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Reseach Centers

Research is an integral part of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Currently there are several different research programs available.

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems​

Telephone: 303-556-2871

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) is an interdisciplinary research center between the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Public Affairs bringing together engineers with professionals from public policy, public affairs, public health and business development for the rapid diffusion, review and redesign of resilient and sustainable infrastructure systems in society. There are four unique aspects of CSIS sustainable infrastructures research:

  • Systems Approach—integrating research across various infrastructures and/or sectors, with efficiency benchmarks in each sector to aid in scenario modeling and quantitative goal setting.
  • Multi-objective—taking into consideration infrastructure performance and its impact on people, prosperity and the planet
  • Outcomes and metrics driven
  • Considers people and processes—understanding the policy process and engaging with communities and institutions
In addition to conducting research, CSIS provides educational programs (curriculum, professional development, and outreach); conducts outreach for development of sustainable infrastructure projects and activities; and develops and disseminates a body of knowledge related to CSIS.

Center for Geotechnical Engineering Science

Director: Nien-Yin Chang, PhD 
Associate Director: Brian Brady, PhD
Telephone: 303-556-2362

The Center for Geotechnical Engineering Science advances the understanding of the safety, reliability, performance and environmental impact of engineered geostructures. Resolution of geostructural and environmental remediation problems is addressed through research sponsored by public funding agencies and private industry. The center includes research on geostructural stability, rock engineering, geoenvironmental engineering and expansive soils.

Studies in the center’s Expansive Soil Research Laboratory cover national and international problems, as expansive soils underlie more than one-third of the earth’s land surface. In the U.S., these materials are prevalent in the Southern, Western and Rocky Mountain States. As development takes place in these areas, structures may experience the damaging effects of expansive soil resulting in the loss of millions of dollars annually. The Expansive Soil Research Laboratory develops the technology needed to mitigate damage from expansive soils by identifying and conducting research to better understand the mechanisms and processes that characterize expansive soil; by promoting education and training for engineering students, the construction industry, and the public; and by assisting industry and government with realistic guidelines on the design, construction and operation of facilities built on expansive soils.​

Transportation Research Center

Director: Wesley Marshall, PhD​ | 303-352-3741

The Transportation Research Center (TRC) involves both students and faculty on the Downtown Campus in a range of education and research activities. The TRC works on projects in collaboration with other departments and colleges such as business, urban planning and public affairs. TRC projects address local, state, national and international concerns with funding from federal, state, local or private sources.

Some focuses of the Transportation Research Center are transportation modeling; traffic monitoring technologies and data analysis techniques; transportation planning and travel demand forecasting for both person and freight movements; traffic engineering and control; facility design and management; sustainable transportation systems, safety studies, use of geographic information systems in transportation; environmental impact assessment; and transportation investment decision analysis including cost-benefit and life cycle analyses. Several studies on advanced system development involve partnerships with Colorado’s high-tech industry.​