April 2014 eNotes

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CU Engineering Ranks Among Best Graduate Schools

Rankings jump in five grad programs

Admitted Students Day offers a first-hand look at CU-Boulder

1500+ high schoolers get first look at CU

College sets sights on top 20 ranking, doubled enrollments by 2020

Tremendous growth in enrollments and a changing economic, technological and reputational landscape have prompted the College of Engineering and Applied Science to set two ambitious new goals for the year 2020. In a newly published revision of its strategic plan, the college reveals aims to double engineering enrollments and make the list of the top 20 engineering programs in the country at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by fall 2020.

“Our refreshed outlook for Engineering 2020: Vision for Excellence raises the bar for growth, performance and culture within the College of Engineering and Applied Science,” says Dean Robert H. Davis. “It embraces our expanding student body, faculty, staff and research programs that enrich the lives and education of our students while delivering an excellent return on investment for the people of Colorado.”

Print copies of A Fresh Look at Engineering 2020: Vision for Excellence have been distributed to all college faculty and staff. You can also read the original and revised plans at www.colorado.edu/engineering/2020.

CU Engineering Ranks Among Best Graduate Schools

Five programs in CU’s College of Engineering and Applied Science posted improvements over last year in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report graduate program rankings, with Aerospace Engineering Sciences landing a spot in the top 10 programs nationwide. Holding its place at 34th (20th among public universities) the college, as a whole, continues to be the top-ranked engineering school in the Mountain Time Zone, according to the report released in mid-March.

In the specialty rankings, the aerospace program jumped from 14th to 9th, while graduate programs in chemical engineering and civil engineering each moved up four spots to 14th and 15th, respectively. The environmental engineering program improved one place to 21st and the electrical engineering program moved two places to 34th. Programs in computer science, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering also made the list at 40th, 39th, and 34th, respectively.

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Admitted Students Day offers a first-hand look at CU-Boulder

More than 1,500 students attended CU’s Admitted Student Day on Saturday, April 5. Prospective engineering students learned about the many opportunities in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at an information session with representatives from every department in the college. The event was supported by more than 100 current engineering student volunteers.

Applications to the College of Engineering and Applied Science were up approximately 25 percent for the 2014-15 academic year, with 1,700 more applications received this year over last year. Amanda Parker, director of access and recruiting, attributes much of this increase to CU’s acceptance this year of the Common Application, which allows students to fill out a single college admissions form and submit it to any of 517 member colleges and universities.

Honors and Awards: April 2014

Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:


A research group led by Professor Chris Bowman of chemical and biological engineering received a patent for an improved method of detecting molecular recognition events, for use in diagnostic and environmental sensing applications.

Professor Steven George of chemical and biological engineering and chemistry and biochemistry was awarded a patent for a process to create ultrathin metal films using atomic layer deposition.

Assistant Professor Matt Hallowell of civil, environmental and architectural engineering has been selected to receive Engineer News-Record’s Mountain States 2014 Top 20 under 40 Award.

Assistant Professor Jason Marden of electrical, computer, and energy engineering received an NSF CAREER Award for his project “Game Theoretic Methods for Multiagent Coordination.”

Associate Professor Melinda Piket-May of electrical, computer, and energy engineering received the BFA Faculty Recognition Award for continued support of the CU community.

Professor Zoya Popovic has been selected to receive a gift of $120,000 from National Instruments founder James Truchard to conduct research on new microwave instruments. She has also been gifted equipment from National Instruments.

Associate Dean Diane Sieber has been selected to receive the CU Parents Association’s Marinus Smith Award recognizing her positive impact on CU undergraduates.

CEAS Dean’s Faculty Fellowships have been awarded to professors Henry Tufo and Ken Anderson of computer science; John Falconer, Rich Noble and Charles Musgrave of chemical and biological engineering; Al Gasiewski and Garret Moddel of electrical, computer and energy engineering, and Mark Borden of mechanical engineering.

Several college faculty have been selected to receive 2014 Butcher Seed Grant Awards for their winning proposals in interdisciplinary bioscience, including Victor Bright of mechanical engineering, Aaron Clauset of computer science, Juliet Gopinath of electrical, computer and energy engineering, and Jennifer Leight of chemical and biological engineering.


Sarah Melssen of aerospace engineering sciences was the recipient of the Employee Recognition Award in March 2014.


Engineering physics junior Jasmine Brewer and chemical engineering and applied math junior Brennan Coffey have been awarded Goldwater scholarships for next year.

New Faculty & Staff: April 2014

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

  • Jennifer Manning, AspireIT Program Manager in NCWIT
  • Ammi Ludwick, Aspirations in Computing Program Director in NCWIT
  • Jessica Minck, Program Assistant I in Sustainable by Design Program

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