What's it like to work at the happiest place on earth? For Mike Morrison (MechEngr '96), it has sometimes been dark, wet and claustrophobic, but always magical. Since 2004, Morrison has worked at Disneyland where he ensures the rides and attractions are safe while providing the exhilarating experience expected by the 50,000 daily visitors to the amusement park in Anaheim, California.
This fall, the College of Engineering and Applied Science lost two of its notable alumni - individuals who by way of their CU engineering degrees brought inspiration to many. They will be remembered not solely for their career achievements and professional accolades - one a pioneer of space exploration, the other a tireless advocate for the engineering profession - but for their commitment to lifelong learning and discovery.
The Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards (DEAA) and Recent Alumni Award were established to honor outstanding graduates and friends of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder. Each year these awards are given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and signiﬁcant contributions to their ﬁelds.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder educates globally minded engineers who are committed to making a difference in Colorado and the world by solving the world's biggest problems through practical solutions. Our Engineering Alumni network is nearly 40,000 strong, spanning industries across the globe and representing more than 90 countries.
On a 120-acre farm tucked away in the rolling plains 10 miles north of Boulder, Tom Lopez (AeroEngr '62) is farming the old-fashioned way, while at the same time applying his skills and knowledge as an aerospace engineer. In this synergistic way, he is cultivating a sustainably run farm using no chemicals, pesticides or insecticides, and aims to generate all the farm's power using solar energy and wind-generated power.
There is probably not an area in which Lisa Glatch (ChemEngr '84) hasn't worked - her résumé reads like a checklist across the career spectrum. A chemical engineer by training, Glatch spent 24 years in a variety of roles with Fluor Corp., a global engineering construction company that takes in $27 billion revenue annually. Her roles included process engineer, project manager, senior vice president of human resources, special advisor to the U.S. Department of Transportation during the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, president of telecomm, and senior executive.