Fred L. Ogden, Ph.D., P.E., HG, F.EWRI, M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award for his contributions to surface water hydrology through theoretical development, models, and innovative applications.
Roy and Caryl Cline Endowed Chair of Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming, Ogden has made a serious impact in the field of hydrology. Among his prominent contributions is his work with the CASC2D model, which simulates 2-dimensional surface flow and sediment transport over small watersheds. Over a period of several years, he has developed new modules and enhancements for this model, and tested the model using data from several watersheds. As such, it is now one of the more widely used and well-documented models.
Ogden, who received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Colorado State University, is an active member within the Society. Presently, he is a member of the Ven Te Chow Award Task Committee, the Surface Water Hydrology Technical Committee, and ASCE/Environmental and Water Resources Institute Watershed Council.
As a researcher, Ogden lists his interests in runoff generation in tropics, arid, and semiarid regions, hydrologic Modeling and engineering, watershed scale erosion/deposition modeling, hydrological applications of GIS and remote sensing of rainfall, computational hydraulics, and physical hydraulic modeling. Prominent at the national level, he is involved with CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.).
One of the authors of the technical report Designing Hydrologic Observatories: A Paper Prototype of the Neuse Watershed, which was then used a template for designing of future observatories, Ogden, through his long and distinguished career, has written hundreds of theses and dissertations; books, book chapters, and book reviews; conference proceedings and presentation articles; journal articles; technical papers; abstracts; and project reports.