Research

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.

Top Ranking in the U.S.

Department of Atmospheric Science1

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

$80 Million

Total Research Expenditures
Fiscal Year 2018

Top six

Average Research Funding per Faculty Among Public Land Grant Engineering Colleges2

Featured research

What is Systems Engineering?

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Tom Bradley, Woodward Professor and Department Head of the Systems Engineering Department at Colorado State University, walks through the different elements of what systems engineering is.

What’s it like at the top of the spillway in CSU’s Hydraulics Lab?

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On a recent afternoon, a small team led by Associate Professor Chris Thornton demonstrated their newly constructed model of the Los Vaqueros Dam spillway and emergency outlet for stakeholders in California and Denver.

Graduate Programs

Top-rated faculty, robust research programs, and outstanding opportunities have lead to the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering’s world-class reputation. Graduate students work alongside respected faculty to meet societal challenges and make a global impact through innovative and collaborative research.

Welcome graduate students!

Associate Dean for Research Sonia Kreidenweis previews our programs, community, and the Fort Collins campus.

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Creating a culture of inclusion and equity

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Melissa Burt  introduces upcoming graduate students on how we work towards creating a culture of inclusion and equity.

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Graphic design with green background, CSU logo, and text "Gradshow 2021, presented by the Graduate School and Vice President for Research."

Engineering graduate students showcased exceptional work at the 2021 Gradshow

The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research announced more than $19,000 in sponsorships to 59 awardees during the virtual awards ceremony on November 10.

The GradShow would not be possible without the time and financial support of many generous sponsors and judges. Top qualifiers in the GradShow are invited to participate in the 3 Minute Challenge, where top presenters become vice president for research fellows and have access to travel scholarships, mentoring, and professional development.

Drivers of Innovation: The CSU Ventures Awards

  • Iman Naseri – Mechanical Engineering

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering – Excellence in Research Awards

  • Abdo Elsayed Soliman – Mechanical Engineering
  • Austin Banks – Mechanical Engineering
  • Tracey Wick – Biomedical Engineering

Distinguished Researchers and Honors

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.

V. Chandrasekar, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, .April 9, 2010
V. “Chandra” Chandrasekar, 2016, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Carmen Menoni
Carmen Menoni, 2016, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sonia Kreidenweiss
Sonia Kreidenweis, 2014, Atmospheric Science
Dave Randall, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, April 20, 2018
David Randall, 2012, Atmospheric Science
Jorge Rocca, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jorge G. Rocca, 2007, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graeme Stephens, Atmospheric Science, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Graeme L. Stephens, 2005, Atmospheric Science (emeritus)
Thomas H. Vonder Haar, 1994, Atmospheric Science (emeritus)
Thomas H. Vonder Haar, 1994, Atmospheric Science (emeritus)
Jack E. Cermak, 1986, Civil Engineering
Jack E. Cermak, 1986, Civil Engineering (deceased)

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, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Branislav Notaros, 2016, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Darrell Fontane, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Darrell Fontane, 2013, Civil and Environmental Engineering (emeritus)

National Academies

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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

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Current faculty who are National Academy of Sciences members:

  • A.R. Ravishankara, Atmospheric Science and Chemistry
Seal for fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

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

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.