Colorado Engineer

Fall 2019: The 'Change' Issue

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Christian Hill with a robotic glove puppet

McNair Scholars Program

Students from diverse backgrounds aim for excellence in doctoral pursuits ISRAEL MILES | PHOTOS BY ELLIOT WHITEHEAD Pursuing graduate school is often a challenging and intimidating process for even the most seasoned students, but especially for students coming from first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented backgrounds. However, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate...

Dean Bobby Braun

Dean Braun Prepares His Exit For NASA

Engineering Dean Bobby Braun is returning to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in January 2020 as a member of the executive leadership team Amy Santoso | Photo Courtesy of Jeff Zehnder At the end of September, Dean Bobby Braun announced that he will return to NASA in January 2020, having accepted...

Student Profile

Justin Wang standing at trail-head of Pacific Coast Trail

Conquering The PCT: One Day At A Time

Staff Writer Justin Wang reflects on his 20-week 2653-mile Pacific Coast Trail experience Justin Wang | Photos by Justin Wang Since junior year of high school, I had always wanted to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, and I promised myself I would make this trip before I went to medical...


Two students rowing in concrete canoe

Mixing Up The Concrete Field

To prepare for their upcoming competition, the Concrete Canoe Club team creates the perfect concrete mix and design Anna Pyle | Photos by Anna Pyle Every fall, the Concrete Canoe Club goes back to the drawing board. Over the course of a year, their focus is to design and compete...


CU Boulder Aerospace building front

Exploring New Grounds

The new Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building opened for use this semester Israel Miles | Photos by Dhruv Singh Colorado is considered the center of the nation for the aerospace industry. CU Boulder is ranked sixth for aerospace schools among public institutions and eighth overall, according to U.S. News. Several companies...

Student in front of CU Boulder Engineering building entrance

Transfers & Transitions

Engineering students share what it’s like transferring to CU from another school Stan Young | Photo by Gabe Rodriguez On the surface, transfer students often seem indistinguishable from their peers, which means it can be easy to overlook the wealth of experience they have to share. Because of their history...

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Broadening The Engineer's Perspective

The recently renamed Herbst Program for Engineering, Society, & Ethics offers students the opportunity to improve their writing and ethical awareness Nora Drewno | Photos Courtesy of Herbst Program According to Herbst Program Director and Professor Leland Giovannelli, the world isn’t just a bunch of random facts; rather, all events...

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Connecting Communities

Engineers in Action bridges poverty and prosperity in Eswatini Nikki Edwards | Photos Courtesy of Joelle Westcott In their college careers, sophomores Joelle Westcott and Cyrus Haas never imagined themselves doing construction in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nevertheless, there they were driving nails into a 700 foot bridge with the citizens of...

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The Bridge From Student To Engineer

Senior Design serves to transition 256 engineering students to entry-level engineers through their capstone projects Gabe Rodriguez | Photos Courtesy of E.B. Bollondonk & Branden Adems The transition from engineering school to industry can be quite challenging for graduating students. This is due mainly to the heightened sense of accountability...

A Lesson on Learning

Learning Assistants Strengthen their understanding through teaching others Skylar Edwards | Photos by Gabe Rodriguez & Skylar Edwards In the field of engineering, collaboration is essential. An aerospace engineer cannot launch a rocket without the help of their fellow colleagues to confirm trajectory calculations and test the system for error...