Leading with Impact

Engineering Solutions to Climate Change Challenges

Nov. 4, 2022

"Leading with Impact" draws together experts and industry leaders affiliated with the College of Engineering and Applied Science to inform, enlighten and advise on some of the biggest science, tech and policy issues in today's world. Come engage with fellow alumni, join the conversation and be inspired by how CU...

Shelly Miller

CU Boulder joins White House summit on indoor air quality

Nov. 1, 2022

The challenges of wildfires, industrial pollution and vehicle emissions have centered the issue of outdoor air quality in the public consciousness. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the realization that the pathogen primarily transmits indoors, there has been growing awareness of the importance of indoor air quality, as...

Lisa Wang

"I love solving challenging environmental problems."

Oct. 31, 2022

Name: Yu Hong (Lisa) Wang Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa Program: Environmental Engineering "This department holds a warming place in my heart as I am greeted by smiling faces who genuinely care about each other." I was born in China, Qingdao, an attractive coastal city with influences from both Germany and...

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen conduct an overflight of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona.

Puerto Rico’s precarious relationship between power and water

Oct. 3, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without electricity nearly two weeks after Hurricane Fiona hit the island on Sept. 18, initially knocking out power for almost all 3.3 million U.S. citizens. The island's aging power infrastructure had not fully recovered since Hurricane Maria five years ago, leaving residents...

Shelly Miller

Miller honored with Distinguished Research Lectureship

Sept. 19, 2022

Shelly L. Miller is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and faculty in the Environmental Engineering Program. Miller received her master’s degree and doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College. Professor Miller investigates...

SEEC Building.

CU Boulder environmental engineering undergrad program ranked #9 among public universities.

Sept. 14, 2022

The College of Engineering and Applied Science gained a spot U.S. News and World Report ’s Best Undergraduate Engineering rankings this year, coming in at No. 17 among public institution peers. Six degree programs in the college also earned top 20 spots among public universities in the engineering specialty rankings...

Emily Bedell

Testing for E. coli in real time

Sept. 13, 2022

A new water quality sensor developed by engineers at CU Boulder can quickly, cheaply and accurately monitor for the presence of E. coli bacteria in water supplies, an issue that may affect more people in the U.S. and around the world in the future. Emily Bedell (PhDEnvEngr’22) is lead author...

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...

Sydney Litchfield

Becoming an environmental engineer to improve water quality in developing countries

Aug. 1, 2022

Name: Sydney Litchfield Hometown: Chattanooga, TN Major: Environmental Engineering Year: Senior I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and did not start taking interest in engineering until I was in college. An inspiration behind becoming an engineer was watching my city go from one of the dirtiest places in the country...

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...