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Dan Scheeres (AES) named University Distinguished Professor.

Alumni enjoy research demos, sneak peek of Idea Forge during Homecoming

Donation enables eight undergrads to attend Grace Hopper conference

December 2014

Engineering programs excel in fall undergraduate and graduate rankings

Fall 2014 was a great semester for CU Engineering rankings, and we want to thank you all for your hard work in helping advance our Engineering 2020 goal of being ranked in the top 20 of U.S. engineering programs.

U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings put our undergraduate engineering program at 20th among public institutions whose highest degree is a doctorate (36th overall). Within engineering, recognition went to aerospace (No. 9 among public institutions, No. 14 overall); environmental (No. 10 among publics, No. 17 overall); and chemical (No. 12 among publics, No. 18 overall).

In October, GraduatePrograms.com released its rankings of the top 25 graduate programs in several engineering disciplines, based on reviews by more than 70,000 graduate students. CU-Boulder was recognized for its computer science program (No. 12) and engineering management program (No. 2). 

Dan Scheeres (AES) named University Distinguished Professor.

Congratulations to Daniel J. Scheeres, professor of aerospace engineering sciences, who was one of six University of Colorado faculty members named Distinguished Professors on Nov. 20! This is the most prestigious honor for faculty at the university. Each year, the recognition goes to faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and outstanding service to the profession, university and its affiliates.

Scheeres holds the A. Richard Seebass Endowed Chair in aerospace engineering sciences, Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research. He is an international leader in astrodynamics and celestial mechanics; he is currently the gravity science team lead for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission, which focuses on collecting samples from an asteroid and returning them to Earth. Scheeres has published extensively in the fields of astrodynamics, dynamical astronomy and celestial mechanics. He coordinates the Smead Fellows program, supporting outstanding junior faculty and doctoral students in aerospace engineering sciences at CU. A Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society, he has an asteroid named in his honor. > Read more

Alumni enjoy research demos, sneak peek of Idea Forge during Homecoming

More than 100 alumni and guests dropped by on Oct. 25 to see CU-Boulder engineering research in action and check out the new Idea Forge space in the old Fleming Law Library. Visitors got to help cook chili over next-generation cookstoves, race solar-powered toy cars, “read” 3D books and more during the Back to Boulder Homecoming event.

A big thank you to all of the faculty, students and staff who gave their time to help us spread the word about all of the exciting things happening in the college!  

Donation enables eight undergrads to attend Grace Hopper conference

Eight undergraduate women from computer science got the chance to attend the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, thanks to generous support from Zayo Group. The women reported that the opportunity was life-changing, exposing them to the wide variety of career paths for computer scientists and allowing them to make invaluable industry connections.

Senior Heather Dykstra said the conference left her feeling more hopeful about her future in computer science, once she leaves the supportive environment she’s found at CU-Boulder. “I didn’t realize the support I would have after college. I know so many people now. It really changed my point of view on a lot of things.” > Read more

Honors & Awards: December 2014

The first quarter of fiscal year 2015 was the college’s best on record, with $29 million in new contracts and grants. September was a particularly good month, with almost $16 million in new awards. Congratulations to all of you!


Kristi Anseth, professor of chemical and biological engineering, was recently elected to the 3-year president line of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Anseth will serve as vice president in 2015, president in 2016 and past president in 2017.

Victor Bright, professor of mechanical engineering, and Dragan Maksimovic, professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering, have been elevated to fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Christopher Bowman and Kristi Anseth, both of chemical and biological engineering, have received a patent for biodegradable cell scaffolds for use in next-generation tissue engineering applications.

Ryan Gill, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, has received a patent for a genomic engineering tool to enable the production of eco-friendly high-value chemicals through microbe-based biorefining.

Matt Hallowell, professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, was chosen to attend the recent National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, which brings together young faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches.

Christopher Koehler, director of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, received a two-year, $499,000 award from NASA for “Colorado Space Grant Consortium Community College Extension (CCCE).”

Richard Kuchenrither, scholar in residence and director of the civil, environmental and architectural engineering department’s water engineering and management program, has received the 2014 Robert W. Hite Distinguished Leadership Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF), on behalf of Water for People.

Kristine Larson, professor of aerospace engineering sciences, and Eric Small of geological sciences have been awarded the prestigious Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Creativity Prize for Water, awarded biannually to acknowledge innovative work that contributes to the sustainable availability of water and the alleviation of the global problem of water scarcity. Larson also was was awarded the 2015 Christian Huygens Medal from the European Geosciences Union (EGU).  

Diane McKnight, professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, was awarded the 2015 John Dalton award from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for distinguished research in hydrology/earth science.

Shelly Miller, professor of mechanical engineering, and Co-PI Elisabeth Root of Geography received a three-year, $1 million grant from the EPA for “Climate Change Mitigation in Low-income Communities in Colorado: Home Weatherization Impacts on Respiratory Health and Indoor Air Quality during Wildfires.”

Charles Musgrave, professor 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.”

Richard Noble, professor of mechanical engineering, and Co-PI Douglas Gin, professor of chemical and biological engineering, received a two-year, $900,000 award from Arizona State University, with the DOE as the prime sponsor for “Energy Efficient Electrochemical Capture and Release of Carbon Dioxide.”

Victor Saouma, professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, was awarded a three-year, $653,000 grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Alkali Silica Reaction in Nuclear Reactors.”

EdTrex LLC announced an exclusive option agreement to continue to develop the E-Hub software platform created by Tamara Sumner, associate professor of computer science.


Chemical engineering PhD student Balaji Sridhar recently accepted the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award for his company, Nanoly Bioscience, Inc.

Former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless presented Jeni Sorli, a senior in chemical engineering, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation on Oct. 30.


William Doe, Coordinator for Research Opportunities, Dean’s Office

Rachel Harkness, Promotional Graphic Artist & Communications Specialist, BOLD Center

John Kelly, Business Assistant, Computer Science

Mateo Munoz, Director of BOLD Partnerships, BOLD Center

Erin Printy, Research Center & Facilities Manager, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

Melissa Wise, Director of Marketing & Communications, Dean’s Office

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