Neil  Grigg Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Neil Grigg

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University

Professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado State University. A graduate of the US Military Academy, Auburn University, and Colorado State University, he has been a university administrator, a consulting engineer and state environmental official. He has worked on a number of government policy and advisory panels. His research is concentrated on urban water infrastructure, especially distribution systems management.


Neil S. Grigg is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.  He received his Ph.D. in 1969 from Colorado State in Hydraulic Engineering, his M.S. in 1965 from Auburn University in Hydraulic and Structural Engineering, and his B.S. in 1961 from the US Military Academy.  He has held several administrative positions in universities, including Department Head, Director of two state water institutes, and Assistant Dean.  He currently teaches graduate courses at Colorado State University on Water Resources Management, Infrastructure and Utility Management, and Pipe System Engineering and Hydraulics.  

He has been a state official and regulator in his role as Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and Director of Environmental Management (1979-80), State of North Carolina.  He was responsible for managing the Clean Water Act programs in permitting, enforcement, and construction grants.  Had responsibility for river basin water quantity and quality, and groundwater management.  He also has experience in public works and utility engineering as co-founder and Principal of Sellards & Grigg Inc., Denver.  He was engaged in a number of municipal engineering projects involving water supply, stormwater, and public works.  

In professional involvement, he is a registered PE in three states.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Public Works Association and National Research Council Board for Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment.  He is a former president of the Fort Collins Water Board and a former two-term member Fort Collins Transportation Board.   He has also served on numerous professional association committees.  He is a Charter Member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering.

He has recently completed Water Research Foundation projects on: integration of cost of failure into risk assessment, dual water systems, secondary effects of corrosion control on distribution systems, integrity of water distribution systems, predicting main breaks, and surviving disasters in water utilities.   He was an expert advisor to the WaterRF on water supply infrastructure.    

He has a total of some 350 publications, including recent books on Water Finance, Urban Water Infrastructure and Infrastructure Engineering and Management, by John Wiley & Sons and Water and Sewer Infrastructure Management by CRC Press/Lewis Publishers.  

His recent university service includes chairing a University Water Response Group (2011-2012), member of the First General Scholarship Selection Board (2002-present) Office of International Programs, College Distance Education Committee, Department Committee on Undergraduate Instruction.  He has been a member, Faculty Council Committee on Governance (2005-2008), member and chair of search Committees, Co-Chair Faculty-Staff drive 2009-2010, on a number of Department, College and University Committees.


    B.S. 1961, US Military Academy; M.S. 1965, Auburn University; Ph.D. 1969, Colorado State University

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Water Resources management, infrastructure management, public finance

Personal Interests

    History, hiking and climbing, construction


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