Three students receive prestigious ARCS scholarships

Three College of Engineering and Applied Science students have been awarded 2017 ARCS scholarships: Aaron Buchanan, bioengineering; Scott Spurgeon, mechanical engineering; and Rachelle Walter, bioengineering. These scholarships are awarded by the Colorado Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, which has partnerships with all four University of Colorado campuses, Colorado State University and Colorado School of Mines.

ARCS began in 1958 with a group of women volunteers who understood the importance of scholarship funding in supporting science students who want to make a difference. In September 1958, ARCS Foundation’s goal was officially announced to “. . . raise money for scholarships and fellowships (now known as Scholar Awards) . . . for the support of both undergraduate and graduate students.” Today, ARCS Foundation has 1,300 members in 15 chapters across the United States and has supported more than 9,600 graduate students in a variety of science fields with awards totaling almost $100 million.

ARCS scholarship recipients go through a very competitive selection process, and are selected based on their excellent academic performance and research experience. Buchanan and Walter are first-year graduate students; Spurgeon is a second-year undergraduate student.

Congratulations to Aaron, Scott and Rachelle!

CEAS kickball 2016-photos and recap

On Friday, October 7, more than 40 students, staff and faculty convened on the CU Denver athletic field to play kickball. The weather was beautiful, and everyone had a great time. The first game between the Hemoglobin Trotters (bioengineering) and the Bit Kickers (computer science) ended with a Hemoglobin Trotters victory. Game two was ASCE/civil engineering versus the Grass Kickers (electrical, mechanical and college staff), and resulted in a ASCE/civil engineering victory.

Check out the pictures below. We can’t wait for next year’s games!

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Henao named Mountain Plains Consortium 2015 Student of the Year

2015_HenaoAlejandro Henao, PhD student in civil engineering, was named the 2015 Student of the Year by the Mountain Plains Consortium (MPC) and is featured in the MPC 2015 Annual Report.

Henao is president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers CU Denver Student Chapter and student leader of the active communities/transportation research group. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at numerous national conferences.

Read the entire MPC story.

Congratulations, Alejandro.

Year-End Celebration recap

On May 13, more than 250 faculty, students, staff, alumni and guests attended the fifth annual College of Engineering and Applied Science Year-End Celebration. Guests enjoyed a catered BBQ lunch, photobooth, badminton, and an awards ceremony.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 event, scheduled for May 12, 2017.

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CEM program tours RK Mechanical and VA hospital

IMG_0894On 15 April, the CEM program spent the day in the field, taking 38 students and five faculty/staff to two educational locations.  First we toured RK Mechanical contractor’s fabrication facility in Henderson, CO.  The tour included an overview on how the company uses state-of-the-art technology to improve quality and efficiency through manufacture of construction components in a controlled facility. We also toured the facility and RK Mechanical provided lunch and hardhats for everyone.

The second part of the day was spent at the new VA hospital project touring the huge, complex facility.  The students appreciated the real world exposure to the life cycle of a construction project from drawings to installation to operation.

Bioengineering Spring Open House a Success

open house open house-3 open house-2On Friday, April 8, the Department of Bioengineering hosted their spring Open House from 3-6 pm. Nearly 100 people from the community attended, including prospective undergraduate and graduate students, parents, and high school counselors/advisors. The Open House was held in the new Bioscience 2 building on the Anschutz Medical Campus and was laid out to show off the new space and state-of-the-art laboratories.

Attendees walked through the Research Showcase, which featured bioengineering faculty and students from their labs, and the Undergraduate Showcase, which featured undergraduate class projects, the “Ask an Undergrad” table, and 3D bioprinters. There were also scheduled prospective student informational sessions throughout the evening, as well as a prospective student Q & A and a department welcome given by Dr. Kendall Hunter.

Banaei-Kashani receives GAANN award

Farnoush Banaei-Kashani, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has received a three-year GAANN (Graduate Assistant in Farnoush Banaei-KashaniAreas of National Need) award from U.S. Department of Education to establish an interdisciplinary doctorate fellowship program on the topic of “Big Data Science and Engineering.” The fellowship program will aim to recruit, retain, and train five doctorate fellows on the topic of Big Data Science and Engineering, while founding an education and research program at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering on the same topic in collaboration with a number of other schools and departments across University of Colorado Denver. The fellows will be enrolled in the Computer Science and Information Systems doctorate program and will engage in interdisciplinary research.
Banaei-Kashani is actively recruiting students for the spring 2016 term. Please contact him at farnoush.banaei-kashani@ucdenver.edu for additional information.

Bioengineering programs’ rapid growth featured in CU Today

By Chris Casey, University Communications

AURORA — On a recent day after class, bioengineering student Adam Rauff takes a break inside the spacious and sun-bathed student lounge of the new Bioscience 2 Building. Outside, the building is surrounded by state-of-the-art labs and clinics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

“I’m still feeling out what’s on this campus,” Rauff says. The Bioengineering Department’s new home on the first floor of Bioscience 2 is filled with cutting-edge equipment, classrooms, faculty offices and small-group study rooms. Upstairs, as well as at the Bioscience Park Center across the street, are several startup companies, with more launching every year.

Rauff is a member of the first bioengineering undergraduate cohort to move into upper-division courses at CU Anschutz this fall. The cohort of 15 students began their program in 2013 at CU Denver. “I definitely see the medical campus location as an advantage,” he says. “It’s great being close to the people who encounter these kinds of bioengineering problems in a clinical setting.”

Read more.

Maxworth and CU Denver Motorsports win at Research and Creative Activities Symposium

On Friday, April 17, more than 200 students from CU Denver and CU Anschutz participated in the 18th annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Ten schools and colleges were represented, and two participants from the College of Engineering and Applied Science walked away with awards.

Ashanthi Maxworth, graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Outstanding Graduate Scholarly Activity in Engineering and Applied Science award for her poster presentation, “Whistler Wave Propagation in the Earth’s Ionosphere and Magnetosphere.” Maxworth’s faculty sponsor is Mark Golkowski, assistant professor of electrical engineering.

CU Denver Motorsports, a team of mechanical engineering students, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarly Activity in Engineering and Applied Science award for their senior design project, a formula one race car designed to compete in a collegiate competition this summer. Team members include Alex Fenstermacher, Chris Allen, Michael Baker, Zack Landgren, Byron Pindell, Matt Bunsness, Mark Haden, Austin Voss, Drake Soule, David Richards, Orlando Paredes, Arthur Boo, Tabitha Martinez, and Curtis Sharpsteen; their faculty sponsor is Ron Rorrer, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Congratulations to all of you!

Read the event recap from University Communications.

McIntyre set to be first EAS PhD graduate

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Bill McIntyre, engineering and applied science PhD candidate in civil engineering, successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Alluvial Storage and Recovery in the South Platte River Basin in Colorado-A Design Approach,” on April 8, and is set to be the first graduate of the college’s interdisciplinary EAS PhD program. His graduate committee members include Associate Professor David Mays, Professor Emeritus Lynn Johnson, Assistant Professor Indrani Pal, Dick Wolf, Paul Flack, and Professor Kevin Rens, who is also his major professor, advisor and mentor.

McIntyre will be hooded at commencement on May 16.

Congratulations.