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Steven R. Abt, PhD.


Emeritus Professor, Major General Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-8203   Office: A 223, Engineering Research Center, Foothills Campus,

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Areas of Interest

 Dam and levee safetyDebris effects on hydraulic structuresFlow measurementRiprap designTailings management


Dr. Steven R. Abt is an Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University. He earned a BCE, an MS in Water Resources and a Ph.D. in Hydraulics from Colorado State University. Dr. Abt is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineering. Dr. Abt has over 40 years of general engineering experience. After graduation, he served on active duty in the U.S. Army - Engineer Regiment. He then worked as a consulting water resource engineer in Denver, Colorado performing drainage, flood plain delineation, water rights analysis and flood studies. In 1977, Dr. Abt joined the Civil Engineering faculty at Colorado State University as an Instructor serving in a teaching and administrative capacity. Dr. Abt has research and field experience with interests in river mechanics, debris effects on hydraulic structures, dam and levee safety, physical hydraulic modeling, flow measurement, sediment transport in gravel and cobble bed rivers, riprap design, stream restoration, stream bank protection, and tailings management. He has published over 475 journal articles, proceedings and reports; and has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects worth over $16 million In addition to his education and research duties, Dr. Abt spent 14 years as a contract Research Station Facility Engineer for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service providing facility oriented services supporting planning, assessment, programming and construction activities throughout a 10 state region. Further, he served 11 years as a consultant to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency as a hydrologic and surface water hydraulic subject matter expert in support of uranium mining, milling, reclamation and management of tailings field sites. During 2006-2007, Dr. Abt served as the Director of Operations and Deputy Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, responsible for the project selection, approval, allocation and/or accountability of nearly $7B in new construction/reconstruction throughout Iraq. Major General (Ret) Abt served in the U.S. Army/Army Reserve from 1973 to 2011. Major General Abt is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with OLC, Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with OLC. Major General Abt retired in June 2011. Dr. Abt has been active as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee, Hydraulics Division, ASCE and President of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, ASCE, as well as a member of several Boards of Direction level committees. Dr. Abt currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Water Resources Engineering. He has also been active in the International Erosion Control Association, American Water Resources Association (past Journal Associate Editor) and the Transportation Research Board (Hydraulics, Hydrology and Water Quality Committee).