Published: Feb. 21, 2024 By

The College of Engineering and Applied Science recognizes alumni achievements with annual awards. We are pleased to announce our 2024 recipients representing the BOLD Center!

2024 Alumni Engagement Medal Award recipients: 

  • DEAA honors graduates and friends who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge, and significant contributions to their fields

Denzil Ekow Bilson (CompSci'23) 

Denzil's photoDenzil is a current GRAD CSEN-MS student and a long-time student of the BOLD Center. His journey began back in 2019 as undergraduate BOLD Scholar where he immediately demonstrated student leadership. Denzil was a stellar student and BOLD Scholar and contributed in a number of ways such as Peer Mentoring, Lead Tutoring, and student leader in the BOLD Center.

Denzil has built many connections and relationships with students, staff, and faculty within BOLD and in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Though he finished his undergraduate coursework and student employment last year, he still engages with the BOLD Center as a Lead Volunteer Tutor and has expanded his portfolio as a TA in CSEN.

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Briana Santa Ana (CivEngr'20)

Briana Santa AnaBriana Santa Ana earned her BS degree in civil engineering at CU Boulder, where she was also active in undergraduate research, a GoldShirt Scholar, a peer mentor in the BOLD Center, and a longstanding member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. While an undergraduate student, Santa Ana had two internships at the Colorado Department of Transportation and a local construction firm. Upon graduation, she worked for a general contractor and a concrete contractor, before moving to Dallas, Texas, where she is a city project engineer.

In an effort to bring attention and awareness to issues around discrimination and diversity in the construction industry, Santa Ana helped organize the Construction Diversity Summit, which took place in April 2022 with nearly 200 attendees. Briana was fully engaged in the planning process, which included coordinating three breakout session speakers and a panel of industry leaders. She joined two of her peers who represented recent graduates and shared their stories with the audience. The summit enabled participants to learn new communication strategies and skills, recognize the importance of DEI work on the jobsite, and better understand the challenges underrepresented populations face in the construction industry.

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All awardees will be honored at the Engineering Awards Banquet in April 2024.