August 2013 eNotes

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RMLA Hosts Summer Lighting Course for Professionals

David DiLaura serves as master teacher

Haiti Graduates First Class from Sustainable Energy Institute

CU Engineering team designed curriculum

Ambassador Meets with Brazilian Students at CU

15 students in Scientific Mobility Program

Ambassador Meets with Brazilian Students at CU

As one of the inaugural schools selected to participate in Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program, CU-Boulder was pleased to host Brazilian Ambassador to the United States Mauro Vieira, and his accompanying Secretary Cho Russo, on July 17. Ambassador Vieira and Secretary Russo visited with 15 Brazilian students who receive undergraduate scholarships in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for one year of study and internships.

 “The Scientific Mobility students were eager to convey their enthusiasm for the program and their hope that funding for the initiative will continue so that other Brazilian students will have the opportunity to study abroad,” said Anne K. Heinz, dean of Continuing Education, which administers the program in partnership with the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences. “These are wonderfully talented students and we have been delighted to host them.”

Brazilian students taking engineering courses at CU-Boulder through the program include Maira Sabadin Batista, Guilherme Bispo, Manuela Brandao, Lucas De Brito, Joao Guilherme Cavalcanti, Christopher Goncalves, Tiago Lucas Gouveia, Bruno Prada, Pedro Henrique Cheruti Thome, Fabio Cabral de Oliveira, and Gean Paulo Superati.

Haiti Graduates First Class from Sustainable Energy Institute

The first class of students has graduated from the Sustainable Energy Institute in Leogane, Haiti, a program supported with a curriculum developed by CU Engineering faculty and students.

The course was a great success, and the curriculum is likely to be adopted as the standard for all solar energy educational programs in Haiti, according to B.J. Ward, a CU graduate student in environmental engineering with the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities.

CU professors Alan Mickelson and Michael Hannigan, and students Michael Taylor, Matt Hulse, Joanna Gordon, Nathan Canney, and others were involved in developing the vocational training program for the country.

The new grads are going onto internships with Enersa, the only the only Haitian manufacturer and installer of solar panels, where they will be able to apply their classroom knowledge to real solar installation projects throughout Haiti.

RMLA Hosts Summer Lighting Course for Professionals

The Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy (RMLA), a provider of continuing education for lighting professionals, hosted its first summer lighting course in June. Sixteen participants from around the country and Malaysia spent four days at CU-Boulder learning in depth the technical aspects of lighting.

"Few technical lighting courses are available to professionals, so there was a clear need for a comprehensive continuing education program in lighting,” senior instructor Sandra Vásconez said about the formulation of the RMLA by the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering.

The course featured CU-Boulder professor emeritus David DiLaura as the master teacher. DiLaura has more than 40 years of experience in the industry and now serves as principal illuminating engineer for Acuity Brands, Inc. Other instructors included Mark Jongewaard, Jeff Quinlan, Teal Brogden and Jill Mulholland, all of whom are also industry experts.

Participants received a certificate of completion and 35 CEU credits from the Illuminating Engineering Society.  “It’s a good course for anyone who wants a fast track in lighting education,” one participant said.

The RMLA plans to host another course next summer.

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Honors & Awards: August 2013

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


Bernard Amadei of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering has been elected to the National Academy for Construction, an honorary and service organization formed in 1999.

Xinzhao Chu of aerospace engineering sciences and Arthi Jayaraman and Will Medlin of chemical and biological engineering have been selected to receive the Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award. The presentations will be made at Fall Convocation on Oct. 4 at Old Main Chapel.

Lucy Pao of electrical, computer, and energy engineering has been named a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control for important contributions to multi-sensor fusion, control of flexible structures, and the control of complex energy systems. The honor will be conferred at the next IFAC World Congress in August 2014 in Cape Town.

Jeffrey Luftig of engineering management has been named associate vice chancellor for process innovation and will head the Office for Performance Improvement at CU-Boulder.


Ruthe Farmer of the National Center for Women & Information Technology was among 11 individuals honored at the White House as “Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion” on July 31. Farmer spearheads the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing talent development initiative, a program designed to increase women’s participation in technology careers by providing awards, encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technical women.

Faculty & Staff: August 2013

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

  • Kaitlyn O’Toole, Promotional Graphic Artist and Event Planning Specialist, BOLD Center
  • Susan Rundell, Administrative Assistant, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • Erika Guzman, Finance and HR Coordinator, Dean’s Office (starts Aug. 12)


  • Pam Aguila, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tom Brown, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Carol Rowe, Dean’s Office

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