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Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan

On her biennial trips to visit family in India, Colorado native Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan is always dismayed to see ever-increasing pollution levels dimming the “rich and colorful” country. Much of that pollution is caused by rickshaws, the motorized tricycle taxis that serve as a primary mode of transportation in India. In conversations with rickshaw drivers, Gopalakrishnan was saddened to learn that not only are the gasoline-powered vehicles bad for the environment, but that the fuel costs also leave drivers barely able to support their families.   

Zach Clawson

Zach Clawson may not have his architectural engineering degree yet, but thanks to his participation in a national Design-Build Student Competition, he’s got a pretty good sense of what it takes to put together a design and construction proposal for a real-world project.

Nash Hensen

When Nash Hensen rides the light rail into the heart of downtown Denver, he can’t help but smile. That’s because he knows he played a role in the construction of the Denver Union Station light rail track and station which opened in August 2011, just as his summer internship as a field engineer with Kiewit Building Group wound to a close.

Ariel Aguilar

Denver native Ariel Aguilar embarked on her college education as an open option engineering student at CU-Boulder.  Uncertain about which path she wanted to follow, she enrolled in the college’s flexible first-year curriculum and then gravitated toward computer science because she thought it offered a good foundation in computing that could be applied to a variety of careers.

Christina Jones

CU-Boulder undergraduate Christina Jones decided to major in civil engineering because she likes construction projects. Little did she know when she made that decision that she would be selected as an intern to work on one of the largest and most significant projects underway in the whole world—the expansion of the nearly 100-year-old Panama Canal.

Nick Anderson

With a strong academic record and two to three years’ experience working in a university research laboratory while still in high school, Nick Anderson pretty much had his pick of engineering schools.

As a graduate of Boulder High School, he was already quite familiar with CU Engineering and his winning the Boettcher Scholarship sealed the deal. The scholarship offers a full ride to attend any accredited Colorado university for four years.

Srinidhi Radhakrishnan

University of Colorado Boulder twin sophomores Srinidhi Radhakrishnan and Saikripa Radhakrishnan -- both chemical and biological engineering majors -- have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships.

The scholarships are worth up to $7,500 for educational expenses each year and are given to students who intend to pursue careers in the fields of math, science or engineering.

Kirstyn Johnson

Colorado native Kirstyn Johnson would love to be an astronaut.  As junior in aerospace engineering sciences at CU-Boulder, she has been gaining the experience she needs to follow her dream by working at BioServe Space Technologies.  She helped to develop hardware for STS-134, the second-to-last space shuttle to the International Space Station.

Taylor Roberts

Taylor Roberts, a University of Colorado Boulder senior majoring in architectural engineering, is an example of the growing number of CU-Boulder students who are civically engaged.

Roberts is co-president of the CU-Boulder chapter of GlobeMed, a national student organization focused on improving the health of impoverished people. The organization has 19 chapters across the nation that partner with different grassroots groups that work in communities throughout the developing world.

Adeel Baig

As a senior in electrical engineering, Adeel Baig was looking for some hands-on project experience in his field when he joined a team at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium designing a satellite to orbit Mars. Little did he know it would hook him on a career in the space industry.

The CSGC is a NASA-sponsored program offering independent study opportunities for students in designing, building, flying, and operating real space experiments. CU-Boulder is the lead school and headquarters of the statewide consortium of 15 colleges and universities.

Dua Chaker

Dua Chaker has a gleam in her eyes when she talks about GoldShirt.

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for me to be involved in engineering. It has really expanded my chances for a good career,” says the first-year student who is part of the first cohort of GoldShirt Program students at CU Engineering.

Evan Thomas

When Evan Thomas was the editor of his high school newspaper, he traveled with classmates to Cuba and Vietnam to write about the lives of students outside the U.S. Those experiences have since become the foundation for a long-term commitment to helping people in the developing world.

Alijah Smith

Alijah DeAndre Smith spent hours as a child building things with Legos. Now a junior majoring in aerospace engineering sciences at CU-Boulder, he is delighted to be working on real spacecraft.

“I have always loved space,” says Alijah. “My mom took me to Florida when I was in fourth or fifth grade and I stood under the Saturn 5, an impossibly huge rocket.”

Jay Price

Growing up in Michigan, Jay Price saw it happen countless times to his father, a multiple sclerosis patient who used a rolling walker to maintain his mobility.

Wanting simply to carry a cup of coffee or bowl of soup into another room, he would place the food item on the walker's accessory tray, only to have the walker get hung up on the threshold and end up spilling the hot liquid across the floor.

Rob Mickle

Looking ahead to his senior year, University of Colorado Boulder computer science major Rob Mickle had planned on completing an internship over the summer -- that is, until he won $25,000 in the first round of Google's Android Developer Challenge, launching his own real-world experience.

Kristian Hahn

Kristian Hahn and Karina Ogilvie both describe it as the best day of their lives.

The aerospace engineering students were part of a five-student CU-Boulder team selected to participate in NASA’s 2009 Microgravity University flight season.

For a week in June, they and teammates Christopher Chavez, Steven Ramm, and Swarandeep Singh worked with NASA engineers and specialists at Johnson Space Center to ready their Wilberforce Pendulum Microgravity Experiment and prepare themselves physiologically for the rigors of flight on the Zero-G aircraft.

Julia Ratcliff

CU-Boulder undergraduate Julia Ratcliff was among 37 students nationwide to be awarded the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Fellowship for teachers of biology, mathematics and physical science.

The KSTF Fellowship was established to support, sustain and inspire exceptional young men and women committed to making a difference as teachers. The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of teachers from the time they begin working on a teaching credential through the early years of their career.

Nick Bertrand

CU engineering student Nick Bertrand spent two of his first four years of college studying in China—and then he went back again for a summer research internship.

"I love living in China—I love the food and the different style of entertainment there. And I was interested in the research from an academic perspective," he says.

Now a fifth-year senior double majoring in electrical and computer engineering and applied math, Bertrand has been selected as the 2010 Study Abroad Student of the Year.

Tyler Silverman

For chemical engineering student Tyler Silverman, studying abroad in Spain in the spring of 2006 offered a break from engineering and a chance to develop a global perspective. Looking back, he says being abroad “helped me understand that there is a big world out there and that being an engineer helps you be a part of that big world.”

After completing his senior design project on a solar-thermal energy plant, and having met all the requirements for an International Engineering Certificate in Spanish, Silverman started to see Spain as a land of opportunity.

Anna Lieb

Anna Lieb, a senior double-majoring in applied mathematics and engineering physics, has won the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which will pay for a year’s study at Cambridge University.

The scholarship, which comes on the tails of the Goldwater Scholarship that is helping to fund her education this year, is worth approximately $50,000.

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