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Finding sustainable solutions to wicked water problems

April 29, 2021

Dr. Sherri Cook has been honored by the National Science Foundation with a CAREER Award, a five-year, $510,000 grant to study water treatment technologies and build models to help local governments and water operators improve their infrastructure and water quality.

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Dr. Evan Thomas Featured on Buff Innovator Insights

April 29, 2021

In the latest episode of Buff Innovator Insights, a weekly podcast from the Research & Innovation Office (RIO), Dr. Evan Thomas shares how his family’s interests in journalism, engineering and entrepreneurship, as well as his experiences with Engineering Without Borders, inspired him to tackle global poverty through his work and...

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2021 Global Engineering Award Winners

March 10, 2021

On March 11th 2020, the Mortenson Center hosted the third annual Global Engineering Awards, recognizing two professionals and one student whose work aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision. These awards seek to highlight the work of individuals who contribute to the field of global engineering. This encompasses not...

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How Electric Vehicle Adoption May Impact Vulnerable Communities

Feb. 24, 2021

A new project led by CU Boulder Assistant Professor Kyri Baker will evaluate how adopting electric vehicles may impact the condition of transportation infrastructure and cause higher disparities in communities. Electric vehicles do not contribute to gasoline sales taxes, which support road maintenance and electric vehicles currently require a significant...

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Exploring assumptions in financing for urban water utilities in low-income countries

Feb. 10, 2021

Anna Libey, a PhD student in environmental engineering at CU Boulder, is the lead author on a new paper that compares utilities around the world and advocates for more subsidization in utility operations to provide clean water.

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A Steady DRIP with NASA Satellites

Feb. 4, 2021

NASA satellite data helps the people who maintain crucial infrastructure by highlighting the places most at-risk for drought and informing early warning actions to prevent the worst drought impacts on local communities.

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Center leading work to study trail bridge use in rural Rwanda

Dec. 14, 2020

A team from the center recently published results from a pilot impact evaluation of trail bridges in rural Rwanda. They installed sensors to monitor use at 12 bridge sites constructed by Denver-based nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity.

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Linden To Receive Prestigious 2020 Clark Prize

Nov. 11, 2020

The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) and the Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie R. Clarke Foundation will present the 2020 Clarke Prize to Professor Karl Linden on Nov. 10. NWRI administers the prestigious $50,000 prize. Linden is the Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado Boulder and...

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Nominations Now Open for 2021 Global Engineering Awards

Oct. 27, 2020

The Mortenson Center is hosting the Third Annual Global Engineering Awards recognizing a professional and a student whose work aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision. Nominations are now open and will be accepted until January 31, 2021. The Global Engineering Awards seek to highlight the work of individuals...

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Gift caps growth year for Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Aug. 20, 2020

A gift of $2 million from the Mortenson family caps an impressive year of growth for the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, including new federal and nonprofit funding totaling more than $11 million and significant research findings.