Recent Alumni Award

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2014 Recipient

Avery Bang (MS CivEngr '09)

Avery Bang was selected to receive the 2014 Recent Alumni Award for her leadership skills and passion for making a global difference through engineering.

Bang is CEO of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit that builds pedestrian bridges in rural poor communities to provide access to essential services such as health care, schools and markets. She started with the organization as director of operations and then executive director. In 2013, under her leadership, B2P engaged numerous engineers and contractors, sending more than 200 individuals abroad to build more than 30 bridges. So far, B2P has completed the construction of more than 130 cable-supported footbridge projects, which have provided more than 750,000 isolated villagers with access to health care, education and jobs. Numerous other bridges were also built by third parties worldwide using the designs, manuals and drawings published free of charge on the B2P website.

Additionally, Bang founded the Bridges to Prosperity University Program, which supports student chapter groups around the world, including one at CU-Boulder.  The program offers technical, cross-cultural and real-world building experience while providing students the opportunity to collaborate, receive mentorship from professionals and use their skills for the greater good.

Bang was named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2012 by Engineering News-Record and chosen for its Mountain Region’s Top 20 Under 40 List in 2013. She also was selected as one of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Fresh Faces in 2011, recognizing the top 10 civil engineers under 30. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of science degree from Clarkson University and was named the 2014 University of Iowa Young Alumni of the Year. She is also a prolific public speaker, with appearances at TEDxBoulder, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Nation, the American Segmental Bridge Institute Annual Convention and the Construction Users Roundtable Annual Convention, among many others.

Established in 2013, the CU Engineering Recent Alumni Award recognizes outstanding recent alumni for professional achievements, continued service to the college and/or university, and outstanding personal characteristics within 10 years of graduation from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The award is given to one deserving recipient each year, who is recognized alongside the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award winners at the Engineering Awards Banquet, traditionally held in April.

Nominations for the 2015 award are due October 31, 2014. Nominations will remain active for 3 years, meaning a nominee not selected for the award the year the nomination is submitted will have two additional years of consideration.

The Recent Alumni Award program is managed and administered by the Engineering Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Board.

Who is Eligible?

Alumni who have graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science with a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree within the last 10 years, as counted from the year of graduation for the most recent degree. (example: A May 2003 BS and May 2005 MS graduate would have eligibility through December 2015; December 2005 graduate would have eligibility through December 2015).

Nomination Requirements

  • Completed nomination form (pdf - click to download)
  • Letter of nomination (written by nominator – self or other)
  • Minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 additional letters of support
  • Nominee’s Resume or CV
  • No more than 2 pages of additional attachments (ie. articles, list of patents, supplemental biography, etc.) - optional

Nominations for candidates who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered. Nominations that are received after the deadline or are not complete by the deadline will be deferred until the following year. Nominations that do not conform to the stated guidelines (including the stated minimum/maximum number of supporting letters) will be returened to the nominator.

A complete package of the nomination materials listed above must be submitted on or before October 31 via email, sent to (combined PDF is preferred) OR sent by postal mail to:

Recent Alumni Award Selection Committee
c/o Melanie M. Sidwell
Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator
College of Engineering and Applied Science
422 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Award Criteria

The award selection process will be judged on the following weighted criteria:

(50%) – Career accomplishments and professional development: Has made significant or distinct contribution to organization, business, or cause since graduation from the college. This may include: Demonstrated experience or knowledge of field. Examples: formal recognition/awards, patents, innovations, key projects. Active membership and involvement in professional organizations. Leadership roles in professional groups or boards, or in the company /industry in which they are employed. Training and certifications, advanced education, and licenses.

(25%) – Continued involvement with CU and CEAS: Actively participates in University or CEAS sanctioned/organized events or activities and/or gives back to the college/university in the form of time or money. Examples: student mentorship, senior design involvement, departmental engineering boards, engineering societies, freshman projects, alumni events, financial contributions, speaker, industry recruiter, etc.

(25%) – Character, growth, and service: Exhibits exemplary personal qualities and development, as seen through some or all of the following – proven  leadership skills or qualities, passion for interests, demonstrated integrity and ethical decision making, and commitment of time, experience and/or recurring involvement with volunteer, non-profit, or outreach work.

Winners must be present to accept the award in person at the Engineering Awards Banquet (April 25, 2014). A nominee who is chosen for the award but unable to attend the banquet will be returned to the pool for consideration the following year so long as the nomination is still within its three year "active" status.

Winner Selection

A Recent Alumni Award Selection Committee comprised of (5) voting members drawn from the following groups:

  • Engineering Advisory Council (current members)
  • Industry
  • GOLD Board (current and past members)
  • CEAS Faculty
  • Past winners

and (2) non-voting ex officio members from:

  • College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Office
  • Engineering Development

This selection committee will meet after the nomination deadline each year to review the nominations and recommend a winner for dean approval. Winners and nominators will be notified of the outcome of each year's selection process following the selection meeting and well in advance of the Engineering Awards Banquet.

Important Announcements

CUEngineering is here!

The 2014 edition of CUEngineering magazine is hot off the press! Check it out online.

Engineering Recognition Ceremony to be held at 9am at Coors Events/Conference Center on Friday May 8, 2015

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