Professor Fred Ogden holds the Cline Distinguished Chair of Engineering, Environment, and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. He has a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. He also serves as the Director of the University of Wyoming Center for Computational Hydrology and Hydrosciences. Dr. Ogden is a Senior Research Associate with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama.
Prior to joining the University of Wyoming in 2006, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He earned B.S. (1987), M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, and was a post-doctoral associate and research engineer at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, University of Iowa (1992-1994). He has served as a visiting research engineer at the US Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Mississippi (2001), and visiting scholar in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2002). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wyoming and Colorado, and a licensed Professional Hydrologist by the American Institute of Hydrology.
Prof. Ogden performs research in hydrological model development and leads field studies aimed at improving predictive understanding of land-use change effects on hydrologic response. He has been particularly active in studying tropical hydrological processes, urban hydrology, testing hydrological applications of weather radar, and in developing innovative numerical solutions for simulating vadose zone processes. Together with his graduate students, he developed the Gridded Surface/Subsurface Hydrologic Analysis (GSSHA) model, which is widely used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Prof. Ogden has an extensive record of service with ASCE/EWRI, including: J. Irrig. and Drainage Engineering Associate Editor (1995-2000), J. Hydrologic Engineering Associate Editor (2002-2006), EWRI Surface Water Hydrology Technical Committee Chair (2010-2012). He is the recipient of the J. of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Outstanding Journal Paper Award (1992 with Jim Ruff), Best Reviewer Award from J. Irrig. and Drainage Engineering (1999), and the ASCE Collingwood Prize (1999). He is a recipient of a U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (1996), and the C.R. Klewin Inc. Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Univ. of Connecticut (2000).
Prof. Ogden is a member of ASCE, AGU, Order of the Engineer, and Sigma Xi. He served on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) from 2002-2009, and presently serves as a University of Wyoming Representative to CUAHSI. He has performed a number of international consultancies and reviews for national and international agencies, including the US Geological Survey, NOAA/National Weather Service, National Academy of Science Advisory Committee on Water Information, US Department of Justice, UK Natural Environment Research Council, Planning Institute of Jamaica, and World Bank.
Ph.D., P.E., P.H., F.EWRI
EWRI Fellow Since 2013