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Robert Ettema


Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-8099   Office: Engineering Research Center 205

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Environmental Engineering
2.) Hydraulics

Areas of Interest

 Cold-regions issuesHydraulic EngineeringHydrualic Structures


Dr. Ettema is the Harold Short Endowed Chair at Colorado State University. Dr. Ettema received his undergraduate and graduate education at Auckland University, New Zealand. He has held faculty and administrative positions at The University of Iowa and the University of Wyoming prior to joining Colorado State University. His main research and expertise interests involve a range of aspects regarding water engineering, including: hydraulic structures, river mechanics, and cold-regions considerations. He has served as Editor of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Associate Editor of ASCE's Cold Regions Engineering Journal, and has consulted and written extensively on numerous hydraulics and cold-regions problems. Additionally he is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and ASCE. Dr. Ettema recently was awarded the Hans Albert Einstein Award for his international recognition in advancing insight and engineering methods regarding sediment transport processes at bridge waterways and other hydraulic structures, sediment transport under ice cover and river morphology, and for promoting river mechanics education and history.