What starts here changes the world. The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is known for numerous discoveries, leading to solutions for 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.
1: National Research Council (2010); 2: US News and World Report (2016)
University Distinguished Professors
University Distinguished Professors comprise less than one percent of Colorado State University faculty. Over 31 years of the program’s existence, only a selected few have received this special honor across the university.
University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
University Distinguished Teaching Scholars have records of performance ranking them among the most outstanding teachers and educators in their disciplines.
Faculty members must be approved through an extensive process that includes a panel of current University Distinguished Teaching Scholars at Colorado State University.
Branislav Notaros, 2016, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Darrell Fontane, 2013, Civil and Environmental Engineering (emeritus)
Current faculty who are National Academy of Engineering members:
- Bruce Ellingwood, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Emeritus faculty who are National Academy of Engineering members:
Jack Cermak, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Ray Chamberlain, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Marvin Jensen, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Larry Roesner, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Graeme Stephens, Atmospheric Science; Tom Vonder Haar, Atmospheric Science
Current faculty who are National Academy of Sciences members:
- A.R. Ravishankara, Atmospheric Science and Chemistry
Current faculty who are Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors:
- V. “Chandra” Chandrasekar, 2020, Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Susan James, 2020, Mechanical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, and School of Advanced Materials Discovery
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.