Subhas Karan Venayagamoorthy, PhD.

Professor and Borland Professor of Fluid Mechanics

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fields of Expertise

Data, GIS, and Modeling, Hydraulics, Limnology, Water Quality and Treatment

Areas of Interest

Environmental and Computational Fluid Mechanics, Wind Engineering and Energy for Sustainability, Stratified Turbulence, Physical Oceanography & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence Modeling


Dr. Karan Venayagamoorthy is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He was also appointed the Borland Professor of Fluid Mechanics 2017. Karan’s primary research expertise is in the field of environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulics with an emphasis on applying numerical simulations to study fundamental fluid flow processes. Some of these are mixing and transport in rivers, estuaries, lakes, coastal and open ocean and air pollution. 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 and improving efficiency of small drinking water systems. Karan’s work in environmental fluid mechanics and water engineering has been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Hydraulic Research and Physics of Fluids. After gaining his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, in 2006, Karan spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Stanford University.