Rita Klees, Mortenson Center, Scholar-in-Residence
Scholar-in-Residence • Associate Director, Outreach
Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering | Mortenson Center in Global Engineering & Resilience

Dr. Klees is currently a Scholar-in-Residence and Professor of Engineering Practice in the University of Colorado-Boulder Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE); the Associate Faculty Director for Outreach with the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering & Resilience; and a Faculty Associate in the CU Environmental Studies Program. She has also served as a Lecturer in the Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable and Sustainable Development Residential Academic Program, and a Senior Researcher in CEAE. Dr. Klees, a retiree of the World Bank, has over twenty five years of experience addressing global development challenges related to natural and water resource management, drinking water supply and sanitation (WASH), and environmental health. Within these sectors, she has designed and implemented development projects; directed international policy dialogue; conducted social, environment and impact analyses; and participated in strategic planning with local and national governments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral development agencies. Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Klees served as WASH Technical Advisor to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health Bureau, and Environment Advisor for the USAID Southeast Asia Mission based in Bangkok, Thailand, and CH2MHill Technical Director for the USAID Environmental Policy and Technology Project.


Thomas, E.; Salvinelli, C.; Harper, J.; MacDonald, L.; Klees, R.; Platais, G.; Javernick-Will, A.; Linden, K. A Body of Knowledge and Pedagogy for Global Engineering. IJSLE 2021, 16 (1), 37–57. https://doi.org/10.24908/ijsle.v16i1.14483.

MacDonald, L.; Thomas, E.; Javernick-Will, A.; Austin-Breneman, J.; Aranda, I.; Salvinelli, C.; Klees, R.; Walters, J.; Parmentier, M. J.; Schaad, D.; Shahi, A.; Bedell, E.; Platais, G.; Brown, J.; Gershenson, J.; Watkins, D.; Obonyo, E.; Oyanedel-Craver, V.; Olson, M.; Lau, R.; Rao, G.; Arzon, A.; Krishnaswamy, K.; Pickering, A. J.; Mabey, C.; Johnson, A.; Gehr, R.; Linden, K. Aligning Learning Objectives and Approaches in Global Engineering Graduate Programs: Review and Recommendations by an Interdisciplinary Working Group. Development Engineering 2022, 7, 100095. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.deveng.2022.100095.