It has been a difficult season for our state, nation, and world. However, the mission of the College of Engineering and Applied Science remains the same: to generate new knowledge and equip students to meet the future needs of individuals and society.
In many ways, our college is doing relatively well in the present economy:
Due to declining state revenues, we have experienced modest cuts of about two percent of our general fund in 2009 and again in 2010. These cuts coupled with enrollment growth have meant fewer faculty and larger classes. I am proud of how our faculty have stepped up to this challenge while at the same time successfully competing for limited federal and industrial research support.
I am also proud of our alumni and friends, who are investing in the lasting value of advanced education at the time when many other investments are uncertain at best. In 2009, we launched the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities with a generous endowment established by Mort and Alice Mortenson. And, through a combination of donor and college funds, we awarded a record of nearly $1.5 million in engineering scholarships this year.
Among many other highlights are the launch of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute—a joint effort of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory—and the piloting of our Engineering GoldShirt Program, which provides a transitional year to increase access to a first-class engineering education for motivated students.
I invite you to sit back and enjoy the 2010 issue of CUEngineering. You will notice that there is an emphasis on research and education in sustainable technologies, including areas such as energy, health, and international programs, furthering our mission to meet the future needs of individuals and global society.