April 2011 eNotes

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Discovery Learning Apprentices to Show Work

Symposium scheduled for April 15

Discovery Learning Apprentices to Show Work

About three dozen undergraduates from across the college will present the results of their research this year at the annual Discovery Learning Research Symposium on April 15. Projects ranging from experimental bio-mechanics of tissues in pregnancy to fabrication and testing of an integrated micro cryogenic cooler will be presented by the Discovery Learning apprentices (DLAs) from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Engineering Lobby. Projects have been grouped into seven clusters, and the best research presentation in each cluster will be awarded a $100 prize.

The college will offer 45 DLA positions for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Nearly 50 faculty have submitted 65 different research projects, which are now being offered to students through the Discovery Learning website. Interested students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are encouraged to apply online by May 2; placements will be announced in June.


ConocoPhillips to Donate $3.5 Million to Biotech Building

The Houston-based energy firm ConocoPhillips has pledged to donate $3.5 million toward a wing of the new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building that will house the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

The department will be one of three CU-Boulder units to occupy the 330,000-square-foot building on the East Campus, along with the Division of Biochemistry and the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology, or CIMB. The biotech building will bring together world-class scientists and engineers working toward solutions in fields such as medicine and energy.

ConocoPhillips announced that it intends to follow up a $1 million January cash gift with future gifts of $2.5 million over the next two years. The gifts will name the ConocoPhillips Center for Energy Innovation, and bring under one roof select researchers from two CU-Boulder research programs it supports, the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, or C2B2, and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI.

CEAE Students Take First in GeoPrediction Challenge

Graduate student Erik Jensen and undergraduate William McCloy of civil engineering placed first in this year’s GeoPrediction competition sponsored by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The competition was was held at the annual Geo-Frontiers conference, held in Dallas in March.

The event challenged students to predict the axial capacity of a driven pipe pile installed off the coast of New Orleans. Jensen and McCloy placed first out of 21 entries from universities across the country. CU-Boulder students Kenneth Gillis and Devon McLay also placed in the top 10.

Honors & Awards: April 2011

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


  • Matt Hallowell of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering has been selected to receive the American Society of Civil Engineers 2011 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. He also was recognized with the ASCE 2010 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
  • Beverly Louie of the BOLD Center has been selected to receive a Marinus Smith Award from the CU Parents Association. The award honors faculty, staff, coaches and administrators who have made a significant impact on the lives of undergraduate students.
  • Kristine Larson of aerospace engineering sciences has been elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
  • Mark Ablowitz of applied math has been elected fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

The following faculty have been selected to receive Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence Awards for this year:

  • Roseanna Neupauer (CEAE) – Excellence in Teaching
  • Victor Bright (ME), John Falconer (ChBE), and Melinda Piket-May (ECEE) – Excellence in Service
  • Gregory Beylkin (ApMath) – Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work

The following faculty were awarded Dean’s Faculty Fellowships for 2011-12. The fellowships provide teaching relief for a single semester, allowing the recipient to devote time to a major project:

  • Xiao-Chuan Cai (CS)
  • William Emery and Steve Nerem  (AES)
  • Arthi Jayaraman, Ted Randolph, and Mark Stoykovich (ChBE)
  • Juliet Gopinath, Won Park, and Mahesh Varanasi (ECEE)


  • Julia Ratcliff of applied mathematics has been selected to receive the Knowles Teaching Fellowship as a member of the 2011 Mathematics Cohort. The fellowship, which is renewable annually for five years, provides for tuition, summer professional development, and a monthly stipend. 
  • Brad Cheetham of aerospace engineering sciences has been invited by the Space Foundation to serve as the master moderator for the first day of the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The event is scheduled for April 12.
  • The SOLSTICE senior projects team in aerospace engineering sciences advised by Donna Gerren will have a student paper included in this year’s CU Honors Journal. Team members will be recognized at a reception in the Norlin Library Center for British and Irish Studies on April 17.
  • Felipe Nievinski, a PhD student in aerospace engineering sciences advised by Kristine Larson, has been awarded a Geodesy Section Outstanding Student Paper Award for his presentation at the fall meeting in San Francisco.


  • Patti Gassaway of aerospace engineering sciences received the Employee Recognition Award for March.
  • Dominique De Vangel of chemical and biological engineering was selected to receive the Employee Recognition Award for April.
  • Frannie Ray-Earle of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels was selected to receive the 2011 University Staff Council Service Excellence Award for the Boulder campus.

New Faculty & Staff: April 2011

Welcome to the following new faculty and staff in the college:

  • Sarah Pittenger, general professional, chemical and biological engineering


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