Published: March 31, 2016

Dean Rob Davis posing for cameraThrough the vast potential of engineering research, technologies and education, we are seeking solutions to significant problems facing the world on many fronts. Not only are we training highly skilled engineering leaders able to tackle these problems, but we are taking the next leap forward in the way we drive innovation and foster entrepreneurship. As a result, we’re creating new knowledge that is impacting the fields of aerospace; chemical and biological; civil, environmental and architectural; computer science; electrical, computer and energy; and mechanical engineering. With support from our industry partners, we’re excited to be moving beyond traditional classrooms to provide our students with state-of-the-art collaborative and cross-discipline learning and design spaces, from which we’ll see pioneering ideas emerge.

In this issue of CU Engineering, we’re proud to share highlights of just a few of our many successes.

Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders and Entrepreneurs

His study of astrodynamics launched the career of Mark Matossian (AeroEngr MS ’93, PhD ’95), who is head of program management production at Google’s Skybox Imaging. Thanks to generous support from Chevron Corporation, two undergraduate labs provide engineering students and faculty with access to cutting-edge educational opportunities and invaluable real-world experience. 

From Innovation to Entrepreneurship 

Shivakant Mishra, Richard Han and Qin (Christine) Lv from the Department of Computer Science founded the Cybersafety Research Center to help protect  children from cyberbullying, using computer science. 

A $3 million grant from the U.S. agency ARPA-E will be used to develop cooling technology and a system called RadiCold. In the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling, CU-Boulder won two top prizes, two meritorious designations and an honorable mention.

Discoveries with Global Impact                                                  

Jacob Segil, an instructor in the Engineering Plus Program and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his colleagues are designing externally powered myoelectric hands controlled with electrical signals generated by the user’s residual limb muscles so they can go on to live inspiring lives.

Jason Ren (CU-Boulder’s 2015 New Inventor of the Year) pioneered an energy-creating, carbon-reducing wastewater treatment system. 

Miloš Popovic created a groundbreaking optics-based microprocessor that could lead to faster, more powerful computing.


I invite you to read these inspiring stories in the following pages.

Robert H Davis Signature

Robert H. Davis, Dean