Robert N. Meroney
Emeritus Professor

Professional Engineer

Department of Civil Engineering
Colorado State University
Fort Collins CO 80523-1372
Phone (970) 482-9252/ 8463
Fax     (970) 491-7727

B.S., University of Tennessee
M.S. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

MERONEY, Robert N., Professor, Fluid Mechanics and Wind Engineering (FMWE) Program, Civil Engineering Department (1965-2004); Emeritus (2004-present); Director, Fluid Dynamics and Diffusion Laboratory (1985-2000); Division Leader Hydraulics and Wind Engineering (1999-2000); FMWE Program Leader (1985-1987); FMWE Coordinator (1991-2000); Director, CSU/TTU Cooperative Wind Engineering Program (1989-2001). Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University, Lubbock (1989-2000).Chairman, Engineering Science Major, (1978-1979), Colorado State University.  Dr. Meroney holds a M.S. (1963) and Ph.D. (1965) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  

Dr. Meroney has had over forty years of experience in teaching and research on basic and applied problems of fluid mechanics.  He has conducted research in atmospheric transport, toxic and flammable gas spills, fossil and nuclear power plant siting, wind power, urban air pollution environments, drying in porous media, and wind engineering.

Dr. Meroney is the author of more than 320 papers and reports and has been principal and co-principal investigator of projects exceeding 6.0 million dollars in value in the past twenty-five years.  He also has served as consultant to major engineering firms and government agencies on atmospheric dynamics and simulation. He has been invited to serve on a variety of workshop panels, chair and review professional meetings, present topical and review papers, and co-author a text on engineering meteorology.  In the spring of 1997, Dr. Meroney was an invited lecturer at a NATO Advanced Study Institute on Buoyant Convection in Geophysical Flows at Pforzheim, Germany; fall 1998 he was an invited lecturer at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Anaheim, CA; summer 1999 he was an invited lecturer at the International Wind Engineering Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark; fall 2001 he was an invited lecturer at the Inaugural Meeting of the Wind Engineering Research Center of the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics; fall 2002 he was an invited lecturer at the Second International Symposium on Wind and Structures, Busan, Korea and at the HVAC Virtual/CVEC Virtuel Workshop in Montreal, Canada; and fall 2003 he was the keynote speaker for the Int. Workshop on Physical Modeling of Flow and Dispersion Phenomena, Prato, Italy.  During 2004 he has been invited lecture at the inaugural meeting of the 21st COE Program: Wind Effects on Buildings and Urban Environment, Tokyo; the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Penetrative Flows, Kiev, Ukraine, and a Croucher Advanced Study Institute on Wind Tunnel Modeling, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China.

Dr. Meroney was CSU Director of the Colorado State/Texas Tech University Cooperative Program in Wind Engineering (1989-2001).This multi-million dollar project sponsored by the National Science Foundation and supported by industry focused on problems associated with extreme wind effects on man-made structures.  The project coordinated research by four CSU faculty, four TTU faculty, and some twenty undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Meroney was the recipient of a Clean Air Act Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency during 1972-73 at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.  During 1977 Dr. Meroney received a Fulbright Hays Grant to do research in New Zealand, and he was appointed an Erskine Lecturer at theUniversity of Canterbury, Christchurch.  He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Award from the West German government to spend a year at the Institut fur Hydrologie und Wasserwirtschaft, University of Karlsruhe, West Germany during 1980?1981, and this award was extended to spend six months at the Meteorology Institute, University of Hamburg during 1994.  During this same period he was a Guest Lecturer at the University of Hamburg.He received a DAAD German Language Scholarship for Summer 1980.He was awarded the 1984 Abell Research Award for Excellence in Professionalism, Education, Research, and Service to students by the Colorado State University College of Engineering.  In 1987 Dr. Meroney was awarded a Mobil Oil Foundation Research Award to further his activities in hazardous gas release analysis.  In 1988 Dr. Meroney received the Dean's Council Award for Engineering Science for his service to the Engineering Science program as advisor and chairman.In 1990, Dr. Meroney received the Dean's Council Award for Civil Engineering for his service to the department in laboratory development, education and research.In past years four of Dr. Meroney's students have won regional awards in student paper contests and the student chapter received an AIAA Bendix award in 1971.  He and his wife, Joan, were appointed Danforth Associates in 1969 for recognition of good teaching and attempts to personalize the educational process.In 2001 his graduate student, Dr. David Banks, was awarded the Richard Scanlan Award for best Ph.D. dissertation in Wind Engineering written in the last 5 years.

He is a reviewer for a variety of national professional journals.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Member of the American Meteorological Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Air Pollution and Waste Management Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Wind Engineering, the American Wind Energy Association,the World Future Society, and Sigma Xi.  Membership in Honorary Societies include Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi TauSigma, Chi Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi.  He is past Director of the Rocky Mountain Region for Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society.