September 2011 eNotes

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New Orleans Bioaerosols Research Moves Indoors

CU works with Dillard University

RECUV Exhibits Unmanned Aircraft in Washington, D.C.

CU Team invited to Capitol Hill

New Orleans Bioaerosols Research Moves Indoors

A new National Science Foundation grant led by civil and environmental engineering Professor Mark Hernandez will focus on the biological composition and toxicology of indoor aerosols in Colorado and the greater New Orleans area, including Dillard University where buildings sustained tremendous water damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The three-year $230,000 study is aimed at a comprehensive characterization of bioaerosol loads and their long-term toxicological effects. The study will include an assessment of the efficacy of applying a new generation of electrically enhanced air-filter technology to reduce indoor bioaerosol exposure.

Dillard buildings that have been previously identified as having elevated or dangerous indoor bioaerosol levels of pathogenic microbes will be retrofitted with electrostatically enhanced filters as part of the study. Dillard students also will be trained in modern bioaerosol assessment techniques.

RECUV Exhibits Unmanned Aircraft in Washington, D.C.

Aerospace engineering faculty Brian Argrow and Eric Frew were invited to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 6 and 7 to exhibit the Tempest, an unmanned aircraft system developed at CU-Boulder to collect scientific data on severe storms. The events at the National Science Foundation and on Capitol Hill were designed to showcase NSF-funded hazards research in recognition of National Preparedness Month, and in light of the recent East Coast earthquake and hurricane.

Students and faculty at the college's Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles, or RECUV, teamed with researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to achieve the first interception of a supercell thunderstorm with an unmanned vehicle, the Tempest, as part of the VOTEX2 field campaign last year.

DEAA Nominations Accepted Through October

Do you know of an outstanding alumnus or friend of the college who deserves to be recognized for his or her outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and significant contributions to the engineering field and/or the college? Nominate him or her for the college’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, the college’s top alumni honor.

Nominations are open and being accepted through October 31 for awards to be given in spring 2012. Visit the DEAA website for award details and nomination form.   


Honors & Awards: September 2011

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


  • Lucy Pao of electrical, computer, and energy engineering has been elected member of the IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors for 2011-2013. The society has approximately 10,000 members.
  • Mahmoud Hussein and Sedat Biringen of aerospace engineering sciences were awarded a three-year $520,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Interdisciplinary Research program for their proposal on Phononic Surfaces for Flow Control. The IR program funds transformative, interdisciplinary proposals with a domain of research that is beyond the scope of a single division of the engineering directorate.
  • William Emery of aerospace engineering sciences has been elected a fellow of the American Astronautical Society. The award will be presented in Houston on Nov. 16.


  • Brian Ibeling, Chris Nie and Sushia Rahimizadeh of the Colorado Space
  • Grant Consortium went to Ft. Sumner, New Mexico in September to assist with the launch of the High-Altitude Student Platform (HASP), a NASA-supported program involving a high-altitude balloon and a dozen compact student payloads.
  • Robert Elder, a graduate student in chemical and biological engineering working with Arthi Jayaraman, received the American Chemical Society’s Peter Kollman Graduate Award in Supercomputing.
  • Nathan Nelson, a graduate student in chemical and biological engineering working with Dan Schwartz, won the Best Poster Award in the Colloids Division from the American Chemical Society.

New Faculty & Staff: September 2011

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

  • Lynn Melms, Human Resources Coordinator, Dean's Office
  • Courtney Staufer, Director of Alumni Relations, Dean's Office
  • Melinda Seevers, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Engineering Development



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