Outdoor portrait of associate professor Steve Conrad


Email: steve.conrad@colostate.edu

Phone: 970-491-7869

Steven Conrad

Associate Professor of Systems Engineering

Dr. Steve Conrad has conducted research and consulted with the water and energy industry for over 25 years on the feedbacks between human-environmental systems through the coupling of social and engineering sciences to inform decision making and visualization, the quantification and modelling of system function, system optimization and resilience, and policy and planning as applied to energy, water and food systems, sustainable community design, and climate change adaptation.

Prior to joining the systems engineering department, he led the Future Waters Research Excellence Cluster at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Before that he was the Associate Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre and chair of the REM Water Research Group at Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Conrad is active in industry having served on the Board of Directors for the American Water Works Association and the British Columbia Water and Waste Association, and chairing multiple industry committees on energy management, climate change, and risk and resilience.


Ph.D. 2016, Simon Fraser University – Resource and Environmental Management

M.S. 2005, Arizona State University – Environmental Technology Management

B.S. 1998, University of Arizona – Psychology, Math/Physics

B.S. 1998, University of Arizona – Optical Engineering


Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Water, energy, and resource systems
  • Human dimensions/behavioral modeling
  • Coupled systems modeling
  • Decision analysis/support systems
  • Decision visualization
  • Water-energy-food nexus
  • Sustainable community design
  • System dynamics modeling
  • Machine learning and system optimization
  • Climate change adaptation

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 (AWWA) – George Warren Fuller Award 
  • Stanley S. Copp Service Award
  • 5S Merit Award
  • Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Fellow