Civil and Environmental Engineering names new head

The new head of the Colorado School of Mines Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering plans to work with faculty raise the department’s profile nationally and around the world.

Terri HogueProfessor Terri Hogue was named department head in January. Hogue joined Mines in July 2012, and previously taught at UCLA. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in hydrology and water resource engineering from the University of Arizona.

“[Increasing visibility] includes enhancing our degrees programs and course offerings and the overall student experience in CEE,” Hogue said. “We also hope to increase CEE’s role in interdisciplinary initiatives that are being developed across campus, including increasing research opportunities in our department.”

The transition from faculty member to department head has proven to be both challenging and exciting for Hogue. 

“I have a lot to learn,” Hogue said. “My days are busy, but prioritizing and efficiency are key to getting the multiple tasks done.”

To accommodate her new schedule, Hogue is planning a lighter teaching load. This fall, she will teach the undergraduate hydrology and water resources lab. In the spring, she will teach a graduate seminar on snow hydrology.  

Hogue will continue to lead two active research programs. Her research group’s most recent project involved evaluating the impacts of the West Fork Fire Complex on water quality and trout populations in the headwaters of the Rio Grande in southern Colorado. She also has several projects focused on urban areas, including evaluating stormwater runoff in the Denver area, developing decision support tools to help cities improve their stormwater management plans and building remote sensing tools to better look at spatial patterns of water use and development in western cities.

Hogue leads the Center for a Sustainable WE2ST, which is focused on the joint sustainability of water resources and energy production, and has previously served as director of Mines’ interdisciplinary Hydrologic Science and Engineering program.

In addition to Hogue’s busy schedule, she is an avid hiker, biker and skier, both downhill and cross-country. Her two dogs, Rio and Sam, accompany her on these outdoor adventures. 

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