May 2011 eNotes

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Mechanical Engineering 'Eco-Marathon' Team Surpasses 1,000 MPG


FAA Dedicates Center for Commercial Space Transportation


Design Showcase


Design Showcase

Engineering students donned their best clothes and put their work on display to sponsors and the general public at various college and department design expos in April. Dozens of industry representatives attended the events, which included the college-wide Engineering Design Expo at the ITL Laboratory, and senior design expos hosted by the aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering departments.

AES Senior Projects Sweep AIAA Regional Awards

For the second year in a row, CU aerospace engineering sciences senior projects swept first, second and third place in the team category at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Region V Student Conference. The conference was held April 6-8, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, one of 10 states in the region from Missouri to Montana:

First place and going to Nationals: SOLSTICE  (Standalone-electric Optimized Lifting System,  Transitional Internal Combustion Engine, advisor:  Donna Gerren)

Second place: HALO (HySoR Apparatus for Launch Operations, advisor:  David Klaus)

Third place: EPICSat (Express Payload Integration CubeSat, advisor:  Hank Scott)

Mechanical Engineering 'Eco-Marathon' Team Surpasses 1,000 MPG

The CU mechanical engineering senior design Eco-Marathon team was one of only seven teams to break the 1,000 mile per gallon barrier at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas race, with a run of 1,008 miles per gallon. The team placed 7th out of 61 teams competing in this year’s event, held April 14-17 in Houston, Texas. The event, which CU has entered for the last four years, challenges high school and college student teams to design, build, and test energy-efficient vehicles.

Congratulations to undergraduate team members Chris Doudna, Travis Ochsner, Wayne Russell, Brittany Fedderson (pictured at left), graduate student volunteer Kane Chinnel, and advisors Marcelo Bergquist and Greg Potts for their fine performance.

FAA Dedicates Center for Commercial Space Transportation

A strong turnout of government officials, aerospace industry leaders, faculty, and students joined in dedicating the new FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation April 29.

The new center, led by Professor David Klaus with involvement from several other aerospace engineering faculty, is focused on research to assist in the safe development of the commercial space transportation industry.

Graduate student Brad Cheetham (pictured above) said the center already has begun work to improve the safety of space transportation by investigating vehicle design, orbital debris, and the space environment.

Honors & Awards: May 2011

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


  • Juan Rodriguez of electrical, computer, and energy engineering has been selected to receive an honorary degree at University Commencement.
  • Daria Kotys-Schwartz of mechanical engineering has been selected to receive the John and Mercedes Peebles Award at the May 5 Engineering Recognition Ceremony.
  • Bernard Amadei of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, will be awarded an honorary degree at Clarkson University this month.
  • Jacquelyn Sullivan, associate dean, has been elected Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. The honor will be conferred at the annual ASEE conference in June in Vancouver. She joins former CU engineering faculty Klaus Timmerhaus and William Krantz in receiving the distinction.
  • Ryan Starkey of aerospace engineering sciences received the Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Teaching Award, presented at the Engineering Design Expo on April 23.
  • Gregor Henze of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering will be recognized by the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association May 26 as a leading researcher who is moving new technologies into the marketplace.
  • Karl Linden of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, was appointed to a three-year term as a trustee for the Water Science and Research Division of the American Water Works Association.


The following students received the college’s outstanding student awards for spring 2011:

  • Samantha Johnson (ChBE), Outstanding Graduate Overall
  • Anil Damle (ApMath/ECEE), Outstanding Graduate for Research
  • Ben Limmer (CS), Outstanding Graduate for Service
  • John Wanberg (CEAE), Outstanding Graduate for International Service
  • Cody Cichowitz (ApMath), Kevin Fiedler (EPhys), and Shelley Collins (CEAE), Academic Achievement Award
  • Nicholas Pedatella (AES), Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Rudy Kahsar of chemical and biological engineering won the 2011 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in April.
  • CU engineering students David Appelhans, Liza Boyle, Matthew Cannella, Anil Damle, David Eason, Michael Frazier, Vicki Hsu, Samantha Jo Johnson, Julie Ann Korak, Austa Marie Parker, Aaron Rosengren, Stacey Skaalure, Melissa Stewart, and Janet Tsai, along with incoming student Antonella Albuja, have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
  • Mitch Clement, a master’s student in civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, has been awarded a Hydro Research Fellowship from the Hydro Research Foundation, under a grant from the Department of Energy. His research with Professor Edie Zagona at the Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Systems will focus on developing and demonstrating a methodology to assess the potential value of integrating conventional and pumped-storage hydropower with wind generation.


  • Christina Vallejos of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was selected to receive the Employee Recognition Award for May.

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