Jose D. Salas is Professor 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, Perú in 1965, M.S. degree in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics) in 1967, and Ph.D. degree (Hydrology and Water Resources) in 1972, the last two degrees from CSU. Prior to joining Colorado State University, Salas worked for the National Hydraulics Laboratory of Perú, the University of Pittsburgh, the Interamerican Center for Water and Land Development, Venezuela, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Perú. At Colorado State University, Salas has 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 worldwide 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, Lima, Peru; the Conservation Service Award, from the U.S. Department of the Interior; and the 2010 Ven Te Chow Award, from ASCE/EWRI. He is corresponding member of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico and the Academy of Engineering of 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, 484 p., wrote Chapter 19, McGraw Hill Handbook of Hydrology, 1993, and authored and co-authored several other chapters in books & handbooks.
Other Research Interests
Flood prediction; drought analysis; stochastic modeling and simulation of hydrological processes; prediction of short term rainfall; water supply forecasting, modeling of watershed processes, spatial analysis of hydrologic processes, uncertainty analysis of reservoir sedimentation, and quantification of risk and uncertainty of extreme hydrologic events
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