Congratulations to the following individuals on their outstanding achievements:
Professor Jeffrey Knutsen of mechanical engineering received the John & Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award from the college.
Professor Mark Rentschler of mechanical engineering received the Charles A. Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award from the college.
Professor Michael Brandemuehl of civil, environmental and architectural engineering received the Max S. Peters Faculty Service award from the college.
Professor Balaji Rajagopalan of civil, environmental and architectural engineering received the College of Engineering and Applied Science Faculty Research Award.
Assistant Professor Amy Javernick-Will of civil, environmental and architectural engineering was chosen as the 2014 winner of the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. She also received the 2014 ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.
Professor Paul Goodrum of civil, environmental and architectural engineering received the Construction Industry Institute Distinguished Professor Award for 2014.
Associate Professor Ronggui Yang of mechanical engineering was selected to receive the Young Investigator Award from the International Thermoelectric Society.
Professor Kristi Anseth of chemical and biological engineering, along with former research associate Brian Polizzotti (now of Harvard Medical School) and former graduate students Cole DeForest and Benjamin Fairbanks, received a patent for a technique to create highly customizable hydrogel materials, which can be used in many biomedical applications like drug delivery, tissue and biosensors.
Ian Hales, an instructor in the ATLAS TAM program, won a CU Parents Association’s Marinus Smith Award recognizing his positive impact on CU undergraduates.
Assistant Professor Joseph Kasprzyk of civil, environmental and architectural engineering received the Universities Council on Water Resources Dissertation Award for 2014 in the category Natural Science and Engineering. He also received the receiving the 2013 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research.
A paper titled “Edge Nonlinear Optics on a MoS2 Atomic Monolayer” by Assistant Professor Xiaobo Yin of mechanical engineering recently was published in Science Magazine.
Assistant Professor Abbie Liel received an outstanding paper award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute for her paper titled “Using Collapse Risk Assessments to Inform Seismic Safety Policy for Older Concrete Buildings.” She also received a runner-up award for the best paper in the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities for her paper titled “Snow-Induced Building Failures.”
Professor Martha Palmer of computer science and linguistics was chosen as winner of the CU-Boulder Graduate School’s Outstanding Faculty Graduate Advising Award.
Professor Chris Bowman of chemical and biological engineering and Professor Bob McLeod of electrical, computer and energy engineering have been awarded a patent for an advanced photolithography technique that allows for more precise fabrication of microdevices such as microchips, microfluidics and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Professor Ted Randolph of chemical and biological engineering, along with John Carpenter of the CU School of Pharmacy and CU-based company BaroFold, Inc., has been awarded a patent for improving protein-based drug formulations (used to treat cancers, infectious diseases and several other diseases).
Assistant Professors Anushree Chatterjee and Prashant Nagpal of chemical and biological engineering were named New Inventors of the Year by CU-Boulder’s Tech Transfer Office.
S. Revi Sterling, Ph.D., Director of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) at the ATLAS Institute, was named Woman of the Year in Education by Boulder Business & Professional Women.
Seth Murray, instructor in the Engineering Management Program, received the Frank Moyes Award in recognition of his impact upon students and influence on entrepreneurship at CU.
Professors John Falconer and Richard Noble of chemical and biological engineering have been awarded patents for methods to make improved gas separation membranes.
Professor Al Weimer of chemical and biological engineering has been awarded a patent for a process that uses concentrated sunlight to form syngas or hydrogen.
Claire Yang, undergraduate advisor in aerospace engineering sciences, received the college’s 2014 Outstanding Staff Award.
Sharon Anderson of mechanical engineering was chosen as the 2014 winner of the Outstanding Staff Advisor Award.
Maria Toscano Leary of chemical and biological engineering was the recipient of the April 2014 Employee Recognition Award.
Erin Jerick of civil, environmental and architectural engineering was the recipient of the May 2014 Employee Recognition Award.
Seven graduates of the Class of 2013 received special honors at the May 8 College of Engineering and Applied Science Recognition Ceremony at Coors Events Center:
Kayla C. Weston (ChemEngr) – CEC Silver Medal
Jun Liu (PhD MechEngr) – Outstanding Dissertation Award
Elizabeth Horneber (ChemEngr) – Outstanding Graduate for Service
Jack Olsen (ApMath, BS/MS EngrPhys) – Outstanding Graduate for Service
Kevin Dinkel (BS/MS AeroEngr) – Outstanding Graduate for Research
Brandon Lin (BS/MS ChemEngr) – Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement
Stephen Kissler (BS/MS ApMath) – Outstanding Graduate of the College
The following Distinguished Seniors were recognized that the April 25 Engineering Awards Banquet at the Stadium Club at Folsom Field:
Michael Trowbridge (AeroEngr)
Stephen Kissler (ApMath)
Natasha Funk (ArchEngr)
Rachel Viger (ChemEngr)
Saikripa Radhakrishnan (ChBioEngr)
Srinidhi Radhakrishnan (ChBioEngr)
Michael Gartman (CivEngr)
Devon Tivona (CompSci)
Elliot Hegel (ElEngr)
Christopher Poulton (ElCompEngr)
Alexander Bornstein (EngrPhys)
John Meyer (EnvEngr)
Benjamin Noe (MechEngr)
Recent graduate Fletcher Richman (ElecEngr) received the CU GOLD Lasting Legacy Award, which honors a graduating senior who has left his or her mark on CU.
Mechanical engineering PhD student Janet Tsai is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected in 2014 to receive a $15,000 scholar award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, which provides merit-based awards for women pursuing doctoral degrees at accredited universities.
ALUMNI & VOLUNTEERS
The college honored four recipients this year with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. Winners included former Engineering Advisory Council member Jean Becker — Special Category, Col. David Goldstein (PhD AeroEngr ’00) — Government Service, T. Scott Martin (ChemEngr ’80) — Industry & Commerce and F. Dave Zanetell, PE (MS CivEngr’93) — Government Service.
Avery Bang (MS CivEngr ’09) was recognized as this year’s winner of the CU Engineering Recent Alumni Award. She also has been selected to receive Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association, which will be given Oct. 23 during Back to Boulder Homecoming Weekend.
Two distinguished members of the College of Engineering and Applied Science community received top honors at CU-Boulder's Spring Commencement Ceremony May 9 at Folsom Field. Dubbed the ultimate "friend-raiser" and fundraiser, Lanis "Lanny" Pinchuk was awarded an honorary doctorate of science, while lifelong Engineering Buff Mike Wirth (ChemEngr ’82) received the University Medal for his influential support of CU.