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TeachEngineering Collection Hits 100,000 Mark

Activities used in K-12 classes around world...

Bernard Amadei Named U.S. Science Envoy

Professor appointed by U.S. Secretary of State...

Bernard Amadei Named U.S. Science Envoy

Pakistan and Tunisia are among the countries Professor Bernard Amadei expects to visit in 2013 as one of three U.S. Science Envoys appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at CU-Boulder and is the founder of Engineers Without Borders-USA. He joins professors Susan Hockfield of MIT and Barbara Schaal of Washington University in St. Louis, to make up the third cohort of Science Envoys since the program’s inception in 2009.

The scientists will seek to deepen existing ties, foster new relationships with foreign counterparts and discuss potential areas of collaboration that will help address global challenges and realize shared goals, according to the State Department announcement.

The Science Envoys travel in their capacity as private citizens and advise the White House, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. scientific community about the insights they gain from their travels and interactions.

Amadei said he hopes to help “create a new mindset of collaboration” through a blend of diplomacy, science and engineering. >>Listen to Colorado Public Radio interview by Ryan Warner

TeachEngineering Collection Hits 100,000 Mark

The TeachEngineering digital library collection developed under the leadership of CU Engineering Associate Dean Jackie Sullivan has hit the 100,000 mark in unique visitors in a single month, hinting at its wide impact around the world.

TeachEngineering was created as a free resource to help teachers make engineering come alive in their science and math classrooms and to infuse engineering concepts, hands-on experiences, and language into the everyday experiences of K-12 youth. Led by CU, the nine-person TeachEngineering team is distributed among several institutions, including Oregon State and Duke universities.

Usage patterns suggest that most users of the collection are K-12 teachers, and while 58 percent of visits to TeachEngineering over the last year originated in the United States, users came from more than 100 countries, including tens of thousands from the United Kingdom, India, Canada, Philippines, and Australia. In the U.S., California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida topped the list by state.

"I just came across this great website,,” a K-4 technology facilitator in New Jersey wrote in her blog. “It offers a massive collection of outstanding lesson plans devoted to the science of engineering -- of all kinds -- specifically for kids. You can search by keyword, national or state standards, subject, or curriculum topic... ...VERY cool stuff. The lessons are probably the most sophisticated and well-designed I've seen. And, it's all free."

The collection includes more than 1,130 K-12 engineering lessons and activities, with NSF-grantee authors from 30 different institutions. New lessons and activities are being submitted, reviewed, and published continually, a process managed by research assistant Carleigh Samson, while Denise Carlson works behind the scenes to respond to the many user and author requests received daily.

ArchE Students Volunteer on Habitat Project

Sixteen members of the Architectural Engineering Institute student chapter made a difference in a family’s life by helping to build their new home in Lafayette. During the Habitat for Humanity work day on Oct. 6, the students worked on a drainage system outside the edge of the foundation and removed concrete forms from the foundation walls. Students worked with dedication and enthusiasm in spite of a cold and snowy weather, according to faculty advisor Sandra Vásconez.

With generous financial support from the dean of engineering, the CEAE department chair, and industry organizations such as JVA Consulting Engineers and RMH Group, AEI also was able to help with the purchase of some construction materials necessary to build the house that the students worked on. Thanks to the chapter’s officers ― Mio Stanley, Ellen Becker, and Jon Schneck ― who organized the effort.

Haiti Green Energy Program Launches in November

The Green Energy vocational training program developed for Haiti by CU engineering students and faculty this year was kicked off by the NEGES Foundation in November.

Thirteen Haitian students enrolled in the first month-long training program, which is being taught by NEGES instructors, and scholarships were in place for nearly all of the students.

CU engineering faculty Alan Mickelson and Mike Hannigan along with students Matt Hulse, Joanna Gordon, Nathan Canney, and others conducted a needs assessment last year and then developed a curriculum, including hands-on exercises, that covers the installation, operations and maintenance of solar, wind and hydropower renewable energy systems.

Honors & Awards: December 2012

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


Matthew Hallowell of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering has received an NSF CAREER Award for Predictive Modeling of Construction Injuries in Complex Environments.

Lucy Pao of electrical, computer, and energy engineering has been chosen to receive the 2012 Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award with co-author Kathryn Johnson (PhD ElecEngr ’04) for their paper on “Control of Wind Turbines: Approaches, Challenges, and Recent Developments.” The award will be presented at the IEEE conference in December.

Michael Lightner of electrical, computer, and energy engineering was elected to serve another term as IEEE vice president for educational activities.


Sharon Anderson of mechanical engineering and Jessica Feld of computer science were selected to participate in this year’s University Perspective Program. Participants for the staff development opportunity were selected based on their experience, expertise, and commitment to the institution.

Timothy May of the ITLL and Brian Sanders of Space Grant were among five CU-Boulder staff selected to receive the 2012 Chancellor’s Employee of the Year Award. The award, which includes a $1,500 prize, recognizes exceptional job performance and distinguished contributions to the campus community.


Jun Liu and Xiaokun Gu of mechanical engineering received travel awards to attend the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Expositio in Houston, Nov. 9-15, and won the first and second prizes at the IMECE poster competition.

Joel Jones of environmental engineering was selected as the December 2012 Outstanding Graduate of the College.

Douglas Winter of environmental engineering was selected as Outstanding Graduate for Research.

Mason Lacy of civil engineering was selected to receive the Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement

New Faculty & Staff: December 2012

Welcome to the new faculty and staff who are joining the college:

Dan Watson, academic programs coordinator, Dean’s Office

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