October 2011 eNotes

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Construction Continues on Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

New building is on East Campus

Construction Continues on Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

Construction of the new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building continues on the East Campus this fall. CU-Boulder expects to take possession of the building Feb. 8, after which faculty from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biofrontiers Institute, and Division of BIochemistry can start to move in. Private fundraising is continuing as the structure is built out.



Scholarships Make Big Impact

The college will honor engineering scholarship recipients and the many donors whose gifts make these scholarships possible at the annual Engineering Scholarship Banquet on Oct. 14. The college awarded scholarships to 985 students for 2011-12; about 100 students and 78 donors are expected to attend the banquet.

More than $2.2 million in scholarships will be awarded this year, up from $1.6 million last year. The college doubled the number of scholarship offers to students admitted for Fall 2011, and included $543,000 in freshmen merit awards (up from $236,000 last year) and $213,000 in BOLD freshmen awards (up from $68,000 last year).

In addition to helping individual students to continue their education, this year's scholarship awards have resulted in the most highly qualified and most diverse first-year class in history. The college's Fall 2011 entering class includes 26.2 percent women and 15.1 percent underrepresented students, the highest percentages ever in both categories. Twenty-two Boettcher semi-finalists also enrolled as CU engineering freshmen this year, compared with 8 last year. The entering class had an average combined SAT of 1291 and an average composite ACT of 29.1, which also are the highest ever. The college plans to continue the increased level of scholarship awards if funding is available.

ARCS Luncheon to be Hosted at CU-Boulder

Thirty-five recipients of the Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) scholarship from Colorado schools will be honored at the annual ARCS luncheon, hosted this year at CU-Boulder on Nov. 9. Among the recipients are CU engineering students Jennifer Mindock of aerospace engineering sciences, Brandi Briggs of mechanical engineering, Daniel Knights of computer science, and Dane Taylor of applied mathematics.

Civil engineering Professor Bernard Amadei also will be honored at this year's banquet as the ARCS Foundation Honoree of the Year for 2011-12 in recognition of his contributions to the scientific community.

DANDE Passes Launch Milestone

Colorado Space Grant students participated in a launch manifest review of the DANDE satellite on Oct. 5 with representatives from the Department of Defense Space Test Program and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. CU-Boulder students designed and built DANDE, a spherical, low Earth orbiting satellite designed to measure drag in the upper atmosphere.

Twenty undergraduate students who currently comprise the DANDE satellite team represented the project for its Oct. 5 review, which marks the first milestone. The DANDE satellite is currently manifested to launch in March 2012 on a SpaceX Falcon 9.

Honors & Awards: October 2011

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


  • Will Medlin of chemical and biological engineering was selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's third Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. The event will be held Nov. 13-16 in Irvine, California.
  • Mark Hernandez of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was invited to be a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for a two-year period, 2012 -2014.
  • Jeffrey Forbes of aerospace engineering sciences received a $4.5 million research award from the National Science Foundation's Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics program to investigate electrical connections and consequences within the Earth System. He also won a $2 million award from NASA to participate in the European Space Agency Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Mission, with his focus being to measure and understand the atmospheric wind and density variability associated with the "space weather" of the satellite orbit environment.
  • John McCartney of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was selected by the International Geosynthetics Society for publishing the best paper in 2010 in the Geosynthetics International Journal.
  • Dean's Awards were presented in September to the following faculty:
    Jeff Thayer, aerospace engineering sciences, Outstanding Teaching Award
    Dan Scheeres, aerospace engineering sciences, Outstanding Research Award
    Matt Hallowell, civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
    Penina Axelrad, aerospace engineering sciences, Professional Progress Award
  • Scott Summers of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was awarded a Dean's Faculty Fellowship for the spring 2012 semester.


  • Stephanie Morris of computer science received the Employee Recognition Award for September.

New Faculty & Staff: October 2011

Welcome to the following new instructors and scholars in the college:

  • Andrew Crain, Scholar-in Residence, ITP
  • Margaret MacMillan, Scholar-in Residence, Engineering Management
  • Steven Ouellette, Instructor, Engineering Management
  • Carmen Pacheco-Borden, Instructor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Elizabeth White, Instructor, Computer Science

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