Colorado Mesa University and CU Boulder celebrated the first two graduates of the CMU/CU Boulder Engineering Partnership Program in electrical and computer engineering this month.
Julio Puentes and Gerrold Wilkerson are the first students to complete the electrical and computer engineering degree, which launched in 2018. The partnership program, which also includes degrees in mechanical and civil engineering, allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from CU Boulder without leaving the CMU campus in Grand Junction, Colorado.
They were also the first graduating class for Teaching Assistant Professor Sumeet Chaudhary, a CU Boulder faculty member who began living and teaching in Grand Junction in 2021. Chaudhary said it was a great pleasure to work with Puentes and Wilkerson.
“Both of them were extremely sincere in their work,” he said. “As their instructor, I have observed that they look at an engineering problem from all angles and always come up with multiple solutions for a given problem.”
We asked the Puentes and Wilkerson to share some of their experiences with the partnership program.