CU-Boulder to present engineering alumni awards

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The University of Colorado Boulder will honor four outstanding engineers, including three alumni and one long-time faculty member, at the 48th annual Engineering Awards Banquet on April 26.

Dean Robert H. Davis will present the inaugural Recent Alumni Award, which recognizes graduates of the last decade, along with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards, which have been awarded annually since 1966.

Both awards recognize graduates of CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and significant contributions to their fields.

cue-headshot-goldman_1.jpgElliot Goldman, who earned concurrent BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering at CU-Boulder in 2004, was selected to receive the inaugural Recent Alumni Award.

Goldman is a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, working 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.

He also founded and serves as president of the South Denver Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a service organization that provides engineering expertise to address basic needs in developing countries.

cue-headshot-lund_1.jpgJohn W. Lund, who earned his BS and PhD in civil engineering at CU-Boulder in 1958 and 1967, respectively, will be awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the Education, and Research and Invention categories.

Lund went onto become a professor, department chair, and dean at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, and co-founder and director of the Geo-Heat Center, the world’s premier institution in the direct use of geothermal energy. Lund 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.

cue-headshot-morreale_1.jpgHerb Morreale, a 1991 computer science alumnus of CU-Boulder who founded several successful companies and a non-profit organization, will receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the Industry and Commerce category.

After his graduation, he co-founded XOR, Inc., with fellow graduate Trent Hein, and nurtured the Boulder startup into a company with more than 500 employees and $50 million in revenue. He currently is CEO of 6kites, Inc., which focuses on social business, mobile, Web and enterprise application development.

Morreale also founded the nonprofit organization, Topplers, which seeks to impact the world by inspiring, educating, and motivating people to “set big things in motion.”

cue-headshot-born_1.jpgGeorge Born, a CU-Boulder professor of aerospace engineering sciences since 1985 who founded the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR), will be awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the Special category.

After earning his PhD at the University of Texas Austin, Born went onto work on several pioneering satellite missions as a senior engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1970 to 1983.

His contributions in furthering the precision of orbit determination for remote-sensing satellites at both JPL and CU-Boulder have made lasting impacts, and his book, “Statistical Orbit Determination,” has become the leading textbook for graduate courses at major universities.

For more information about these and previous awards presented by the College of Engineering, visit

Carol Rowe, 303-492-7426


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