The Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards (DEAA) and the Recent Alumni Award recognize alumni at different points in their careers for their outstanding personal qualities and contributions to their fields.
As a CU-Boulder professor of aerospace engineering sciences since 1985 and founding director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, George Born has made a large impact on the University of Colorado, the field of satellite dynamics and applications, and countless students.
He earned his BS, MS, and PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and was a senior engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on several pioneering satellite missions from 1970 to 1983. His contributions in furthering the precision of orbit determination for remote-sensing satellites, and contributions to the field of satellite oceanography, have made lasting impacts.
He also has been instrumental in building a world-class faculty and program in aerospace engineering sciences at CU-Boulder. He recruited many top faculty and students, and is responsible for introducing the remote-sensing focus to the department. His book, Statistical Orbit Determination, has become the leading textbook for graduate courses at major universities.
Born was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society. He received the AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award, the AAS Brouwer Award, and 10 NASA awards.
Elliot Goldman was selected to receive the inaugural Recent Alumni Award for his achievements in the aerospace industry and his continuing service to Engineers Without Borders and the college.
Since graduation, he has been employed at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, where he has focused on structures and mechanism design for several of the company’s flagship projects. He was responsible for designing the avionics enclosure for the Jupiter-bound JUNO spacecraft and the solar array panels for MAVEN, which will be headed to Mars this year. He currently leads the design
of the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule, which will return to Earth from Asteroid RQ36 in 2023.
In addition to the company awards he received for his work NASA recognized his achievements on the Phoenix Mars Lander and JUNO. He also holds a U.S. patent.
Goldman has been an active volunteer with Engineers Without Borders as well. He founded and serves as president of the South Denver EWB Professional Chapter, and he has continued his
association with EWB-CU, serving as a professional mentor an irrigation system for an orphanage in Rwanda. He also is mentoring CU students on a senior design project in aerospace engineering.
As the founder of several successful companies, a nonprofit organization, and the Domino Award given annually to CU-Boulder students, Herb Morreale is an outstanding alumnus, valued friend,
and long-standing advisor to the computer science department.
Morreale and classmate Trent Hein launched XOR, Inc., and nurtured the startup into a company with more than 500 employees and $50 million in revenue. After leaving XOR in 2000, Morreale founded Loon Lake Investments, an angel investing syndicate; Kalos Strategy Group, a management consulting firm that merged performance management and leadership development; and Adeptive Software, which is now the fastest growing company in the title and escrow software market. In 2004, he became chief technology officer at Gold Systems, where he led an expansion into VoIP unified communications through a partnership with Microsoft, and he subsequently served as chief technology officer for Me.dium (later OneRiot), which developed groundbreaking technology in social media.
Since 2010, he has been CEO of 6kites, Inc., a company providing expertise in social business, mobile, Web, and enterprise application development. He also founded the charitable organization Topplers, which seeks to impact the world by inspiring, educating, and motivating people to “set big things in motion,” and oversees the Domino Award, which he created in 2002.
After earning his PhD in civil engineering at CU-Boulder, John W. Lund went on to become a professor, department chair, and dean at the Oregon Institute of Technology, and co-founder and director of the Geo-Heat Center, the world’s premier institution in the direct use of geothermal energy. He was named OIT professor emeritus in 1999, but continued to direct the Geo-Heat Center until 2010.
His leadership in the development of geothermal energy continues today as a private consultant, working on direct-use projects in East Africa and around the world. He has published more than 300 professional papers and provided training for geothermal engineers and scientists in 36 countries. He also taught courses in transportation engineering and worked on transportation design criteria and publications for the U.S. Forest Service.
Lund was awarded the Geothermal Pioneer Award and Joseph Aidlin Award by the Geothermal Resources Council, an organization for which he was a multi-term director and president, and he received geothermal recognition awards from professional organizations in Macedonia, Italy, and Germany. He also is a past president of the International Geothermal Association. OIT awarded him its Faculty Excellence Award and Exemplary Faculty Award.