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News and Events, Week of October 17, 2011

In this week’s issue:

NEW! The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems presents: “Measuring Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity for Solid Waste Collection at the City Level,” Wednesday, October 19

NEW! Faculty Seminar “Crafting an Elevator Pitch,” Wednesday, October 26

REMINDER: College Kickball Game, October 22

REMINDER: Bioengineering Open House, Friday, November 4

REMINDER: Complete Auraria Grid/Schedule Survey by October 21

Engineering and Applied Science PhD approved by Colorado Commission on Higher Education on Oct. 6

Covidien signs on as founding member of Bioengineering’s Industry Advisory Board

If you have news or events you’d like to share, please send them to Erica Lefeave at


The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems presents: Mark Davis, PhD Candidate – “Measuring Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity for Solid Waste Collection at the City Level”

LOCATION: CU Building, Room 490
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 9 a.m.

City solid waste management services generally fall into one of three categories: a free market system, franchise zones, or a citywide exclusive franchise. Is one form of solid waste collection inherently more effective, fiscally efficient, environmentally efficient, and/or equitable than the others? This is the question this dissertation proposal has been designed to address, via the pairing of qualitative case studies and a large N quantitative analysis.

CU Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CSIS) includes the interdisciplinary IGERT grant, and is presently a joint center created in partnership between the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. If you are interested in joining CSIS, or would like more information about the center, please contact Dr. Anu Ramaswami. For information or comments on seminar, contact Zeljko Spiric.



The Office of Research Development & Education Presents a Faculty Seminar: Crafting an Elevator Pitch

Presented by: Su Niedringhaus, Communication Consultant

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lawrence Street Center (1380 Lawrence St.)
11th Floor, Room 1150
9 – 11 a.m.

Anschutz Medical Campus
Education 2 North, P28-Room 1107
2 – 4 p.m.

What is an elevator pitch and why do you need to have one prepared?

An elevator pitch is a short, concise speech about your research that can be presented to any potential research funder at a moment’s notice. In this seminar, Su will present information regarding how to formulate your pitch and how best to present it when given the opportunity. Don’t miss hearing this dynamic presenter!

This seminar is available to all UCD Faculty. A limited number of seats are available and registration confirmation will be on a first come – first serve basis.

To register go to: (see Updates section)

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact Lynette Michael, ORDE Director, at or 303-315-5822.



College of Engineering and Applied Science Homecoming Kickball Game

It’s your last chance to register for this Saturday’s College of Engineering and Applied Science Homecoming kickball game.

WHEN: Saturday, October 22; 10 a.m.
WHERE: Auraria Fields

Join us for some friendly competition with college faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Then head into campus for a university BBQ with live entertainment and activities for kids. Kickball participants will receive a free T-shirt. Bring your family and friends!

Register for one or both events at You must register by October 19 to participate. On the website, you’ll also find information about additional homecoming events, including discounted Colorado Avalanche tickets for the Oct. 20 game against Chicago.

If you have additional questions, contact Erica Lefeave at or 303-352-3675.

We hope to see you there!



Bioengineering Open House

Friday, November 4, 2011
2 – 5 p.m.

Bushnell Auditorium – Room N8200 – 8th Floor
Building 500 – Anschutz Medical Campus

The Department of Bioengineering hosts its second annual Open House on Friday, November 4, 2011 from 2 – 5 p.m. RSVP by October 31.

Meet faculty and students; learn about research opportunities and degree programs; discover the Anschutz Medical Campus; and hear why bioengineering is the fastest growing profession.

Everyone is welcome: prospective graduate students, undergraduate students, parents, donors and other members of the biomedical engineering community interested in bioengineering. Refreshments will be served.



Faculty: Please Complete Survey About Recent Changes to Auraria Class Schedule

​The University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and Community College of Denver on the Auraria Campus are seeking input from students, faculty and staff regarding recent changes to the class schedule grid.

In the spring 2011 semester, the class schedule grid changed to gain additional class periods during the busiest times of day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This change meant the typical evening class was rescheduled from starting at 5:30 p.m. to instead start at 5 p.m.

The Auraria Campus schools are considering changing the start time of the evening grid back to 5:30 p.m. The administration is seeking input on how this change might impact schedules. Moving the evening grid start time back to 5:30 p.m. would result in a break between classes from 5-5:30 p.m. and would cause all subsequent classes to move back 30 minutes.

The campus partners have prepared a short survey on this possible class schedule shift. Please take the survey now by using this link: The survey will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2011.



Colorado Commission on Higher Education Approves Engineering and Applied Science PhD Program

On October 6, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved the college’s Engineering and Applied Science PhD program without comment. We are excited to begin working on this program in earnest and plan to begin enrolling students for fall 2012. Stay tuned for more information.



Covidien Joins Bioengineering’s Industry Advisory Board

Covidien has officially signed on as the Founding Member of the Department of Bioengineering’s Industry Advisory Board. Covidien is a $10B worldwide company, and their joining the department is an extremely positive sign. Department Chair Robin Shandas hope this is the first of many positive interactions with industry.



EE Students Install Radio Receivers in Virginia for a Collaborative Research Project

On September 22, EE seniors Ryan Jacobs and Jason Carpenter installed a device on the roof of Rappahannock Community College’s main building in Warsaw, Va., that records lightning discharges and transmits the information to Denver. They hope to determine the effect of these discharges on radio and other manmade signals that travel through the ionosphere. Local students, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to use the equipment for their own weather-related projects.

The lightning-study project is the result of a collaboration between UCD and the University of Florida, where researchers actually trigger lightning with rockets.

Read the complete story at:



CE Senior Design Team Places Second at National Competition

Fall 2010 Civil Engineering Senior Design team, A New Public Works Maintenance Building for a Historic Colorado Mining Town, won second place at the 2011 SEI/ASCE Student Structural Design Competition. The students, John Pettit, Jose Cordoba, Jeff Gee, Ramon Martinez and Jeff Pelling, hope to attend the 2012 Structures Congress in Chicago in March 2012 where they will present their project.

This is the second year in a row that a CU Denver civil engineering senior design team has placed in this national competition.




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