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It's Alive!

In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein created a living being out of lifeless limbs, challenging the laws of nature and science in his dark laboratory.

Evan Thomas

'The Passion is Here'

Evan Thomas took over as director of the Mortenson Center in summer 2018. Since then, he has outlined significant changes to the center’s research and teaching.

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Engineering Buffs, Unite

Alumni Tailgate Mark your calendar! CU Engineering Alumni Tailgate​ November 9, 2019 Homecoming - CU vs. Stanford More Info The fall 2018 Alumni Tailgate drew dozens of alumni, including beer from alumni-owned Bootstrap Brewing Company Steve Kaczeus (MechEngr’82). CU Engineering graduates are spread across all 50 states and at least...

Alumni Profile

Herb Schroeder (PhDCivEngr’91)

Becoming ‘Ilisaurri’

When he started as a faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Herb IIisaurri Schroeder (PhDCivEngr’91) spent time researching rural sanitation in 100 Alaska Native villages.


Claire Monteleoni

Earthly Exploration

From innovative underground drones and weather satellites, to improving indoor air quality and climate prediction, researchers are finding new ways to look at the world. Machine Learning for Climate Prediction Associate Professor Claire Monteleoni Computer Science Monteleoni is a leading researcher in the new and interdisciplinary field of climate informatics,...

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Colorado Research Spotlight

Wildfires spark water quality research In 2012, two wildfires burned the Upper Cache la Poudre River watershed in northern Colorado. When Associate Professor Fernando Rosario-Ortiz sampled water from two areas along the river — one affected and one unaffected by fire — he uncovered a chemical difference between the two...

College News

Students tour a Ball facility during Ball Career Day.

On the Ball

The partnership between Ball Corp. and the University of Colorado Boulder dates back to the very dawn of the space program. At that time, Ball was a glassmaker facing declines in its core home canning business. It was looking for the next big thing and, after putting feelers out across...

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Above and beyond: New global aerospace degree

CU Engineering now offers a global aerospace engineering degree track, allowing students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, minor in computer science, study abroad experience and co-op work experience in just five years. The innovative new track provides students with the education and experience they need to...

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A BOLDer Celebration

In November, the College of Engineering and Applied Science celebrated the 10th anniversary of the BOLD Center, our award-winning program to support women and minorities in engineering. The celebration at a Boulder art gallery brought 170 students, alumni and staff together to celebrate BOLD and the two programs it brought...

Penina Axelrad

Two CU engineers elected to National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering has elected Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences professor Penina Axelrad and alumnus Dereje Agonafer (AeroEngr’72) as new members in 2019. Axelrad is the Joseph T. Negler Professor and immediate past chair of Smead Aerospace at CU Boulder. Agonafer is the Jenkins Garrett Professor...

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Expansion will unite business and engineering

In June, CU Boulder will break ground on the Business + Engineering Expansion, connecting the Engineering Center with the Koelbel Building. This 60,000-square-foot addition will improve collaboration between CU Engineering and the Leeds School of Business, provide additional classroom space and create a hub for university entrepreneurial endeavors. The expansion...

Western Colorado University President Greg Salsbury, left, and Dean Bobby Braun at WCU.

A CU Engineering degree, grounded 
in Gunnison

Western Colorado University President Greg Salsbury, left, and Dean Bobby Braun at WCU. This partnership between Western and CU will help meet the demands of our state’s rapidly expanding high-tech industries. More about the partnership A new collaboration between the College of Engineering and Applied Science and Western State University...

Dean’s State Tour

On the road again: Dean’s State Tour

The second annual Engineering State Tour took Dean Bobby Braun and his wife, Karen, on a more than 900-mile trip around the Eastern Plains 
in September. In addition to visits to several 
K–12 schools and community 
colleges, Bobby also spent some 
time at Colorado State University 
and the University of...

Sarah Miller

Creating community college connections

CU Boulder is taking a leading role on a new $10 million National Science Foundation grant to increase the number of community college students who go on to study engineering at four-year colleges, a move intended to help pave the way for a more diverse workforce. Millions of U.S. students...

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Introducing Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy

CU Engineering has launched a new cybersecurity program that combines the expertise of the longstanding Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program with new strengths in defense and entrepreneurship. The program, rebranded as the Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy Program , aims to give all undergraduates exposure to the topic, offering a new introductory cybersecurity...

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Dear World: Breaking the ice through stories

During their first week on campus, our freshman class participated in a unique interactive experience that encouraged them to build community by sharing their personal stories. Organizers said they brought Dear World to campus because being able to work as a team is vital in engineering, and teamwork requires personal...

Midshipman Gemma Nowak, U.S. Navy ROTC

Students who serve

CU Boulder launched a student chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers in February 2018. SAME is a national organization that leads efforts to confront national security and infrastructure challenges. CU’s chapter wants to connect CU students with SAME members and companies in these fields through guest presentations and...

New Aerospace building

Opening in fall 2019

Our new aerospace hub is just weeks away from opening! Smead Aerospace faculty and staff will begin moving in this summer, and we will celebrate the grand opening on Aug. 26. Check out the fall edition of CU Engineering magazine for an inside look at this new campus focal point...