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:

  • “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)


  • Groundwater flow and transport modeling
  • Chaotic advection
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Adjoint theory and applications

Recent Publications:

  1. Zhang, Y. H.G. Sun, R.M. Neupauer, P. Straka, J.F. Kelly, and B. Lu, Identification of pollutant source for super-diffusion in aquifers and rivers with bounded domains, Water Resources Research, 2018.
  2. Zhang, Y., H. Sun, B. Lu, R. Garrard, and R.M. Neupauer, Identifying source location and release time for pollutants undergoing super-diffusion and decay, Advances in Water Resources, 107, 517-524, 2017.  
  3. Zhang, Y., C.T. Green, E.M. LaBolle, R.M. Neupauer, and H.G. Sun, Bounded fractional diffusion in geological media: Definition and Lagrangian approximation, Water Resources Research, 52, doi:10.1002/2016WR019178, 2016.
  4. Okkonen, J. and R.M. Neupauer, Capture zone delineation methodology based on the maximum concentration - Preventative groundwater well protection areas for heat exchange fluid mixtures, Water Resources Research, 52, doi:10.1002/2016WR018715, 2016.
  5. Piscopo, A.N., R.M. Neupauer, and J.R. Kasprzyk, Optimal design of in situ chemical oxidation for sorbing contaminants in groundwater, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 190, 29-43, 2016.
  6. Zhang, Y., M.M. Meerschaert, and R.M. Neupauer, Backward fractional advection dispersion model for contaminant source prediction, Water Resources Research, 52, 2462–2473, doi:10.1002/2015WR018515, 2016.
  7. McKnight, D.M., K. Cozzetto, J.D.S. Cullis, M.N. Gooseff, C. Jaros, J.C. Koch, W.B. Lyons, R. Neupauer, and A.Wolowski, Potential for real-time understanding of coupled hydrologic and biogeochemical processes in stream ecosystems: Future integration of telemetered data with process models for glacial meltwater streams, Water Resources Research, 51,(8), 6275-6738, DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017618, 2015.
  8. Wagner, D.E., R.M. Neupauer, and C. Cichowitz, Adjoint-based probabilistic source characterization in water distribution systems with transient flows and imperfect sensors, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000508, 2015.
  9. Neupauer, R.M. and D.C. Mays, Engineered injection and extraction for in situ remediation of sorbing solutes in groundwater, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 141(6), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000923, 2015.
  10. Piscopo, A.N., J. Kasprzyk, and R.M. Neupauer, An iterative approach to many objective engineering design: Optimization of engineered injection and extraction for enhanced groundwater remediation, Environmental Modelling & Software, 69, 253-261, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.08.030, 2015.