VanDijk named BIOE director of student services

Angela VanDijk, who has served as the bioengineering undergraduate program coordinator and advisor since 2013, is the Department of Bioengineering’s new Director of Student Services. In this newly created role, Angela will oversee all degree program operations and is responsible for organizing and managing student recruitment, retention and engagement activities. She will work closely with staff, faculty, and other individuals across our campuses to ensure that bioengineering students receive the guidance and support they need to be successful in their given programs.

Angela comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in student and academic affairs. Prior to moving to Colorado she lived in New York City where she served as an Assistant Dean in the Division of Student Affairs at Columbia University and more recently as the Acting Director of Advising Services at the City University of New York’s Hunter College.

In an effort to support students on both the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campuses, Angela will maintain two office locations. She invites students to email her at or call 303-724-9972 to inquire about her schedule or to make an appointment.

Please join the bioengineering department in welcoming Angela as she transitions into this role.  We know she will do a great job but also would appreciate your patience as she fits into her new responsibilities.

Electrical engineering department receives funding from Qualcomm

Qualcomm is funding a University of Colorado Denver project, “Accelerating Visual Computing Algorithms for Enhanced 3D Sensing,” lead by Dan Connors, assistant professor of electrical engineering. The $30,000 grant from Qualcomm will support student research in designing next-generation mobile processor architectures.

The core objective of the project is to explore energy efficient algorithms that can overcome the power dissipation issues of mobile platforms. Traditional mobile processors scale poorly when attempting to emulate human vision functions, and thus a novel smart architecture is necessary to enable real-time analysis with limited constraints. The proposed work enables the investigation of smart architectures that use all silicon resources (CPU, GPU and DSP) to enable human-like understanding. A component of the work will extend the group’s current framework for approximate parallel computing (APC) that allows a programmer to dynamically govern the execution of parallel tasks within processor resources with respect to specific algorithm, data, and machine characteristics.

The funded project builds on existing momentum and success of Connors’ research group in embedded systems and computer engineering. Specifically, in May, Connors lead a team of electrical engineering students to win first place in the Intel Cornell Cup Embedded Design Competition with a 3D vision system capable of executing a 3D Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm for unmanned vehicles. Qualcomm also hired Skyler Saleh, BS ’15, as a full-time engineer based on his work on the project.