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Cheryl English

Cheryl Reynolds English (ArchEngr’81) started her engineering studies at CU-Boulder as an applied math major. But when she took her first illuminations course, she knew she had found her calling.

“Lighting is one of the few engineering programs that involves a balance of science and art,” she said. 

Steve Bjorg

From the day his brother brought home a Commodore 64 in the early ’80s, Steve Bjorg (BSMSCompSci’00) has been hooked on programming. While his path in computer science may not have been traditional, his experiences – as an entrepreneur, in a large company and in volunteer work – give him a unique perspective on the variety of options open to today’s computer science students.

Laura Mather

Throughout her career, Laura Mather (AppMath’94, MS CompSci’96, PhD CompSci’98) has focused on making the world a better place. She’s proud that her security startup, Silver Tail Systems, was helping to keep 1.5 billion online accounts safe when she sold it in 2012.

Jenifer Kennedy

A new wave of medical technologies is transforming surgery, and Jenifer Kennedy (ChemEngr ’85) is at the forefront of these innovative surgical devices.

Kennedy is one of the co-founders and director of research at Boulder-based JustRight Surgical, a startup surgical products company developing precision surgical technologies for general surgery. Kennedy is responsible for designing these new approaches.

The company’s first device, which launched in April 2013, seals vessels using radio-frequency energy directed between two tiny pincers the size of tweezers.

Todd Mosher

With a passion for space travel that began in childhood, it’s no surprise that Todd Mosher (MS AeroEngr ’95, PhD ’00) chose a career building spacecraft.

Mosher’s father worked for Martin Marietta at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so he grew up hearing stories about the robotic spacecraft being built there and the planets to which the vehicles would travel. In his bedroom, with walls bedecked with astronaut wallpaper, Mosher dreamed about going into space.

Sharon Black

Sharon Black (IntlAf ’71, MS TeleCom ’72) has the rare distinction of being the first graduate of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP), which was the first academic program of its kind in the world. In fact, she was the only student in the very first class.

After a career as an international telecommunications analyst, consultant, and attorney with more than 40 years of industry experience, she has taught in the ITP as an adjunct professor for 17 years and has been a scholar in residence since spring 2012.

Jim Hansen

Imagine being tasked with finding a nondescript gray car being driven somewhere in the United States. And imagine that your primary tools for finding that car are a few aircraft and a handful of vehicles of your own.

Herb Morreale

What if you could make a world-changing impact with one small act? Would you be more inclined to take that first step if you knew your action would gain momentum when aligned with the actions of others?

Nan Joesten

Searching for the right college can be like searching for the right relationship. Ultimately, you hope to find that elusive quality known as chemistry—especially when your plan is to become a chemical engineer.

Frances Fierst

It takes a unique combination of skills and personality to do the work of Frances Fierst, a CU engineering alumna whose development work has taken her to some of the poorest and most war-torn locations on the planet. After several years of working as a mechanical engineer in the manufacturing sector, Fierst decided to change the trajectory of her career by pursuing master’s degrees in engineering management and civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Vern Norviel

When he wasn’t slaving over books and experiments in the Engineering Center at CU-Boulder, Vern Norviel could be found painting in the fine arts building or playing the pipe organ at Macky Auditorium.  That was 20 years ago. Today, you’ll find him in the heart of the Silicon Valley, working at the leading edge of DNA chip technology.

Kristy Schloss

Like a lot of engineers, Kristy Schloss (CivEngr '86) was attracted to the field because she wanted to make a difference. That's also the reason she became an active volunteer in the college, where she mentors students and serves on the Engineering Advisory Council and other program and departmental advisory boards.

Jim Voss

Jim Voss has had a unique and varied career, ranging from government service to industry to academia, since earning his master's degree in aerospace engineering at CU-Boulder in 1974.

Joshua Stuart

Josh Stuart was a CU undergraduate majoring in molecular biology in the mid-1990s when he discovered the power of computational analysis to reveal the functions of genes.

“I thought of computer science as the other side of the coin from biology,” he recalls. “In biology, the aim is to understand a complex system with simple rules, whereas in computer science the aim is to build complex systems using simple rules.”

JoAnn Joselyn

JoAnn Joselyn grew up during a period of amazing firsts, when advances in science and space exploration captured the imagination of people around the world. "Sputnik was launched on my 14th birthday, and I knew then I was destined for space work," says Joselyn, who has had a 35-year career studying space weather.

So it is fitting that Joselyn went onto capture some of her own "firsts." A 1965 CU-Boulder graduate in applied math, she became the first woman to earn a doctoral degree at CU in astrogeophysics—the study of solar-planetary interactions.

Corky Townsend

Cornelia "Corky" Townsend (AeroEngr '85) takes her role as chief project engineer for Boeing's 747 Program very seriously. After all, it's a big responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone who flies a 747 jetliner. According to Boeing, 100,000 people are in the air in 747s at any given time of day.

But Townsend also loves the idea of designing airplanes and is awed by their grandeur. "They're these big—huge—things," she says. "We walk past the airplanes every day, and it's really magical because they can take you around the world."

Mike Wirth

Mike Wirth (ChemEngr '82) was promoted to executive vice president of Chevron's global downstream business in March, a position carrying responsibility for the company's worldwide refining, marketing, lubricants, and supply and trading businesses. He previously served as president of global supply and trading.

Pamela Drew

With its intersection of transportation, communications, and computing, The Boeing Co. seemed like a gold mine of opportunity to Pamela Drew (Math '85, MS CompSci '87, PhD '91).

"Those three things have changed the planet and the way we think about the world, and Boeing is involved in all of them," Drew says, recalling her first contact with Boeing in 1996. "IT had become the hottest topic, and I thought that my background could be of great value."

Xiaodong Zhang

Xiaodong Zhang (MS CompSci '85, PhD '89) left the College of William and Mary, where he has taught computer science since 1997, to become chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State University in January. He also holds an endowed chair professorship, the Robert M. Critchfield Professor in Engineering, at OSU.

Nancy Thonen

Nancy Thonen (ChemEngr '88) works 12-hour days and is on call 365 days a year as the general manager of Suncor Energy (USA) Inc.'s Commerce City refinery.

Brad Schell

"We've been Googled," Brad Schell (ArchEngr '82) announced on his web site March 14, after the Internet search giant acquired his Boulder-based company, @Last Software. The company developed the award-winning 3D design product SketchUp, which is popular among professional engineers and architects, filmmakers, and even students.

Jim Barton

"TiVo, TV Your Way" is more than the corporate slogan of the original digital video recorder (DVR) on the market; it’s also the way Jim Barton, TiVo co-founder and chief technology officer, likely would approach designing and building any consumer electronic device.

A 1980 graduate of both the electrical engineering and computer science departments, Barton has played a central role in transforming the way the world watches television by following a seemingly simple approach—put the consumer in control.

Chuck Kutscher

In his 28 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, Charles Kutscher (PhD MechEngr '92) has cultivated a passion for alternative energy. His groundbreaking doctoral thesis on transpired solar collectors in collaboration with Conserval Systems, Inc. won an R&D 100 Award and a Popular Science "Best of What's New" award in 1994. Transpired air collectors are dark, perforated metal plates that are installed over a building's south-facing wall to capture the sun's heat to warm the building ventilation air.

Daniel Kubitschek

In 1986, as a Green Mountain High School senior in Lakewood, Colorado, Daniel Kubitschek watched the spacecraft Voyager's encounter with Uranus on NASA TV and decided he wanted to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory one day.

One of four brothers to earn CU-Boulder engineering degrees, Kubitschek navigated his way through a bachelor's degree (MechEngr '90), a stint at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, and two graduate degrees (MS AeroEngr '94, PhD '97) before landing at JPL in the fall of 2000.

Arch Archuleta

S.J. "Arch" Archuleta's family roots run deep in Colorado. A descendant of early Spanish explorers who settled in the state, Arch was raised on a sheep ranch in Pagosa Springs, the seat of Archuleta County bearing his family's name. His family later moved to Golden, where Arch completed high school before attending CU-Boulder on a scholarship.

Charles Glass

"At CU I learned how to think and create knowledge in my field of study," says Charles Glass, who earned his master’s in civil engineering at CU-Boulder in 1994 and his PhD in 1997. "I also learned how to work independently on a project, which gave me the confidence to know that I could solve problems using the tools that I learned at CU. I have applied that knowledge, or confidence, to study areas outside of my specialty, to start a small consulting firm, and to build wealth."

Nathan Seidle

Before he even graduated from CU, Nathan Seidle started Spark Fun Electronics, an aptly named company for a man with boundless energy and enthusiasm—and more than your average creative ingenuity.

Janet Reiser

The term "maverick" has been tossed around to the point where it's lost almost all significance, but chemical engineer Janet Reiser (ChemEngr '77) is a true specimen of the breed. She's a Democrat who lives in Alaska and ran for public office; she's a former corporate executive who became an entrepreneur, and she's a chemical engineer trained to work with physical formulae and compounds who now creates products based on light.

Danielle Griego

Danielle Griego’s architectural engineering education at CU-Boulder has led to a career focused on addressing the global energy crisis, as well as some pretty cool stamps in her passport.

Jacob Melvin

It’s March 2007, and there’s Jacob Melvin, a senior computer science major at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He’s got a two-point-something grade point average, and he’s barely hanging on in a required class. He’s not worried about trying to land his dream job. He’s worried about graduating.

Mark Gould

An excavation project near Snowmass Village last fall by Gould Construction Inc. took on mammoth significance when a dozer operator uncovered a cache of ice age bones.

It is considered one of the most important fossil discoveries in Colorado history according to scientists with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, although the first reaction of Mark Gould (CivEngr '81, MS '82), the company's president and CEO, was concern about keeping the construction job on schedule.

Steve Chappell

Ever since he was a kid growing up in Lake Orion, Michigan, Steve Chappell (MS AeroEngr '03, PhD '06) has dreamed of being an astronaut or a scientist studying spaceflight. Through the years he has gone to great lengths pursuing that dream, from climbing some of the world's highest mountains to walking on the ocean floor—activities that have helped prepare him for a space-oriented career.

Celeste Cizik

Celeste Cizik, the engineering school's December 2002 outstanding graduate, works as a mechanical systems project engineer for Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers in Lakewood, Colorado, expanding on the sustainable design expertise she gained as a member of CU's first-place 2002 Solar Decathlon team.

Randall Clark

On his way to becoming a physician, Randall Clark’s (AeroEngr ’78, MD ’82) road to medical school took a detour via aerospace engineering. But the route was more coherent than it might seem.

Clark is an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and interim chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at The Children’s Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. His specialty is pediatric cardiac anesthesiology.

Bill Reinert

Bill Reinert (MS CivEngr ’81) is on a quest to reduce the impact of the automobile on society. He is national manager of advanced technology for Toyota where he coordinates Toyota’s research, development, and marketing for alternative-fueled vehicles and emerging technologies. Reinert helped design the current generation Prius, perhaps the most iconic “green” vehicle on the road and he and his team launched the first hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles in commercial operation in the United States.

Cheryl Campbell

Natural gas, a close relative to crude oil, rarely attracts as much interest or headlines as petroleum. Since natural gas burns cleaner than oil or coal, produces less greenhouse gases, and is found in abundance in this country, environmentalists and energy analysts have begun touting natural gas as a bridge fuel from petroleum to renewable, low-carbon energy sources.

John Lund

A three-decade career promoting the development of geothermal energy has led John W. Lund (CivEngr '58, PhD '67) around the world and back to his own front yard.

Rod Ray

Change is a constant at Bend Research Inc. Staying nimble in the changing world of chemical research also is the driving force behind the company's three decades of success in developing membrane and novel drug-delivery technologies.

Since joining Bend Research in 1983, Rod Ray (PhD ChemEngr '83) has held numerous positions working his way up through the company. As president and chief executive officer, Ray is charting a new course for the company as it enters its next phase in the development of pharmaceutical and health care products.

Susan Reilly

Susan Reilly (MechEngr 84) grew up in the late 1970s learning about solar energy and renewable materials from her father, an attorney and engineer. Since those early years as sustainable design became mainstream, she developed a passion for improving the environmental quality in the buildings in which we work, study, and conduct business.

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