Internationally Renowned College of Engineering Professor Recognized for Distinguished Service to Colorado State

Neil Grigg, a long-time professor of the College of Engineering at Colorado State University, will be honored for his significant contributions to the university at the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner April 29. The event is sponsored by Colorado State’s Alumni Association.

Grigg, the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award, began his career with Colorado State in 1972 as an associate professor until 1974, when he took a position at the University of North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute. He re-joined the university as a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1982 and has served as director of the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute, director of the Water Center and as the department head of Civil Engineering. Grigg has been instrumental in the success of the renowned College of Engineering.

"Dr. Grigg has been a loyal, dedicated member of the College of Engineering and Colorado State community," said Steven Abt, dean of the College of Engineering. "He has established a superb record as a teacher, adviser and mentor in the department."

Grigg is nationally and internationally known for his expertise in water resource planning and management, public works infrastructure management, water law, urban water systems and disaster preparedness. He has served as the director of the university’s office of International Education and director of the International School for Water Resources at Colorado State.

Grigg has been widely honored for his expertise and achievements by professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association, the University Council on Water Resources and the United Nations.

"Neil’s contributions to students through education, research and service are exemplary," said Sandra Woods, head of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Grigg has received numerous awards and recognitions including his recent selection by Public Works Magazine as a 2004 Trendsetter, the Warren Hall Medal from the University Council on Water Resources, the Donald Stone Award from the American Public Works Association and the Service to Profession Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

His work in a multitude of engineering fields has earned Grigg international attention as well. He has led professional delegations concerning a variety of water related issues to countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam and South Africa. Grigg has served as a consultant for several United Nations agencies. His network of previous graduate advisees extends to more than 30 nations around the world.

Grigg received his doctorate in Hydraulic Engineering from Colorado State University in 1969.