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Jose D. Salas, PhD.


Emeritus Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (561) 405-6545   Office: Boca Raton, Florida 33433

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Fields of Expertise

1.) Hydrology
2.) Models, Statistics, and Data

Areas of Interest

 Drought analysisFlood predictionLong range forecasting of water resourcesRisk under non-stationarity conditionsStochastic modeling and simulation of hydrological processes


Jose D. Salas is Professor Emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). He received B.S. and Civil Engineering degrees from the National University of Engineering of Lima, Peru, M.S. degree in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics), and Ph.D. degree (Hydrology and Water Resources), the last two degrees from CSU. Prior to joining Colorado State University in 1976, Salas worked for the National Hydraulics Laboratory of Peru, the University of Pittsburgh, the Interamerican Center for Water and Land Development, Venezuela, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Peru. At CSU, Salas supervised (main advisor) 42 MS and 37 Ph.D. students. In addition, Salas has been consultant of national and international organizations and worked in several countries sponsored by UNESCO, FAO, AID, IICA, NATO, and the World Bank. Salas has been Associate Editor of the Journal of the Hydraulics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering of ASCE, Revista del Agua of Spain, Ingenieria Hidraulica of Mexico, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology. He was awarded the 1996 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award from ASCE; the 1998 Abell Engineering Faculty Research Award from CSU College of Engineering; the 2003 CSU/AGU Hydrology Days Award; the 2005 Antorcha de Habich Award from the National University of Engineering, Peru; the Conservation Service Award, from the U.S. Department of Interior in 2009; the 2010 Ven Te Chow Award, from ASCE/EWRI, the Norman Medal from ASCE in 2015, and the 2016 STAHY Best Paper Award from IAHS. He is member of the Academies of Engineering of Mexico and Peru. He has written over 250 scientific and technical papers and reports, he is the main author of the book, "Applied Modeling of Hydrologic Time Series", Water Resources Publications, Colorado, wrote Chapter 19, McGraw Hill Handbook of Hydrology, 1993, and authored and co-authored several other chapters in books & handbooks.