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...

Shelly Miller

Engineering’s Shelly Miller to deliver Distinguished Research Lecture on April 20

March 24, 2023

When Shelly Miller was growing up in southern California in the 1980s, there were days when poor air quality from smog would prevent her from going to school – or even going outside at all. “What I find interesting is that there are more sources of air pollution in that...

SEEC Building

Environmental Engineering Seed Grants for faculty available

The Environmental Engineering Program within the College of Engineering and Applied Science is offering seed grants to help with interdisciplinary research. The total amount of funding available is $100,000 and submissions are due by April 10. Applications must be co-submitted with a current member of the program faculty of the...

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Kiewit Design-Build Scholars Program Applications Open

March 8, 2023

The Kiewit Design-Build Scholars Program is a year-long scholar program at the University of Colorado Boulder that seeks to engage engineering students in meaningful conversations about their future careers. Kiewit Corporation is one of the largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations in North America. Kiewit leads, designs, and...

Professor Mark Hernandez and doctoral graduate Marina Nieto-Caballero stand inside the 10-cubic-meters bioaerosol chamber used to study live airborne coronavirus persistence in the Environmental Engineering disinfection laboratory at the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC).

Three years in: What we’ve learned about COVID

March 8, 2023

Three years ago this week, Colorado recorded its first known cases of COVID-19. A week later, on March 12, CU Boulder announced its first positive case and quickly shifted to fully remote classes. Meanwhile, researchers at CU and universities across the country jumped into action to learn everything they could...

Lab equipment blue light.

Tend to get sick when the air is dry? New research helps explain why

Feb. 23, 2023

Recent research from CU Boulder may have finally revealed why humans tend to get sick from airborne viral diseases more often in drier environments. Published in December in PNAS-Nexus , the study found that airborne particles carrying a mammalian coronavirus closely related to the virus which causes COVID-19 remain infectious...

Marina Nieto-Caballero conducting research.

Unique bioaerosol lab, dedicated students made COVID research possible

Feb. 23, 2023

As one of the first interdisciplinary bioaerosol labs established in the U.S., the Environmental Engineering Microbiology and Disinfection Lab at CU Boulder is home to one of the biggest bioaerosol chambers in the country at an academic institution. At about 350 cubic feet (10 cubic meters), it provides a large...

Shelby Buckley

Environmental engineering on an icebreaker ship at the North Pole

Jan. 31, 2023

Shelby Buckley has made the research trip of a lifetime – studying the impacts of climate change up close and personal on a five-week trip to the Arctic aboard the Kronprins Haakon icebreaking ship. It offered a unique chance to...

Joe Ryan

Denver7: How oil and gas drilling might affect your drinking water

Jan. 30, 2023

Joe Ryan's research into leaking oil and gas wells is being spotlighted in Denver and nationally. Denver 7 ABC TV interviewed Ryan for a feature on research into groundwater risks from abandoned and gas wells. The station also syndicated the story to stations across the country. Ryan, a professor in...

Shelly Miller

Miller honored by CU Engineering for air quality research

Jan. 17, 2023

Shelly Miller has received the 2022 Faculty Research Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The honor, which is bestowed annually, recognizes achievements by a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge through research activities. Miller is a professor in the Paul M...