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Kasprzyk, Joseph R.

GK Goh Endowed Faculty Fellow


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research overview

  • Prof. Joseph Kasprzyk is associate professor and associate chair for graduate education in the Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering department at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research group has contributed decision making methodologies for diverse engineering problems including reservoir management for water resources systems, water treatment plant operations, and the design of sustainable materials. These methodologies combine multi-objective optimization using evolutionary algorithms with interactive visualization and machine learning classification approaches to derive insights for the decision problems. The work is disseminated to groups of stakeholders via interactive workshops and close collaboration with stakeholders. As part of CU’s Center for Advanced Decision Support for Environmental Systems (CADSWES), the group has led a multi-year effort to develop decision making methodologies to support the Post 2026 negotiation of operation of the Colorado River Basin. An interactive app that visualizes performance of alternative management paradigms for the Basin will support this effort, developed based on research from the Kasprzyk group, Prof. Edie Zagona, and CADSWES. Additional research projects include calibration and model diagnostics for hydrologic modeling applications and methods for incorporating water usage into electricity grid operations. Kasprzyk earned the BS, MS, and PhD from Penn State University. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Alumni Award from the Penn State Schreyer Honors College and the Early Career Research Excellence Award from the International Environmental Modelling Society.


  • many objective optimization, model diagnostics, deep uncertainty, environmental change, water resources planning and management


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courses taught

  • CVEN 4333 - Engineering Hydrology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2023
    Studies engineering applications of principles of hydrology, including hydrologic cycle, rainfall and runoff, groundwater, storm frequency and duration studies, stream hydrography, flood frequency, and flood routing.
  • CVEN 5393 - Water Resources System and Management
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Introduces water resources planning and management as an integrated systems problem that satisfies multiple competing obejctives under constraints and uncertainty. Includes problem formulation and solution using decision support systems, optimization with and without uncertainty, stochastic simulation, and multiobjective optimization. Introduces water resources economics and planning under uncertainties such as climate change and increasing urbanization.
  • CVEN 5423 - Water Resources Engineering Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2022
    Studies principles and techniques of water resources engineering design. Introduces environmental modeling under uncertainty, stormwater design, precipitation estimation and flow routing. Surveys hydropower, reservoir management and water resources economics. Same as CVEN 4323.
  • EVEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022


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