Alexandra Okeson

Outstanding graduate Alexandra Okeson creates algorithms for healthcare

May 10, 2017

Alexandra Okeson, a CU Engineering Outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement for 2017, tried her hand at several computer science disciplines during her time at CU Boulder. She helped scientists at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics develop data analysis software for the IMPACT student dust counter. She interned at the Federal Communications Commission, where she got to see how government is using technology to inform policy decisions. She experienced life at a startup with Next Energy Technologies, and spent a summer at Microsoft partner Avanade in Seattle.

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Five mechanical engineering senior design teams graduate with patents

May 10, 2017

Five groups of students graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering senior design program are leaving with patents in their name. "The amount of intellectual property in this program is massive," said program co-instructor Daria Kotys-Schwartz.

Getting to Know Your Robot

May 10, 2017

Computer scientist envisions a world where robots have that human touch Just mention the words “drone” or “robot” and some will conjure unsettling visions of a future in which computers threaten to take over the world. Dan Szafir, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and ATLAS Institute, envisions...

Three Buffs awarded Brooke Owens Fellowship

May 10, 2017

The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is a highly competitive, paid internship and mentorship program designed to honor the memory of Brooke Owens, a space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot. Owens’ career took her to NASA, the X-Prize Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the White House. Her enthusiasm and passion...

Leaving a Strong Legacy

May 8, 2017

Robert H. Davis steps down as engineering dean, returns to teaching After more than 14 successful years as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Robert H. Davis returned to the chemical and biological engineering faculty in January 2017. With the conclusion of his tenure as dean, the...

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The Architecture of Smell

May 8, 2017

Cracking the code on the least understood sense How do chemical messages rising from a piece of rotting food signal a mouse to turn left to find it? How does the shape and movement of that mouse’s odor plume alert a hungry predator that it’s getting close? And precisely what...

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Mighty Device

May 8, 2017

Tiny gadget captures every whoosh, thump and gurgle inside the body It looks like a small Band-Aid, but it’s powerful enough to allow a doctor to monitor the heart rate of a patient remotely or to enable someone to control a robot with voice commands. The “tiny, wearable stethoscope” was...

Phase Change

May 8, 2017

Academics, athletics, administration commingle in 42-year career When Professor Dave Clough retires after 42 years in chemical and biological engineering,his stat sheet will show successes in triplicate. The admired educator spent six years as associate dean and serves as CU Boulder’s faculty athletics representative. Though peers were sometimes skeptical of...

Using Her Powers for Good

May 8, 2017

Susie Gomez-Burgos inspires the next generation of engineers Outside of the silver screen, heroes don’t wear capes and leap tall buildings in a single bound. Instead, they’re everyday people doing extraordinary things with little fanfare. Take Susie Gomez-Burgos, a senior in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, majoring in...

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College News 2017

May 7, 2017

A golden opportunity An idea borrowed from the football gridiron is helping students graduate and drawing major attention, thanks to a multimillion-dollar boost from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Eight years ago, CU Engineering created the GoldShirt program. It’s modeled after redshirting for college athletes. Promising students who want to...