Brian Crookston

Water Hydraulics

Assistant Professor


Brian Crookston

Contact Information

Office Location: ENGR 222, UWRL 232
Phone: 435-797-0247
Email: brian.crookston@usu.edu

Educational Background

PhD, Water Engineering, Utah State University, 2010
Labyrinth Weirs
BS, Civil and Env. Engineering, (Minor in Spanish), Utah State University, 2008
MS, Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics, Utah State University, 2008
A Laboratory Study of Streambed Stability in Bottomless Culverts

Licensures & Certifications

CITI Responsible Conduct of Research, CITI Program, 2019
CITI Responsible Conduct of Research - Physical Science, CITI Program, 2019
CITI Responsible Conduct of Research-Humanities, CITI Program, 2019
CITI Human Research Social and Behavioral Research , CITI Program, 2019
Professional Engineer - Alabama, State of Alabama, 2017
Professional Engineer - Delaware, State of Delaware, 2014
Professional Engineer - Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2014
Professional Engineer - Virginia, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2014

Biography

Brian’s research and consulting activities are focused on water sustainability and resiliency including: hydraulic structures, fluvial hydraulics, and modeling and technology. Brian has particular interest in spillways, chutes, energy dissipators, nonlinear weirs, physical and numerical modeling, machine learning algorithms, flow acoustics, scour and erosion, ecohydraulics, embankment failure, flooding, surface hydrology, and public safety and security at hydraulic structures.

Teaching Interests

Hydraulics, Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Fluvial Hydraulics, Sedimentation, Computational Fluid Dynamics

Research Interests

Water Infrastructure Sustainability, Fluvial Hydraulics, Modeling and Technology, Public Safety, Flooding

Awards

2020-2021 CEE Undergraduate Mentor of the Year, 2021

Utah State University - Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering

2020-2021 College of Engineering Undergraduate Mentor of the Year, 2021

Utah State University - College of Engineering

ASDSO Student Paper Competition Winner (Research Advisor), 2020

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

2019-2020 CEE Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2020

Utah State University - Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering

ASDSO Student Model Competition (Advisor), 2020

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Outstanding Reviewer, 2019

ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering

Inaugural ASDSO Young Professional of the Year, 2018

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Rising Stars Award in Civil Engineering, 2017

Civil + Structural Engineer

USSD/IAHR Award of Appreciation, 2016

United States Society on Dams & International Association of Hydro-environment Engineering and Research

Young Engineer of the Year, 2015

ASCE Engineers' Club of Philadelphia

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee, 2012

CGS/ProQuest

USSD Student National Scholarship, 2008

United States Society on Dams

ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Rocky Mountain Regional Champions, 2006

ASCE/AISC


Publications | Abstracts

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Books

    • Crookston, B.M, (2022). Proceedings of the 8th International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures: 8th IJREWHS. USU Digital Commons
    • Crookston, B., Tullis, B.P, (2016). Hydraulic Structures and Water System Management. 6th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures

      Publications | Book Chapters

    • Crookston, B.M, Van Wyke, D., Tullis, B.P, (2018). Chapter 5: Labyrinth Spillways: International Congress on Large Dams Bulletin 172. Technical Advancements in Spillway Design. Progress and Innovations from 1985 to 2015. . International Congress on Large Dams (ICOLD)
    • Tullis, B.P, Young, N., Crookston, B., (2017). Physical modeling size-scale effects for labyrinth weirs with half-round crests: Labyrinth and Piano Key Weirs III: Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Labyrinth and Piano Key Weirs (PKW 2017), February 22-24, 2017, Qui Nhon, Vietnam. CRC Press

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Technical Reports

    AES Reports

      Research Reports

      • Dutta, S., Crookston, B., Rasmussen, , Larsen, E., (2021). Predicting Flow through the Causeway of the Great Salt Lake using Hydrodynamic Simulations and Artificial Neural Networks. Utah DNR *

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Publications | Other

      Magazine/Trade Publications

      Other

      • Crookston, B.M, Bung, D.B, (2022). Application of RGB-D cameras in hydraulic laboratory studies. 39th AIRH World Congress, 2022
      • Langohr, P., Bung, D.B, Crookston, B.M, (2022). Hybrid investigation of labyrinth weirs: Discharge capacity and energy dissipation. 39th AIRH World Congress, 2022
      • Crookston, B.M, Arnold, C.R, (2022). Improving public safety at low head dams through identification using deep learning, ARCGIS Pro, and aerial imagery. 39th AIRH World Congress, 2022
      • Crookston, B.M, Flake, L.K, (2022). Hydraulic Design Guidance for a Moderate-sloped Stepped Chute with a Labyrinth Crest. 2022 USSD Annual Conference and Exhibition
      • Crookston, B.M, (2022). Hydraulic Structures Collaborations: Mind the Gap of Industry and Academia: 8th IJREWHS. 8th IJREWHS - IAHR Conference Proceedings
      • Felder, S., Erpicum, S., Mulligan, S., Valero, D., Zhu, D., Crookston, B.M, (2021). Hydraulic structures at a crossroads towards the sustainable development goal. IAHR White Paper
      • Moses, D., Crookston, B.M, Thornton, C., (2021). Evaluation of Step Edge Geometry on Energy Dissipation of Stepped Chutes: An Informative Comparison. Dam Safety 2021, Association of State Dam Safety Officials, Conference Proceedings
      • Crookston, B.M, M., Hotchkiss, R., (2021). Professional, Civic, and Private Partnerships to Improve Public Safety at Low-head Dams. Dam Safety 2021, Association of State Dam Safety Officials
      • Chakraborty, S., Cardwell, M., Crookston, B.M, Hotchkiss, R., (2021). Using Deep Learning and Aerial Imagery to Identify Low-head Dams. Dam Safety 2021, Association of State Dam Safety Officials
      • Crookston, B., Hotchkiss, R., Arnold, C.R, (2021). Towards a national inventory of low-head dams: volunteers leveraging online tools. ASDSO
      • Hotchkiss, R., Johnson, M., Crookston, B.M, (2020). Creating a National Inventory of Low Head Dams in USA. Dam Safety 2020
      • Lantz, W., Crookston, B.M, Palermo, M., (2020). Flood Infrastructure: Localized Scour at Piano Key Weirs. Dam Safety 2020
      • Palermo, M., Crookston, B.M, Pagliara, S., (2020). Analysis of Equilibrium Morphologies Downstream of a PK Weir Structure. EWRI Congress 2020
      • Crookston, B.M, (2020). A Laboratory Investigation on Residual Energy of Nonlinear Weirs. 8th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures
      • Salazar, F., Crookston, B.M, Hariri-Ardebili, M.A, Conde, A., Vicente, D.J, (2019). Combination of advanced numerical methods and machine learning in dam safety assessment. 11th ICOLD European Club Symposium
      • Tullis, B.P, Crookston, B.M, (2019). Linear weir head-discharge relationships: a multi-lab exercise. 2019 IAHR World Congress
      • Repko, A., Crookston, B.M, Barfuss, S.L, (2019). Hazard and biodynamic responses for evaluation of public safety at dams. 36th Annual USSD Conference
      • Tullis, B.P, Young, N., Crookston, B., (2018). Size-Scale Effects of Labyrinth Weir Hydraulics. International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures 2018
      • Bass, R., Crookston, B., Dean, J., Collins, J.R, (2018). Fine Tuning a Piano Key Weir: The story of the Lake Peachtree Spillway Replacement Project. Dam Safety 2018
      • Crookston, B., Barfuss, S.L, (2018). Responding to unauthorized extreme activities at spillways in order to improve public safety. ICOLD 2018 26th Congress -86th Annual Meeting
      • Hepler, T., Young, J., Crookston, B.M, Crowder, J., (2018). Successful Overtopping Protection Projects in the Eastern U.S.. 3rd International Conference on Protection against Overtopping
      • Crookston, B., Crowley, L., Johnson, C., Bung, D.B, (2017). Effective application of three-dimensional numerical modeling for the design and analysis of dams. Dam Safety 2017
      • Hepler, T., Crookston, B., Fiedler, B., Toledo, M., (2017). Technical Summary of Protections 2016. Dam Safety 2017
      • Brown, W., Crookston, B., (2016). Investigating Supercritical Flows in Curved Open Channels with Three Dimensional Numerical Modeling. 6th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures
      • Lodomez, M., Crookston, B., Tullis, B.P, Pirotton, M., (2016). Nappe Vibration Mitigation Techniques for Free-overfall Structures. 6th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures
      • Valero, D., Bung, D., Crookston, B., Matos, J., (2016). Numerical investigation of USBR type III stilling basin performance downstream of smooth and stepped spillways. 6th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures
      • Crookston, B., Tullis, B.P, (2016). Hydraulic Structures and Water System Management-ISHS2016 in Perspective. 6th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures
      • Crowder, J., Crookston, B., Boyer, B., Coats, T., (2016). Cultivating Ingenuity and Dam Safety in Alabama: The Taming of Lake Ogletree Reservoir. 36th Annual USSD Conference
      • Roblee, G., Crookston, B.M, Kees, S., Keel, K., (2016). Ensuring Water Supply Reliability with Innovative PK Weir Spillway Design: 36th Annual USSD Conference. USSD
      • Crookston, B., Tullis, B.P, (2014). Mitigation investigation of flow-induced vibrations at a rehabilitated spillway: 11th National Conference on Hydraulics in Civil Engineering \& 5th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures: Hydraulic Structures and Society-Engineering Challenges and Extremes.
      • Paxson, G., Monroe, J., Crookston, B., Campbell, D., (2013). Balancing Site Considerations with Hydraulic Efficiency for Labyrinth Spillways: ICOLD 2013 International Symposium at Seattle Washington.
      • Crookston, B.M, Campbell, D., Paxson, G., (2013). Increasing Hydraulic Design Flexibility of Labyrinth Spillways: ICOLD 2013 International Symposium at Seattle Washington.
      • Paxson, G., Crookston, B., Tullis, B.P, (2012). Spillways in 3D: ASDSO Southeast Regional Conference at Louisville Kentucky.
      • Crookston, B., Tullis, B.P, (2010). Hydraulic performance of labyrinth weirs: Proc. 3rd International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures, Edimburg, R. Janssen, H. Chanson, eds. Hydraulic model report CH80/10, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
      • Crookston, B., Tullis, B.P, (2007). A laboratory study of streambed stability in bottomless culverts: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007: Restoring Our Natural Habitat.
      • Tullis, B.P, Crookston, B.M, (2007). Dam Outlet Works, More than Just Equations: 2007 Annual ASDSO Conference, Austin Texas.

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Teaching

      CEE 6800 - Water and Environmental Seminar, Spring 2022
      CEE 5470, 6470 - Sedimentation Engineering, Spring 2022
      CEE 6800 - CEE Seminar, Fall 2021
      CEE 6530 - Hydraulic Modeling, Fall 2021
      CEE 3510 - Civil and Environmental Engineering Hydraulics, Spring 2021
      CEE 3510 - Civil and Environmental Engineering Hydraulics, Spring 2021
      CEE 5540, 6540 - Hydraulic Structures Design, Fall 2020
      CEE 3510 - Civil and Environmental Engineering Hydraulics, Spring 2020
      CEE 5470, 6470 - Sedimentation Engineering, Spring 2020
      CEE 6500, 5500 - Open Channel Hydraulics with an Emphasis on Gradually Varied Flow, Fall 2019
      CEE 3510 - Civil and Environmental Engineering Hydraulics, Spring 2019
      CEE 6900 - Directed Reading - Flood Modeling using HEC-RAS, Spring 2019
      CEE 5470, 6470 - Sedimentation Engineering, Fall 2018

      Graduate Students Mentored

      Kristina Roller, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2021
      Manisha Panthi, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2021
      Megh Raj KC, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2021
      Nathan Young, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2021
      Caitlin Arnold, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2020
      Kathryn Margetts, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2020
      Michael Rasmussen, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2020
      Taylor Shapiro, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2020
      Kade Flake, Civil & Environmental Engr, April 2019 - May 2021
      Wyatt Lantz, Civil & Environmental Engr, September 2018 - May 2021
      Taylor Vaughn, Civil & Environmental Engr, December 2018 - May 2020
      Abigail Repko, Civil & Environmental Engr, October 2018 - May 2019