Cassidy B. Cote, PE
Cassidy B. Cote, PEWater Resources Engineer
Cassidy’s lifelong passion for river science was inspired by the environment of his youth. Cassidy grew up in a small ski town in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought torrential rainstorms and catastrophic floodwaters to his community. It was through this experience he became acutely aware of the prolonged need for resilient infrastructure that accommodates the diverse and evolving needs of the river environment.

Cassidy obtained his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont. He then served as a Structures and Hydraulics engineer for the Vermont Agency of Transportation for 3 years, developing designs for stream crossing structures, specializing in bridge and culvert restoration and replacement, and aquatic organism passage. Cassidy then continued his professional journey at Central Federal Lands, based in the Front Range of Colorado, where he developed two-dimensional hydraulic designs for a diverse range of projects, including those residing along alluvial fans, and sites devastated by natural disasters such as avalanches, wildfires, and flash-flooding.

Cassidy returned to academia in 2022. Cassidy attended Colorado State University (CSU) for his master’s program, where he studied open-channel hydraulics, sediment transport, and fluvial geomorphology. Cassidy conducted his thesis research at the CSU Engineering Research Center Hydraulics Laboratory, where he developed physical hydraulic models of a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood conveyance canal along Rio Puerto Nuevo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In early 2024, Cassidy relocated to Whitefish, MT to pursue his dream of specializing in river restoration at River Design Group. Cassidy spends free days adventuring with his dog, camping, and exploring the backcountry on his skis.

Warren, Vermont

Mad River