May 2012 eNotes

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Component Design Class Showcases Adaptive Bikes

Children with disabilities enjoy custom toys...

Component Design Class Showcases Adaptive Bikes

Students in the junior-level mechanical engineering Component Design course showcased an array of bicycles they modified for use by children with disabilities. Instructor Daria Kotys-Schwartz directed the effort after students indicated they wanted to do a project with lasting impact.

BOLD Center Wins CACMA Award

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs (CACMA) will recognize the BOLD Center with its 2012 CACMA Diversity Service Recognition Award. The award will be presented at the 27th annual Equity & Excellence Banquet.

This annual award is given to campus units to recognize their continuing efforts to create a diverse and supporting, learning, working, and living environment, as well as their commitment to promoting an understanding of multicultural issues. 

Specifically, BOLD team will be recognized for its efforts toward “achieving parity in diversity between CU engineering students and the greater Colorado population” through programming such as the GoldShirt Program, Residential Living and Learning Communities, BOLD Participation Scholarships, Summer Bridge, and industry mentoring and networking.

CU Takes Third in Design/Build/Fly

CU Engineering team H2BuffalO won the $1,000 third-place prize in the annual Student Design/Build/Fly Competition in Wichita, Kansas, April 13-15. Severe weather extended through two of the three competition days, shortening the competition so that final results were based only on the students’ written reports and scores of each team’s first two flight opportunities.

The DBF Competition, which encourages and recognizes excellence in aerospace engineering skills at the undergraduate and graduate level, drew 55 teams from 28 states and 12 foreign countries. Cessna Aircraft, Raytheon Missile Systems, and the AIAA Foundation sponsor the event each year.

The CU student team, advised by James Mack, Donna Gerren, and Brian Argrow, included students Garrett Hennig, Carl Marvin, Matthew Slavik, Andrew Moorman , John Marcantonio, Christopher Coviello, Jacob Varhus, Cameron Trussell, Grant Boerhave, Dominique Gaudyn, Matthew Zeigler, Joshua Smith, and Jake Adams.

CMU-CU Partnership Program Celebrates First Graduates

The first nine graduates of the Colorado Mesa University-University of Colorado Partnership Program in mechanical engineering will be among the approximately 500 students receiving CU engineering degrees this month.

The CMU-CU students have attended classes full-time in Grand Junction, but they will get their degrees from CU-Boulder under the program directed by CU faculty member Tim Brower.

The partnership was established four years ago with the help of CU alumnus Arch Archuleta, and currently has 116 students at different stages of completion, along with 122 pre-engineering students who have expressed interest in the program.

Graduating this spring are Jeff Allen, Pace Bates, Zach Black, Aaron Clymer, Will Lustombo, Thomas Martens, Jeremy Styers, Greg Wall, and Derek West.

Clymer said he chose to attend the CMU-CU engineering program because it enabled him to earn a degree from CU while enjoying the smaller, more personal environment offered at Colorado Mesa.  “The name really carries a lot of weight,” he said, adding that he also enjoyed small class sizes and “a lot of face time with instructors.”

Six of the nine graduates had already secured jobs a week before graduation.

Honors & Awards: May 2012

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


  • Matt Hallowell of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering was selected to receive the John and Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award from the college.
  • Ryan Starkey of aerospace engineering sciences was selected to receive the outstanding faculty advisor award from the college.
  • Jason Marden of electrical, computer, and energy engineering received the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council, recognizing an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control. His citation is for “outstanding contributions to game theoretic methods for distributed and networked control systems.”
  • Frank Kreith, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, delivered a plenary talk on sustainable energy at the 2011 ASME Congress that will appear as the lead article in the May issue of ASME’s Mechanical Engineering Magazine.  He also was selected to receive the Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award from the American Solar Energy Society, an award that will be presented at the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver in May.
  • Melinda Piket-May of electrical, computer, and energy engineering will receive the Distinguished Service Award from CU’s Faculty Council.
  • Lakshmi Kantha of aerospace engineering sciences has published a new book, Migration on Wings – Aerodynamics and Energetics, published by Springer.
  • Daven Henze of mechanical engineering was selected to receive the Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Teaching Award.
  • John McCartney received the James R. Croes Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers for his paper on “Centrifuge Permeameter for Unsaturated Soils: Theoretical Basis and Experimental Developments.”


  • Dominique de Vangel of chemical and biological engineering was selected to receive the college’s Outstanding Staff Advisor Award.
  • Lelei Finau-Starkey of the BOLD Center was selected to receive the Outstanding Advising Award for Academic Advising-Primary Role from the National Academic Advising Association. She will be recognized at the group’s annual conference in October.
  • Ann Greco of chemical and biological engineering was selected to receive the Employee Recognition Award for April.


The following “Outstanding Graduate” awards will be presented at the May 10 Engineering Recognition Ceremony:

  • Outstanding Graduate of the College: Bailey Leppek, BS in environmental engineering
  • Outstanding Graduate for Research: Alexander Turner, BS in mechanical engineering, minor in applied mathematics
  • Outstanding Graduate for Service: Aaron Young, BS/MS in aerospace engineering sciences
  • Outstanding Graduate for International Service: Tamara Relph, BS/MS in environmental engineering/civil engineering
  • Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement: Steven Vogel, BS in mechanical engineering
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award: Dan Knights, PhD in computer science

Other student awards include:

  • Holly Borowski, a graduate student in aerospace engineering sciences, was just awarded one of five 2012 NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Graduate Awards.
  • Dan Lubey, a PhD candidate in aerospace engineering sciences, has been awarded an NDSEG fellowship from the Department of Defense. Lubey and fellow graduate student David Suovik also received NSTRF fellowships from NASA.
  • Felipe Nievinski of aerospace engineering sciences has been awarded an outstanding student paper award by the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union for his presentation at the 2011 fall meeting.
  • Weichao Tu and Xianjing Liu of aerospace engineering sciences received outstanding student paper awards from the Space Physics & Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union.
  • John Lanz of computer science was received the department’s Domino Award presented by alumnus Herb Morreale.
  • Bryan Barnhart, Brian Ibeling, Chris Nie, and Sushia Rahmizadeh won a paper session prize at the annual Colorado Space Grant Undergraduate Space Research Symposium in April for their paper , “Selective Pointing Apparatus for Research of Turbulence and Atmospheric Noise Variation” (SPARTAN-V).
  • Quinn McGehan, Mike Mozingo, Michael Trowbridge, and Megan O’Sullivan won a poster prize at the annual Colorado Space Grant Undergraduate Space Research Symposium in April for their poster, “A Distributed Common Ground Segment for Educational Nanosatellites.”

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