December 2013 eNotes

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Engineering Alumni Come 'Back to Boulder'

Alums enjoy lab tours, classes, more

CU Aerospace Students Dominate National Award

Seven students win top honor

CU Aerospace Students Dominate National Award

Seven University of Colorado Boulder aerospace engineering students are among 20 top students recognized by a new national award honoring tomorrow’s engineering leaders sponsored by Penton’s Aviation Week in partnership with Raytheon. The “Twenty20s” awards honor the academic achievements and leadership of top engineering, math, science, and technology students.

CU-Boulder doctoral candidates Paul Anderson, Brad Cheetham, Jake Gamsky, Erin Griggs, and Dan Lubey, and BS/MS students Kirstyn Johnson and Mike Lotto were honored during Aviation Week’s annual Aerospace & Defense Programs Conference in November. “All of them bring incredible passion and impressive technical skills to their classwork and to an extensive portfolio of professional and extracurricular activities,” said Penina Axelrad, chair of CU-Boulder’s Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. “Each is on a fast track to making remarkable contributions in fields like space exploration and satellite-based Earth observations.”

From commercial spaceflight to spacecraft design and human spaceflight life-support technology, the high-profile projects and research portfolios of the seven students cover a wide range of critical issues facing the field of aerospace engineering today.

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High School Students Have Smashing Time at CU

One hundred and forty-five freshmen in Centaurus High School’s introduction to engineering class visited the CU-Boulder campus in late November to test how much pressure the 22-inch acrylic towers they designed could withstand before being smashed to pieces by a hydraulic press machine. CU engineering graduate students who volunteer with the TEAMS Program (Tomorrow's Engineers... creAte. iMagine. Succeed.) and staff from the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program hosted the outreach event as part of a partnership program designed to excite kids at local schools about engineering, math, and science and to familiarize them with CU and the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

In addition to the smash tests, the visiting students made circuits in a project led by SparkFun Electronics, a Boulder company owned by CU alumnus Nathan Seidle (ElecEngr ‘04), and joined current engineering students on a tour of campus.

Engineering Alumni Come 'Back to Boulder'

Several engineering faculty and graduate students played host to college alumni, parents, prospective students, and other guests who came “Back to Boulder” for CU’s 2013 homecoming weekend. The College of Engineering and Applied Science hosted more than 30 guests for the sold-out CU Engineering Lab Sampler, a tour featuring seven different research labs in the Engineering Center and Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building. Guests enjoyed brief demonstrations and an introduction to cutting-edge research related to health, energy, robotics, drones, and more.

College faculty also made seats available to alumni visitors in more than a dozen engineering classes for the second year of "Classes Without Quizzes." A large crowd of students, faculty, and community members turned out to hear featured alumni speaker David Lewis (CivEngr ’78) give a talk hosted by the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. Lewis and two other engineering alumni were honored at the Alumni Association’s annual awards banquet: Marco Campos (CivEngr ’98) - Kalpana Chawla Award, Scott Donnelly (CompSci, ElEngr ’84) - Alumni Recognition Award, and David Lewis - George Norlin Award.

Honors & Awards: December 2013

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


Kristi Anseth of chemical and biological engineering was honored with the Society for Biological Engineering’s 2013 James E. Bailey Award.

Clarence “Skip” Ellis, professor emeritus of computer science, received a Fulbright grant to teach a semester course at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana, starting in January 2014. His course - World Simulation: Culture, Technology and Ethics - will examine how various governments around the world work, teasing out ethical, economic, social and political factors.

Professor Eric Frew of aerospace engineering sciences was named to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellows class of 2014.

Professor Karl Linden of environmental engineering was named president of the International Ultraviolet Association.

Professor Rich Noble received the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) 2013 Innovator of the Year Award this month at the IChemE Awards and Annual Dinner in the United Kingdom.

Dan Scheeres and Jim Voss of aerospace engineering sciences were elected fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Chemical and Biological Engineering Department Chair and Alfred T. and Betty E. Look Professor Dan Schwartz has been elected to the Chair line of the American Chemical Society's Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry. He will serve as vice chair in 2014, chair elect in 2015, division chair in 2016, and past chair in 2017.

Associate Dean of Education Diane Sieber received the 2013 CU Excellence in Leadership Award.


Graduate student Alan Aguirre was the AIChE Featured Young Professional (YP) for the month of November. Aguirre works on photopolymerization reaction characterization under the advisement of Professor Jeff Stansbury.

Mechanical engineering PhD student Jacob Dove was named the 2013-14 Thomas & Brenda Geers Graduate Fellowship recipient.

Graduate student Robert Elder received a 2013 AIChE Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) annual Graduate Student Award.

Chemical engineering graduate student Chern-Hooi Lim was one of five students nationwide to win a fall 2013 American Chemical Society Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award for Graduate Students.

Civil, environmental, and architectural engineering student Anthony Pualani received the Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award from the Nuckolls Fund.

Chemical and biological engineering undergraduates Kayla Weston and Rachel Viger and graduate student Staci Van Norman won poster contest awards at the AIChE 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Weston took first place in the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division for her poster “A Method for Clean H2 Generation from Solar Heat and Water.” Viger took third place in the Computing, Simulation and Process Control Division for her poster “Theoretical Model of a Thermochemical Metal Oxide Cycle for Hydrogen Production.” Van Norman took second place in the Particle Technology Forum Graduate Competition for her poster “Radically New Deposition of Co Particles.”

New Faculty and Staff: December 2013

Welcome to the new faculty and staff who have joined the college:

Sean Quinlan, Grants Manager, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Melissa Dozier, Research Support Assistant, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Molly Riddell, Manager of Large Proposals, Dean’s Office

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