Construction is underway on the Idea Forge, a flexible, cross-disciplinary, collaborative space where students can imagine, design, create and test products and solutions to meet a range of societal and industry needs.
The Idea Forge, slated to open in the former law library of the Fleming Building on the CU-Boulder campus this August, will have reconfigurable, interconnected "makerspaces" to accommodate different projects, as well as feature rapid prototyping, advanced machining facilities and welding and electronics shops.
Students in all departments and programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science – including the ATLAS Institute and our three residential academic programs – will have access to the space, as will students enrolled in the new bachelor of arts major in computer science and CU-Boulder’s new Pre-Engineering Program.
The Idea Forge will house Design Center Colorado and will support student teams working on invention and innovation as part of courses, as well as design and development by entrepreneurial-minded individuals and service-oriented groups such as Engineers Without Borders.
Two research teams in the College of Engineering and Applied Science are turning to a novel funding model to pioneer leading-edge technologies in energy and robotics and to engage the community in their work.
Crowdfunding, or the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people, usually via the Internet, is a popular means to fund projects and campaigns, everything from high tech start-ups to Internet television shows.
Projects led by PhD student Chern-Hooi Lim of chemical and biological engineering and Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll of computer science are among eight projects involved in CU-Boulder’s crowdfunding pilot, a 45-day campaign launched May 2.
Lim and fellow graduate students want to tackle pressing issues of global warming and energy shortage by using sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into a clean-burning liquid fuel. For them, the campaign is an alternative to competitive seed funding and a chance for people to directly support research about which they feel passionate.
> Learn more: CO2 to fuel project
Correll and his students want to expand the reach of their swarm robotics research to K-12 schools and even art museums. While an NSF grant funds their research, the team is looking to the community to help them mass produce the robots for teaching applications and interactive art installations.
> Learn more: Swarm robots
"We’re excited to bring the community into our research in a meaningful way," says Correll. "This campaign gives the public ownership of the project and actually lets them steer what happens with our research."
Students in a new "Social Computing" course offered this spring undertook projects to help emergency personnel in two Colorado counties by creating maps of county fairgrounds to aid animal evacuations during disasters.
Two of the projects in the course taught by Associate Professor Leysia Palen supported the research of ATLAS PhD student Joanne White, who uses crisis informatics to understand behavior during incidents such as a wildfire or flood.
"Animal evacuations, whether the animal is big or small, will influence a person’s decision to leave. They either won’t leave at all without their animals or they are forced to leave their animals behind. It's heartbreaking," White says.
During a crisis, evacuated residents typically are invited to take their animals to local fairgrounds for shelter, with care provided by volunteer and emergency management organizations. Available maps, however, tend to be aerial view print-outs which can be blurry and challenging to decipher by volunteers, first responders and evacuees.
The students used an open source mapping tool called Open Street Map to create relevant and useful maps of two fairgrounds in Jefferson County and Elbert County, which reflected infrastructure, resources and traffic flows. They even created icons to denote evacuation areas for small animals and large animals because no graphics of this sort existed.
During last year’s Black Forest Fire in Colorado, White says more than 20 different species of animals were brought to an evacuation site, from mice to yaks.
"These students are technical people looking at social media and technology and how that reflects the human condition," says Palen, who directs Project EPIC, a $2.8M NSF research effort analyzing how social media are used by the public during mass emergency.
Two distinguished members of the College of Engineering and Applied Science community received top honors at CU-Boulder's Spring Commencement Ceremony May 9 at Folsom Field. Dubbed the ultimate "friend-raiser" and fundraiser, Lanis "Lanny" Pinchuk was awarded an honorary doctorate of science, while lifelong Engineering Buff Mike Wirth (ChemEngr ’82)received the University Medal for his influential support of CU. Learn more about their awards and impact on the college and university:
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Norman H. Fox (ElEngr '64)is retired and enjoys long RV trips around North America. He is an active resident in a retirement community near Denver.
Douglas Campbell (MS EngrDesign and EconEval '74) received the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Appreciation Award at the 23rd International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles. Campbell was one of the pioneers in airbag development, beginning his career with General Motors in 1969 as a college student. He has been a leading advocate for automotive safety for more than 20 years.
Astronaut alumnus Steve Swanson (EngrPhys '83) has returned to the International Space Station to serve as an Expedition 39 flight engineer and later as commander of the Expedition 40 crew. Over the course of a six-month mission that began in March, he will conduct dozens of low-gravity experiments including efforts related to protein crystal growth, capillary blood flow, gravity sensing by plants and muscle and bone loss changes in space. Watch a video of Swanson talking about his NASA experiences and his passion for Colorado’s outdoors.
Charles Richard Love (ArchEngr '78) has been employed at Lockheed Martin for more than 33 years. He worked on many spacecraft teams (primarily deep space exploration missions) and just completed work and launch of the MAVEN spacecraft, another mission to Mars. He has two children and two grandchildren all living in Colorado. His wife and daughter are also graduates of CU.
Erlinda Stafford (ChemEngr '84) has worked at Lockheed Martin for the last 28 years in Propulsion Engineering. He helped build the Cassini spacecraft propulsion system, worked the Athena launch vehicle and now supports the project Orion crew module propulsion system. He has two children, ages 17 and 15. He still rides - and sometimes races - his bike, and he likes to garden.
James Gregory Mudge (AeroEngr '84) has been an aerospace software engineer at Lockheed Martin since 2007. He and his wife Karen live in Denver near Cherry Creek. His daughter, Emily, is a senior in chemical engineering at CU-Boulder.
Paul R. Stern (AeroEngr '87, MS AeroEngr '88, PhD AeroEngr '93) is a Lockheed Martin Fellow, Chief Architect Space Ground Solutions - LM IS&GS Defense and Intelligence Solutions.
Jay Alexander (MS CompSci '94) has been named chief technology officer of Keysight Technologies, a spin-off of Agilent Technologies.
W. David Featherman (MS CivEngr '94) completed a master’s of public policy degree at the University of California, Berkeley in December 2013.
Davie Mayfield (AeroEngr '96) is working to provide experimental and computational based aerodynamics data for the NASA Orion program and several other Lockheed Martin-led efforts.
Bradley Oedzes (ApMath '97) enjoys flying and plays on an adult semi-pro ice hockey team, traveling to games around the U.S. and Canada.
David Quereau (CompSci '02) is currently working on the Lockheed Martin GOES-R weather satellite program, writing and testing flight software.
Marcus Hilgers (MS CompSci '03) recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary with Lockheed Martin, where he currently serves as a software configuration manager. He received two SPOT awards and was voted Software Engineering Employee of the Month in December 2012. Hilgers lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his girlfriend and her two children.
Edmon Begoli (MS CompSci '03) recently moved from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he served as a member of the research staff and a chief architect, into a private sector. He is now chief technology officer of a new analytics affiliate of healthcare consulting company PYA Analytics. He also recently completed a PhD at the University of Tennessee.
Chris Muldrow (AeroEngr '03, MS EngrMgmt '10) has taken a position in Lockheed Martin’s business development organization as a capture process lead. For the last couple of years he supported the Orion program as a software systems engineer. Muldrow and his family moved from Aurora to Highlands Ranch in late 2012.
Brian Clarke (EngrPhys '03) just celebrated 10 years at Lockheed Martin and continues to work on the Orion program to get NASA back into manned spaceflight and is father to two beautiful little girls.
Ryan Olds (AeroEngr'04 MS AeroEngr '09) works as a design and controls engineer for the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, slated for launch in 2016. He previously served as a design and controls engineer for NASA’s GRAIL mission, a lunar orbiting mission designed to measure the gravity field of the Moon.
Elliot Goldman (BS/MS MechEngr '04) is a member of the design team for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
Yazan Karadsheh (ElEngr'06) has launched the first microbrewery in Jordan called Carakale, named after a mountain cat indigenous to the country. Karadsheh's path to becoming Jordan's pioneer microbrewer started when he dabbled with home-brewing kits while pursuing his engineering degree at CU-Boulder. After graduation, he joined Halliburton for a brief time before enrolling in the Master Brewers Program at University of California Davis and working at Upslope Brewery. He won a bronze medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.
Chris Cloutier (BS/MS AeroEngr '06) works for Lockheed Martin as chief project engineer for the Orion Star Tracker Cover Mechanism and also supports mechanism verification efforts for the upcoming EFT-1 launch. Last year he led the successful ground jettison testing for the Orion Fairing andForward Bay Cover. (Click the links to see cool videos of these tests!)
Sean O'Dell (MS AeroEngr '07) is the proud father of a 1-year-old son. He has worked at Lockheed Martin on the Orion program since graduation in 2007 and received a Lockheed Martin NOVA award in 2012.
Daniel Baca (MS AeroEngr '07) was recently made the fault detection, isolation and recovery lead for the European Service Module on Lockheed Martin's Orion mission. He recently was named Great Minds of STEM's Most Promising Engineer with an Advanced Degree.
Jessica Liu Strohmann (PhD MechEngr '09) is a key R&D engineer in a late-stage startup in San Mateo, Calif. She and her husband, Thomas, are enjoying California sunshine with their lovely kids, Calvin and Daniella.
Jordan Haines (BS/MS MechEngr '12) has been working for Lockheed Martin in Littleton and teaches karate part time at a local dojo.
Congratulations to all our recent graduates in the CU Engineering Class of 2014! We wish you a bright future and hope you will stay connected and submit your own class notes to keep us posted on where you are and what you're doing.
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