Keynote Speakers

Professor Chris Thornton, PE, PhD, M.ASCE


Chris is the Director of the Engineering Center and Hydraulics Laboratory at Colorado State University. He received his PhD in Hydraulics at Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado. He has over 25 years of experience in conducting hydraulic model studies and has specialized in high energy, supercritical flow conditions and performing prototype performance tests on erosion control techniques. Additionally, Dr. Thornton has been instrumental in developing test facilities and protocols to evaluate levee armoring under prototype conditions. His teams at the Hydraulics Laboratory has recently developed a wave overtopping simulator and are currently investigating the stability of dam and levee protective layers from the combined effects of wave and steady state overtopping. Dr. Thornton teaches the Senior Design series for the graduating Civil and Environmental Engineering students and has authored and co-authored numerous papers and reports in the area of open channel hydraulics.

Professor Miguel À. Toledo, PhD


Prof. Toledo has been teaching Dam Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid for more than 20 years, since 1991; has been involved in plenty of designs and studies of dams; and is the coordinator of the Dam Safety Research group (SERPA). So, he is a rare mix of teacher, practitioner and researcher. He has devoted, and still does, much of his research activity to rockfill dam failure due to overtopping and how to avoid it.

Dr. Rafael Moràn, PhD


Rafael Moràn, Ph.D. works as Assistant Professor of Hydraulic Engineering in the Technical University of Madrid (TUM) since 2009. His main teaching activities are courses of Dam Engineering and Hydraulic Infrastructures. Before taking his first academic job on the Department of Civil Engineering: Hydraulics, Energy and Environment at TUM, he worked as civil engineer for different consultant companies during 10 years performing technical studies, construction projects, and technical project management in hydraulic engineering, many of them related to dam construction. His doctoral thesis deals with protections of rockfill dams against extreme through-flows using rockfill downstream toes. His current research lines are focused on dam safety, dam protections and analysis of monitoring data. He has been involved in several National Research Projects in Spain, all of them related to dam safety and unconventional spillways. From 2007 to 2009, he has been the former Director of the branch office of the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) in Madrid and, currently, he is the Director of CIMNE-UPM Classroom, dedicated to the application of advanced numerical models in hydraulic engineering.

Program Agenda

Preliminary Seminar Agenda