Header Photo: The CU Boulder Team and Armenian representatives on the shore of Lake Sevan.

CU Boulder water quality expertise goes international in Armenia

Aug. 7, 2023

University of Colorado Boulder researchers are advancing water resource management in the South Caucasus through a partnership with Deloitte Consulting. The professional services firm is is tapping CU Boulder’s environmental engineering technical expertise to improve river, lake, and groundwater management in the...

Three people at a water tank.

CU Boulder spinout company celebrates carbon-credit investment by Mortenson Co.

June 1, 2023

Mortenson Center director leads Virridy, which is working to connect the global carbon credit market to regulated water treatment obligations M. A. Mortenson Companies, Inc. invests $2M in Virridy for Africa and United States Freshwater Carbon Projects involving partners University of Colorado Boulder, Moore Foundation, Autodesk Foundation This week, M...

Evan Thomas

Valuing water to survive climate change

May 17, 2023

Evan Thomas discusses climate change and its impact on water in a new TEDx talk. Thomas is the Endowed Chair and Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and Resilience at the University of Colorado Boulder and a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and...

A child and adult getting water.

Capitalism caused climate change. Can capitalism also solve it?

March 29, 2023

Around the world, dry areas have become drier and wet places have become wetter, with both drought and flooding reducing the amount of safe drinking water in those areas. Studies from Oxfam and others have pointed to emissions inequality—wealthy countries by far emit the most greenhouse gases. Those emissions cause...

Emily Bedell on a streambed.

CU Boulder researchers develop highly accurate sensor for E. coli risk detection

Aug. 12, 2022

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed and validated a new sensor for E. coli risk detection that features an impressive 83% accuracy rate when detecting contamination in surface waters. The findings were recently published in Water Research and could improve detection of a variety of contaminants quickly and effectively in...

Sensors mounted on a rod.

PhD candidate using satellites and machine learning to combat drought in Africa

July 28, 2022

Katie Fankhauser, a PhD candidate in environmental engineering, is the lead author of a paper in Science of The Total Environment that identifies impacts of high groundwater use in response to drought in the Horn of Africa through satellite data, remote-sensors and machine learning analysis tools. We asked her about...

An engineering looking at graphics

Newly published paper revolutionizes global engineering curriculum

March 28, 2022

A new publication headed by the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering seeks to create better alignment among academic programs and sector needs when it comes to training engineers in global development. The publication comes after the center hosted over 100 participants from universities, donors, government agencies and industry partners for...