March 2011 eNotes

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BOLD Center Sponsors Second Annual Industry Night

Students gain insight into careers

BOLD Center Sponsors Second Annual Industry Night

About 60 engineering students attended Industry Night at the Discovery Learning Center on Feb. 23, an event sponsored by the BOLD Center to give students more insight into the daily activities of professional engineers. The event was the second such event sponsored for students this academic year. A third Industry Night is being planned for April 5.

Brief talks were given on a variety of topics, ranging from a day in the life of an aerospace engineer to applying a chemical engineering degree at a brewery. With seven different presentations at three different times, students could mix and match, selecting the talks that interested them the most. At the end of the evening, students enjoyed talking one-on-one with the engineers about their careers while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Thank you  to industry speakers Lisa Hardaway of Ball Aerospace, Celeste Cizik of EMC Engineers/Eaton Corp., Chris Chastain of Lockheed Martin, Josh Engel of InfoPrint Solutions Co., Jeff Jenkins of Anheuser-Busch, John Mollenkopf of MarkWest Energy Partners, and Candace Vaughn of Shell for volunteering their time.

College Launches Engineering Leadership Program

The college is introducing a new program this fall enabling undergraduate students to earn an Engineering Leadership Certificate at graduation. The program is already seeing interest from top students and is expected to become a good recruiting tool.

To obtain the certificate, a student must demonstrate leadership through academics as well as practical experience as a leader in team-based projects.  Students also must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills through interaction with a mentor and production of a portfolio of leadership experiences.

Applications for the program will be accepted starting this fall.  For more information, go to the Engineering Leadership site.

Building Optimization Software Makes Impact on Energy Use

Building energy optimization software jointly created by architectural engineering Professor Gregor Henze and the Chicago-based company Clean Urban Energy is creating large-scale energy and cost savings while introducing demand flexibility into the urban electric grid.

The technology is part of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that manipulates the performance and electric demand of a building’s heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system by harnessing thermal mass-- the mass in and of the building, such as structure, furniture, and books.

Once the optimization system has determined how energy is stored and released by the building’s thermal mass, it implements strategies that optimize the building’s HVAC operations as a function of electricity prices, hourly temperatures, humidity, solar radiation, and carbon emissions.  

Clean Urban Energy demonstrated the technology in several  large commercial buildings in the Chicago area in 2009, and in 2010, used the software to optimize two office buildings in the Chicago Loop totaling 1.94 million square feet. The company recently completed a licensing agreement with CU granting it the exclusive right to commercialize the software algorithm.

Honors & Awards: March 2011

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


  • Scott Bunch and Virginia Ferguson of mechanical engineering have been selected to receive NSF CAREER Awards. Bunch’s award is for Atomic Scale Defect Engineering in Graphene Membranes.  Ferguson’s award is titled, Reverse-Engineering the Bone-Cartilage Interface for Successful Joint Repair – Coupled with a New Program to Promote Diversity in Rehabilitative Bioengineering.
  • Evan Chang of computer science has been selected to receive an NSF CAREER Award for Cooperative Program Analysis: Bridging the Gap Between User and Tool Reasoning.
  • Bernard Amadei of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was selected to receive the Robert L. Stearns Award from the CU Alumni Association. The award will be presented May 4.
  • David Klaus of aerospace engineering sciences has been designated a University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar.
  • Rich Noble of chemical and biological engineering has been selected to receive the Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award at the 2011 meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, and to have his lecture published in Chemical Engineering Education.


  • Sharon Anderson of mechanical engineering was selected to receive the Employee Recognition Award for February.

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