Global Engineers Book

The Global Engineers: Building a Safe and Equitable World Together

July 20, 2020

The Global Engineers: Building a Safe and Equitable World Together , is inspired by the opportunities for engineers to contribute to global prosperity. This book presents a vision for Global Engineering, and identifies that engineers should be concerned with the unequal and unjust distribution of access to basic services, such...

Water collection in Turkana, Kenya.

MacArthur Foundation honors drought emergency strategy

June 24, 2020

A CU Boulder and Millennium Water Alliance-led program committed to ending humanitarian drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa has been named one of the Top 100 in the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition ...

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A Commitment From the Mortenson Center

June 10, 2020

The Mortenson Center in Global Engineering community recognizes the pain and frustration caused by the systemic and unrelenting violence against Black communities. We denounce these acts and the systems that perpetuate them, and we stand in solidarity with all those speaking out against racial injustice and police brutality. This statement...

Global Engineering Award winners, staff and faculty

2020 Global Engineering Award Winners

April 14, 2020

On March 4th 2020, the Mortenson Center hosted the second 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...

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 is currently investingating rivers in the Andean region of Ecuador which have been severely...

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...