Navigate Home


Subhas K. Venayagamoorthy, PhD.


Associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-1915   Office: A205D - Engineering Building

Email:   Lab: (970) 491-1915


Fields of Expertise

1.) Hydraulics
2.) Models, GIS, and Data

Areas of Interest

 Coastal and ocean engineeringComputational fluid dynamicsEnvironmental fluid mechanicsGeophysical fluid dynamicsWind engineering


Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy is an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his BScEng (summa cum laude) and MScEng (cum laude) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He then spent an additional year as postdoctoral research fellow at Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at Stanford University before joining CSU in January 2008. Karan's primary research expertise is in the field of environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulics with an emphasis on applying numerical simulations of fluid flows to study fundamental problems in civil and environmental engineering. These fundamental problems such as pollution, floods, mixing etc., involve rivers, estuaries, lakes, coastal and open oceans and the atmosphere. It is crucial to address these problems so that we can ensure sustainability of our environmental resources. Examples of his recent research projects include modeling the effect of aquaculture wastes on coastal water quality, nonlinear internal waves in the coastal ocean, mixing and dispersion in stratified turbulent flows. Karan's work in environmental fluid mechanics has been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physics of Fluids Journal. Karan has received numerous honors and awards such as the Lorenz G. Straub award for the most meritorious doctoral dissertation in hydraulic engineering from the St. Anthony Falls Lab in 2009, the merit medal from the Engineering Council of South Africa for the most outstanding performance in engineering at the University of Natal in 2000, the S2A3 medal for the most outstanding MS thesis from the South African Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002 and Offshore Mechanics Scholarship from International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE) for outstanding performance at Stanford University in 2006, to mention a few.