Colorado State University

Current IDS Team Members

Luis A. Garcia - Director of IDS
Dr. Garcia is Director of IDS and Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Garcia's research interests are in the area of computer modeling of water and natural resources. At the present time Dr. Garcia is involved in the development of a number of Decision Support Systems in the area of consumptive use estimation, wetland analysis, habitat management, and conjunctive irrigation and drainage design.

David Patterson - Assistant Director
David holds Bachelors degrees in Math and Psychology and a Masters in Computer Science. His strengths are in object-oriented programming using Python, Java, and C++, and software acquisition.

Nathan Baker - B.S. Candidate

Ahmed El-Deiry, Ph.D. - Research Fellow

Ahmed is working towards his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. He graduated in 1980 from the Faculty of Engineering, Civil Dept., University of Cairo. He has worked for the Egyptian army's construction department, private construction companies, and Egypt's ministry of irrigation. In 1992, Ahmed received a diploma in irrigation and drainage followed by a Masters degree in Irrigation in 1995.

Ayman Elhaddad, Ph.D. - Research Fellow

Aymn is a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University. His masters was in GIS and Remote Sensing, and has worked on a variety of projects integrating GIS with satellite imagery for urban and agricultural areas. His goal for his Ph.D. is to explore approaches to developing spatial models that can detect and evaluate soil salinity levels in agricultural land from satellite imagery.

Roy Gallea - M.S. Candidate

Roy is currently working on his Masters in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Andres Jaramillo - Ph.D. Candidate

Andres is an Agricultural Engineer. He graduated in 1996 from the National University of Colombia and holds a Masters in Science in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University (2002). He has worked as a project manager and supervisor at his own firm in Colombia and a field engineer for various private companies. He has had experience working as a consultant in Guatemala, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic and has held teaching assistantships at Utah State and at CSU. His research interests include irrigation, GIS and remote sensing. Presently he is involved in intensive field-data collection for irrigation efficiency in the Arkansas River Valley. Andres is working towards his second Master's (Civil Engineering) at CSU while he works part-time at an Environmental Engineering firm in Longmont, Colorado.

Margaret Matter - Ph.D. Candidate

Margaret is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University, where she also earned a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering. She received a Bachelors degree in Biology and Secondary Education from North Dakota State University. Between 1986 and 1998, she worked as an engineer addressing water quality and quantity questions for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Corps of Engineers, and Western Area Power Administration. Her research integrates physical principles of hydrology and statistical techniques to characterize patterns and variability of unregulated and regulated streamflows, using data at time increments of monthly, daily, and hourly or less, and according to hydroclimatic conditions. The unique methods and integrated approach summarize characteristics about the distribution of flows over the entire period of record, as well as the fundamental response of the basin as streamflow to precipitation input (primarily snow) for different hydroclimatic conditions. Characterization results may be used in identifying direct and indirect streamflow requirements for native and endangered fish species, and defining parameters for dam operations to maintain or improve operational flexibility and capabilities.

Leslie Patterson - Technical Writer

Leslie holds a Bachelors degree in English and Humanities from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Micah Richey - B.S. Candidate