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News & Events: August 22

Welcome new faculty
Ren presents “Poop to Power” research at Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle
Chris Yakacki receives small business technology transfer research grant
Golkowski’s research featured in radio interview
Civil engineering graduate student speaks at TEDx Mile High
Graduation application announcement
You’re invited: Society of Women Engineers mini conference
You’re invited: Poster session for upcoming annual AVS symposium
Computer science and engineering department moves
CEEP survey winners
CU Denver Block Party, TOMORROW
Paper shredding August 29

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Welcome new faculty

As the new semester begins, we’d like to welcome three new faculty to the college: Jimmy Kim and Indrani Pal in the Department of Civil Engineering and Kannan Premnath in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Make sure to stop in to introduce yourselves.


Ren presents “Poop to Power” research at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle

Last week at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle, civil engineering faculty Jason Ren presented his “Poop to Power” research. Ren was one of the 19 GCE grantees that won a proposal competition to showcase research in the fair and meet with Bill and Melinda Gates.

Learn more about the Gates Foundation’s quest for safe, effective and economical sanitation services for communities without access to flush toilets.


Chris Yakacki receives small business technology transfer research grant

This summer, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, issued MedShape, Inc. a Phase I STTR entitled “Development of a Surgical and Transcatheter Polymeric Heart Valve” for $150,000. STTRs are research grants awarded to collaborations between small business and academia—MedShape is the small business and CU Denver and Emory University are the academia.

The main investigators of this grant are Chris Yakacki (CU Denver), Jack Griffis (MedShape) and Sai Muralidhar “Murali” Padala (Emory).

Read more about Yakacki’s award on the CU Denver Newsroom.


Mark Golkowski’s plasma research featured in local radio interview

Electrical engineering assistant professor Mark Golkowski‘s research on plasma technology was featured in a radio interview on KUNC, northern Colorado’s community radio station. Read or listen to the interview.


Civil engineering graduate student speaks at TEDx Mile High

Civil engineering graduate student Jennifer Chipman gave an invited talk at TEDxMileHigh in June. TEDx was a free event on June 1 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House supported by the University of Colorado Denver that connected students aged 12 to 22 with the state’s most brilliant thinkers to inspire students to be more creative and innovative in their own lives and communities. Watch Jennifer’s presentation.

Jennifer was previously the recipient of the campus Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award in 2012, and the Carl Kisslinger Graduate Student Award (of the Retired Faculty Association) in 2012-2013.


Graduation application announcement

Departments and/or faculty advisors should notify all eligible graduate and undergraduate students to go online and apply for FALL 2012 graduation through UCD ACCESS before Wednesday, September 5, 2012 (Census Date). Eligible students who fail to apply for FALL 2012 graduation before Census will not be eligible to graduate in the fall 2012 term.


Computer science and engineering department moves

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is in the process of moving to their new space on the eighth floor in the Lawrence Street Center. The labs have been moved. Faculty are moving this Thursday and Friday (August 23 and 24). Department PA Sarah Mandos will be stationed in NC 3021-D during this time.


CEEP survey winners announced

Congratulations to our Continuing Engineering Education Program survey winners!  Kendall Hunter of bioengineering and Arun Karunanithi and David Mays of civil engineering have each won a $20 Starbucks gift card for completing the CEEP survey.


You’re invited: Society of Women Engineers mini conference

The CU Denver Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter is hosting a professional development conference on Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Tivoli called Engineer A Little Play Into Your Day: The secret to fueling our personal and professional growth, success and happiness.

All faculty are invited to attend this event, which will feature two great speakers, including local Human Resources expert and author Barbara Brannen (sponsored by ExxonMobil), as well as several “play group” leaders from local SWE sections. It will be a unique, engaging and playful day.

For more specific details, visit the conference website.


You’re invited: Poster session for the Rocky Mountain AVS Chapter

You’re invited to attend the Annual Symposium of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Vacuum Society on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. The Symposium theme for this year is “Vacuum on the Fringe”. Symposium registration is free, and pre-registration includes a complimentary lunch. See the Symposium brochure for speakers and topics and a flier about the short courses offered during the week of September 18-21, 2012.

Students are encouraged to participate in the poster session where they can win cash prizes. We would appreciate if you would post the Call For Student Posters somewhere in your department where it will be visible to students.

Any questions may be directed to the following address or email.

Lorelle Mansfield
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway MS 3219
Golden, CO 80401-3305
phone: 303-384-7884
fax: 303-384-7600


Tomorrow! CU Denver Block Party

To celebrate the beginning of the semester, the university Office of Outreach, Events and Alumni Relations invites you to join in the festivities of the first first-ever CU Denver Block Party in downtown Denver on Thursday (August 23).

This free event will be the kickoff to the academic year and is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Activities include a zip line, rock wall, live music and a variety of food trucks from around the city. We hope to see you zooming down the zip line. (I may consider prizes for all who participate!)

And while you’re there, stop by the College of Engineering and Applied Science booth to check out an interactive demo from Dan Connors and his students and the hydrogen fuel-cell car built by mechanical engineering students.

For more information, go to the official Block Party website.


Paper shredding, August 29

Shred-It will be here on Wednesday, August 29. If you have paper/documents that need to be shredded, please contact Barbara Frascello in the Dean’s Office at or 303-556-4678.




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At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.

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