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ALUMNI REUNITE AT COLLEGE PICNIC

DEMO DAY CAPS SUCCESSFUL CATALYZE LAUNCH

August 2014

CU ENGINEERING EXPANDS ENERGY AND WATER DEGREE OPTIONS


The College of Engineering and Applied Science has launched a new energy engineering minor to give students the background and tools to be leaders in energy technology, policy and research. Starting this fall, students will be able to apply to the minor, which consists of a selection of technical energy courses, an energy policy course and an interdisciplinary projects course focused on the design and analysis of energy technologies. The new minor is being sponsored by ConocoPhillips.

In addition, a new educational partnership among the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute and the Water Engineering and Management program expands degree options for working professionals interested in graduate education focused on energy and water. Beginning this fall, qualified students can earn both a Master of Engineering degree and a Professional Certificate in Renewable and Sustainable Energy or a Professional Certificate in Water Engineering and Management at CU-Boulder. The degree and certificates can be earned either via distance education or on campus classes and may be pursued either part- or full-time.

 

ALUMNI REUNITE AT COLLEGE PICNIC


The picnic pavilion at North Boulder Park buzzed with CU Engineering alumni, students, faculty and staff last month at the third annual college picnic, hosted by the college’s alumni relations program. More than 100 people turned out for the event, including one alumnus who earned his mechanical engineering degree in 1946. Alumni enjoyed updates on their various departments and recent developments in the college, as well as the chance to catch up with faculty and meet some of the college’s current students. Tom Cowing (MS CivEngr ’84), pictured above (center) shared a 1924 edition of the Colorado Engineer magazine with Dean Robert H. Davis (right) and fellow alumnus David Anderson (ChemEngr ’78).

DEMO DAY CAPS SUCCESSFUL CATALYZE LAUNCH


The inaugural Catalyze CU-Boulder program ended with a splash July 31 with a Demo Days event at the Roser ATLAS Building that drew a crowd of more than 150 friends, family members and potential investors. The summer business accelerator program provided mentorship, space and equity-free grants for six student startup companies, which ranged from a system to more accurately fit prosthetics to a vintage clothing retailer. The Demo Days event was a last chance for the teams to perfect their business pitch and make connections with potential investors. The second year of Catalyze CU-Boulder is already in the works, complete with a permanent on-campus home in the new Idea Forge.
 
Honors & Awards

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:

FACULTY

Carol Cogswell, Bob Cormack and Mark Winey of electrical engineering have received an NSF grant for $650K for a fluorescence microscope optical insert that creates video-rate 3D imaging capabilities using an innovative “expanded point information content” design.

Paul Goodrum of civil, environmental and architectural engineering was awarded the Construction Industry Institute’s 2014 Outstanding Research Award.

Christine Hrenya has been selected to receive the 2014 AIChE Particle Technology Forum Lectureship Award in Fluidization at the Annual AIChE Meeting this November.

Eric Keller of electrical, computer and energy engineering received a four-year NSF grant for $746.5K for research on “TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Active Security.”

Keith Molenaar of civil, environmental and architectural engineering won the Jaume Blasco Award for Innovation second-place paper award from the 18th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering in Alcañiz, Spain for the paper “Critical Success Factors for Construction Projects.”

Charles Musgrave of chemical and biological engineering received a three-year NSF grant for $533.4K for research titled “NSF/DOE Solar Hydrogen Fuel: Accelerated Discovery of Advanced RedOx Materials for Solar Thermal Water Splitting to Produce Renewable Hydrogen.”

Al Weimer of chemical and biological engineering received a $2M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a novel solar-thermal reactor to split water with concentrated sunlight.

Mahesh Varanasi of electrical, computer and energy engineering received a three-year NSF grant for $500K “CIF: Small: Foundations of Wireless Interfering Cellular Networks With and Without Cooperation.”

Tom Yeh of computer science was selected as "Faculty Member of the Year" by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Edith Zagona of CADWES received a 1.5 year award from Department of Energy for $1.01M titled “Bonneville Power CV-STR Integrated Hydro Model.”

STUDENTS

Mechanical engineering senior Chip Bollendonk was selected as the 2014 Forever Buffs Student Award winner.

Computer science PhD student Sam Blackshear won a Facebook Graduate Fellowship, which supports emerging research leaders who demonstrate potential to advance Facebook’s mission of making the world more open and connected.

NEW HIRES & LEADERSHIP

NEW HIRES

Marissa Doebert, Communications Coordinator, Dean’s Office
Emily Adams, Communications Specialist, Dean’s Office
Tiffany Brodie, Director of Human Resources, Dean’s Office
Ruth Ingraham, Administrative Assistant III, Dean’s Office

NEW LEADERSHIP

Congratulations to all faculty and staff members who have stepped into new college leadership roles.

Scott Palo, Associate Dean for Research
Clayton Lewis, Interim Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Rajagopalan Balaji, Chair of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Robert Erickson, Interim Chair of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
Daniel Moorer, Director of Engineering Management
David Reed, Director of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications
Daria Kotys-Schwartz, Director of the Idea Forge
Julie Steinbrenner, Director of new Energy Engineering Minor

Honors & Awards: August 2014

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:

FACULTY
 

Carol Cogswell and Bob Cormack of electrical, computer and energy engineering and Mark Winey of molecular, cellular and developmental biology have received an NSF grant for $650K for a fluorescence microscope optical insert that creates video-rate 3D imaging capabilities using an innovative “expanded point information content” design.

Paul Goodrum of civil, environmental and architectural engineering was awarded the Construction Industry Institute’s 2014 Outstanding Research Award.

Christine Hrenya has been selected to receive the 2014 AIChE Particle Technology Forum Lectureship Award in Fluidization at the Annual AIChE Meeting this November.

Eric Keller of electrical, computer and energy engineering received a four-year NSF grant for $746.5K for research on “TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Active Security.”

Keith Molenaar of civil, environmental and architectural engineering won the Jaume Blasco Award for Innovation second-place paper award from the 18th International Congress on Project Management and Engineering in Alcañiz, Spain for the paper “Critical Success Factors for Construction Projects.”

Charles Musgrave of chemical and biological engineering received a three-year NSF grant for $533.4K for research titled “NSF/DOE Solar Hydrogen Fuel: Accelerated Discovery of Advanced RedOx Materials for Solar Thermal Water Splitting to Produce Renewable Hydrogen.”

Al Weimer of chemical and biological engineering received a $2M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a novel solar-thermal reactor to split water with concentrated sunlight.

Mahesh Varanasi of electrical, computer and energy engineering received a three-year NSF grant for $500K “CIF: Small: Foundations of Wireless Interfering Cellular Networks With and Without Cooperation.”

Tom Yeh of computer science was selected as "Faculty Member of the Year" by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Edith Zagona of CADWES received a 1.5 year award from Department of Energy for $1.01M titled “Bonneville Power CV-STR Integrated Hydro Model.”

STUDENTS

Mechanical engineering senior Chip Bollendonk was selected as the 2014 Forever Buffs Student Award winner.

Computer science PhD student Sam Blackshear won a Facebook Graduate Fellowship, which supports emerging research leaders who demonstrate potential to advance Facebook’s mission of making the world more open and connected.

Important Announcements

CUEngineering is here!
The 2014 edition of CUEngineering magazine is hot off the press! Check it out online.

Don't forget summer session!
CEAS courses don't slow down over the summer - choose from 58 undergraduate and graduate engineering courses during Maymester and sessions A-D, May 12-Aug. 8.

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