands of the geoenvironmental engineering industry, and to increase existing equipment and testing capabilities at Colorado State University in the areas of unsaturated and saturated flow and transport, particularly with respect to materials being used in the geoenvironmental industry.

Contact:

Charles Shackelford
Charles.Shackelford@colostate.edu
(970) 491-5051

Chris Thornton, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, with a wave simulator at the Engineering Research Center, July 20, 2011

Hydraulics Research Laboratory

The Hydraulics Laboratory is part of a unique research facility designed for hydraulic model studies, hydraulic performance testing and research in the fields of open channel and closed conduit hydraulics.

Facilities and equipment on site can test valves, flow meters, and pumps for flow capacity, pressure loss, energy output and efficiency.

Industrial Assessment Center

The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) offers combined energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and productivity improvement assessments to qualified small and medium-size manufacturers. The IAC aims to improve the industrial efficiency of manufacturing companies, increasing their ability to effectively compete in the national and global marketplace.

Contact:

Tom Bradley
Thomas.Bradley@colostate.edu

Mike Kostrzewa
Michael.Kostrzewa@colostate.edu

International School for Water Resources (ISWR)

The International School for Water Resources provides advanced training for engineers and managers concerned with water resources engineering and technical management alternatives.

Typical ISWR participants are water agency managers, academic faculty, engineers, and technical support staff who already hold a college degree or title, but want advanced training in a water-related field without having to complete requirements for a formal degree.

Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC)

Several factors are driving the search for sustainable alternative energy sources: projections of increased demand and decreased supply of petroleum, concerns about increasing greenhouse gas levels, and the desire for increased domestic energy production. Colorado State University created the Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC) to address these needs and achieve the goal of energy production that is economically and environmentally sustainable.

The SBDC enhances the capability of America’s bioenergy industry to produce transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks on a large scale, through processes that are efficient as well as economically and environmentally sustainable.

The SBDC supports Colorado State University bioenergy researchers through research initiation grants, initial financial support of new bioenergy faculty positions, student and postdoctoral fellowships, equipment purchases, and travel grants; the SBDC also enhances CSU’s abilities in collaborative efforts with other entities committed to the development of alternative energy sources.

Contact:

Kenneth F. Reardon
Kenneth.Reardon@colostate.edu
(970) 491-6505

CSU Urban Water Center

Urban Water Center

The Urban Water Center at Colorado State University was created to foster education and research, and provide municipalities with information to assist them with better management of their urban water systems.

The mission of this organization is to promote adoption of sustainable and innovative urban water management approaches through teaching, research and extension. 

Specific topics  include:

  • Water Reuse (Graywater, Stormwater and Wastewater)
  • Water Efficiency
  • Addressing Aging Water Infrastructure
  • Stormwater Management
  • Energy Efficiency in Water Management