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Angela Thieman Dino

Angela is the co-director of the Engineering Leadership Program.  She is on the faculty of the College of Engineerng and Applied Science and teaches for ELP,  the CU Boulder Leaderhip minor, and the Presidents Leadership Class She was a visiting fellow for the Law School's Center for Energy and Environmental Security. Her anthropological research has focused on refugees, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and African-American middle-school girls in urban Denver. 

She has participated in founding and governing various local, national and international non-profit organizations with social justice, education and development missions. Her leadership courses, trainings and lectures reflect a proclivity for leadership challenges that are especially complex and require extraordinary ingenuity. 

> Video: Angela shares her perspective on the Engineering Leadership Program


JoAnn Zelasko

JoAnn is director of the Engineering Leadership Program and assistant dean for administration in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. She came to CU-Boulder following a 28-year career in the telecommunications industry, which included product design, development, and customer support for communications and computing infrastructure projects.

She retired as a vice president of Lucent Technologies in 2001 and subsequently volunteered her time to provide executive support to the former CU-Boulder Women in Engineering Program, where she focused on high school outreach to increase students' and teachers' understanding of engineering opportunities. She also served as chair of the Women in Engineering Corporate Advisory Board and is currently serving on the PLC Advisory Board.


Doug Smith

The Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement works at a strategic level with the dean and other leaders to improve the effectiveness of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, with a focus on the development and leadership of students and faculty programs to support college growth and excellence; the engagement of alumni and industry partners; and development and implementation of college marketing and communications. 

In his role as co-director of the Engineering Leadership Program he identifies and matches mentors for the Engineering Leadership students and manages their mentoring relationships.  He assists the program by engaging alumni in various elements of the program, and he arranges special speakers for the Engineering Leadership students.  These speakers are on campus at least twice per semester and in addition to presenting challenging topics on leadership they usually meet with a few students over dinner.

Dean Smith served in executive roles within the engineering and construction industry since 1989, including as executive vice president and president of engineering and architecture services at Tetra Tech, Inc., and President of the Europe, Africa, Middle East, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand water business for Black & Veatch.  He returned to the College of Engineering and Applied Science in fall 2013.  In addition to his engineering degrees his educational background includes Law School at the University of Denver, and the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.


Important Announcements

CUEngineering A publication for alumni and friends. Read the 2015 edition of CUEngineering magazine here.

Engineering Recognition Ceremony to be held at 9am at Macky Auditorium, Friday December 18, 2015


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