February 2012 eNotes

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CU's STEM Education Efforts Recognized

CU one of 34 new members of 100Kin10

CU's STEM Education Efforts Recognized

CU-Boulder is one of 34 new members nationwide selected to join the innovative organization, 100Kin10, which is committed to recruiting, preparing and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers over the next 10 years. CU was added to the partner membership of 100Kin10 following a rigorous vetting process.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Education will work together to establish and disseminate a replicable national model whereby engineering students can complete both an ABET-accredited, design-focused engineering degree and a teacher licensure program in secondary mathematics or science.

"We are thrilled to have CU recognized for its STEM leadership, and we look forward to enhancing our CU Teach program to include a streamlined engineering degree designed to support simultaneous secondary school teacher licensure in science or mathematics," said Associate Dean Jackie Sullivan.

The 100Kin10 movement was launched in June 2011 with an initial pledge by partners to raise $20 million to support the creative and strategic efforts of partner organizations to expand the nation’s STEM teaching force. The group’s 115 partners will meet Feb. 21 in Washington, D.C., for the first partner summit.

Space Grant Team Wins Payload on HASP Balloon

A CU Space Grant team comprised of 13 freshmen and sophomores won a seat for its payload on the 2012 High-Altitude Student Platform balloon flight.

HASP is designed to carry up to 12 student payloads to an altitude of 36 kilometers with flight durations of 15 to 36 hours. The CU Space Grant team won one of the four coveted large payloads, more typically won by graduate student projects.

The HASP program is facilitated by Louisiana Space Consortium and supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office. CU students submitted their proposal for the competition in December as a follow-on from the fall ASEN 2500 Gateway to Space class.  

The new CU HASP team includes aerospace students Gabrielle Massone (project manager), Glenda Alvarenga (systems engineer), Jacob Broadway, Greg McQuie, Dalton Smith, Janelle Montoya, Gloria Chen, Corey Wilson, Calder Lane, and Jannine Vela, along with Vincent Staverosky of mechanical, open option student Nicole Ela, and James Busse in astronomy.

Project Helios will image the sun in Hydrogen-Alpha and Infrared wavelengths utilizing customized optics and an active pointing system.  Mentors for the project include Dr. James Green of the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy.

CU-Boulder Hosts Brazil Students through Science Without Borders Program

Nineteen students from Brazil are studying engineering at CU-Boulder this semester as part of the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders Program, which is aimed at enhancing the education of top students in STEM fields.

About 650 Brazilian undergraduates are participating in the program administered by the Institute of International Education in New York, at more than 100 host colleges across the United States. The students receive scholarships to study for three semesters, or two semesters plus an internship, before completing their degrees in Brazil, according to Sherry Snyder, college director of student programs and international affairs.

The Brazilian students at CU are enrolled through the Division of Continuing Education and taking courses in engineering, business, and arts and sciences. Additional students will come in next fall and spring.

Honors & Awards: February 2012

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


  • Diane McKnight of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She was recognized for “elucidating the interrelationship between natural organic matter and heavy metals in streams and lakes.”
  • Jason Marden of electrical, computer, and energy engineering has been awarded an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award. The grant is one of 48 awarded to scientists and engineers from a field of 200 proposals.
  • Bernard Amadei of civil, environmental, and archtiectural engineering, who was recently appointed a science envoy by the U.S. State Department, has been awarded a Dean's Faculty Fellowship for the spring semester.
  • Amy Javernick-Will of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering received an Outstanding Presentation award at the 2011 Engineering Project Organizations Conference. 
  • Jean Koster of aerospace engineering sciences and graduate student Lydia McDowell received the Best Paper Award from the AIAA Design Engineering Technical Committee for their presentation on the Hyperion Green Aircraft Project.
  • John Daily of mechanical engineering was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • William Emery of aerospace engineering sciences was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
  • Jeffrey Forbes of aerospace engineering sciences was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Mark Borden of mechanical engineering was invited to give talks on his research in microbubbles at the 17th European Ultrasound Contrast Symposium in Rotterdam sponsored by Erasmus Medical Center, and at the Institute of Biomedical Imaging at Oxford University, in January.
  • Penny Axelrad of aerospace engineering sciences has received the Institute of Navigation Burka Award for the best technical article having appeared in the journal Navigation in the last year. Her paper was titled Collective Detection and Direct Positioning Using Multiple GNSS Satellites.


  • Jessica Kaminsky, a PhD student in civil engineering, was awarded the EPA Star Fellowship.
  • Elizabeth Jordan in civil engineering received the Outstanding PhD Student award at the 2011 Engineering Project Organizations Conference.


  • Araceli Warren of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was selected to receive the Employee Recognition Award for January.

New Faculty & Staff: February 2012

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

  • Victoria Masaki, Administrative Assistant, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Carrie Olson, Administrative Assistant, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
  • Walter Beamer, Instructor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering 

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