Mining site affected by acid mine drainage

Sustainable and Innovative Techniques for Heavy Metal Reduction

Mining activity in developing countries like Ecuador is mostly artisanal. This type of mining is very invasive and results in a series of environmental impacts, especially on aquatic ecosystems. Mortenson Center Affiliate Faculty Dr. Paola Almeida-Guerra (right) is currently investingating rivers in the Andean region of Ecuador which have been...

Professor Karl Linden laughing with students in a lab.

Linden wins water treatment innovation prize

Feb. 3, 2020

Karl Linden of environmental engineering has been selected to receive the Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize. Linden is the Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research investigates novel water and wastewater treatment systems, including advanced and innovative UV systems; the efficacy of UV and...

Stock photo of the earth from space.

2020 Global Engineering Awards Nomination Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

Jan. 16, 2020

The Mortenson Center is hosting the second annual Global Engineering Awards recognizing a professional and a student whose work aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision. The nomination process is now open, and nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2020. The Global Engineering Awards seek to highlight the...

Alice and Mort Mortenson (seated) with staff and graduate students of the Mortenson Center

Remembering 'Mort' Mortenson, a dedicated CU Engineering alumnus

Nov. 19, 2019

Mauritz “Mort” Mortenson (CivEngr’58), who passed away Nov. 9 at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 82, leaves behind a deep personal and professional legacy. As chairman of M.A. Mortenson Co. from 1960 to 2015, he was known as a “humble servant-leader.” His company built several buildings on the...

Professor Karl Linden shows a woman in a lab some equipment

Engineering a world of safer water

Nov. 12, 2019

Professor Evan Thomas, Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering in the field in East Africa

Improving drought resilience in East Africa with sensors, satellites and machine learning

Oct. 31, 2019

The University of Colorado Boulder is combining satellite data, smart sensors and machine learning to help reduce drought emergencies in east Africa. A team of researchers led by Professor Evan Thomas, director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, has been awarded a three-year, $660,000 grant by NASA to join...


Special Issues of Sustainability

Sept. 27, 2019

Mortenson Center in Global Engineering faculty are editing three special issues in the journal Sustainability please contact us to discuss a submission! Special Issue "Global Engineering and Sustainable Development" Guest Editor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Evan Thomas Website E-Mail Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309,...


What is Global Engineering?

July 12, 2019

Reposted Open Access publication, Thomas, E. Toward a New Field of Global Engineering . Sustainability 2019 , 11 , 3789. Abstract The Engineer’s role in addressing global poverty challenges has often been confined to village and community-scale interventions, product design and development, or large-scale infrastructure design and construction. Yet despite...


Freetown Sierra Leone Distributed Water Management

June 22, 2019

In 2017 The Millennium Challenge Corporation issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Annual Program Statement (APS) to request partnership applications related to several technical areas. MCC received a concept note from a the University of Colorado Boulder’s Mortenson Center in Global Engineering in response to the high frequency monitoring...

A snapshot from the YouTube video of Director Evan Thomas.

So What Is the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering?

June 5, 2019

Evan Thomas, Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder summarizes what the Mortenson Center does at CU Boulder and in the world.