Roseanna Neupauer
Professor • President's Teaching Scholar • Professional Engineer (PE)
Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics • Engineering Science • Geoenvironmental Engineering

Office: SEEC C245


  • B.A. Spanish, University of Colorado, 2018
  • Ph.D. in Hydrology, New Mexico Tech, 2000
  • M.S. in Applied Math, New Mexico Tech, 1999
  • S.M. in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1989

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2023
  • Margaret S. Petersen Award, Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 2022
  • Fellow, Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • “Best Should Teach” Faculty Gold Award, 2016
  • ​President’s Teaching Scholar, University of Colorado, 2015
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2015
  • Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
  • John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, 2010
  • Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Teaching Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, 2009
  • Charles A. Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, 2008
  • ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Geological Society of America
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • National Ground Water Association (NGWA)


  • Arctic subsurface hydrology
  • Geothermal energy and groundwater quality
  • Groundwater flow and transport modeling
  • Chaotic advection
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Adjoint theory and
  • applications

Recent Publications:

1. Neupauer, R.M., C. Turnadge, and J. Okkonen, Forward and adjoint modeling of sensitivities to periodic sources in groundwater flow and transport, Mathematical Geosciences, doi:10.1007/s11004-023-10074-w, 2023. 
2.  Sather, L.J., E.J. Roth, R.M. Neupauer, J.P. Crimaldi, and D.C. Mays, Experiments and simulations of plume spreading in porous media, Water Resources Research, 59, e2022WR032943, DOI:10.1029/2022WR032943, 2023. 
3. Zhang, Y., M.L. Brusseau, B. Baeumer, R.M. Neupauer, W. Wei, A general backward model to identify source for contaminants undergoing non-Fickian diffusion in water, Environmental Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c01873, 2022. 
4. Sather, L.J., R.M. Neupauer, D.C. Mays, J.P. Crimaldi, and E.J. Roth, Active spreading: Hydraulics for enhancing groundwater remediation, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0002167, 2022. 
5. Hwang, H-T., R.M. Neupauer, S.-W. Jeen, D.T. Steinmoeller, E.A. Sudicky, S.-S. Lee, K.-K. Lee, Evaluating backward probability model for source zone identification problems under various hydrologic conditions, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2021.103909, 2022. 
6. Neupauer, R.M., E.J. Roth, J.P. Crimaldi, D.C. Mays, and L.J. Sather, Demonstration of reversible dispersion in a Darcy-scale push-pull laboratory experiment, Transport in Porous Media, DOI : 10.1007/s11242-021-01682-3, 2021. 
7. Roth, E.J. , D.C. Mays, R.M. Neupauer, L.J. Sather, and J.P. Crimaldi, Methods for Laser-Induced Fluorescence Imaging of Solute Plumes in Quasi-Two-Dimensional, Refractive Index-Matched Porous Media, Transport in Porous Media,, 2021. 
8. Neupauer, R.M., G.D. Lackey, and J. Pitlick, Exaggerated stream depletion in streams with spatio-temporally varying streambed conductance, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 26(2), 04020066, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0002043, 2021.  Featured as Editor’s Choice for Journal of Hydrologic Engineering for February 2021. 
9. Okkonen, J., R. Neupauer, E. Kozlovskaya, N. Afonin, K. Moisio, K. Taewook, and E. Muurinen, Frost quakes: crack formation by thermal stress, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 125, e2020JF00516, doi:10.1029/2020JF005616, 2020. 
10. Neupauer, R.M., L.J. Sather, D.C. Mays, J.P. Crimaldi, and E.J. Roth.  Contributions of pore-scale mixing and mechanical dispersion to reaction in radial groundwater flow, Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026276,, 2020.