Brian Crookston – Utah Water Research Laboratory


Brian Crookston – Utah Water Research Laboratory

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Brian M. Crookston, PhD, PE, M.ASCE, is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and the Utah Water Research Laboratory. His consulting and research interests are focused on water conveyance, including the design of hydraulic structures, nonlinear spillways, flow acoustics, energy dissipators, scour, fish passage, and physical and numerical modeling.

Brian joined Schnabel in 2011 after working for six years as a post-doctoral researcher and research assistant at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. A key subject matter expert and technical resource on hydraulic design, analyses, and modeling, he has worked on more than 100 dam projects from Alaska to Florida totaling more than $150 million in construction cost.

Internationally recognized for his expertise in labyrinth weirs, Brian developed the current state-of-practice hydraulic design method that is widely used by design engineers around the world. An example of the successful application of his research was the hydraulic design of Isabella Dam auxiliary spillway in Kern County, California, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Loveland, Colorado, native obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in hydraulics, and a doctorate in water engineering from Utah State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia and is an NCEES record holder.