Regents approve Dunn’s appointment as new CEAS dean

Dunn HeadshotDenver (June 16, 2017) – The University of Colorado Denver announced today the appointment of Martin Dunn, Ph.D.  as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dunn, who was hired following a national search, will succeed Marc Ingber who is stepping down after serving as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) for seven years and taking a faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dunn will assume the dean position in January 2018.

“Dr. Dunn will bring a new viewpoint to CEAS that directs academic scholarship toward creating and translating knowledge that broadly impacts both academia and industry,” said David Engelke, acting provost and dean of the Graduate School.

 

Dunn joins CEAS from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) where he is currently the associate provost for research.  In this role he designs, builds and manages the research and innovation enterprise for the university. He also directs the SUTD Digital Manufacturing and Design Research Centre.

Previously, Dunn has worked for the Boeing Company, Sandia National Laboratories and the National Science Foundation.  He also has held a faculty position at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“The significance of universities – and in particular engineering colleges – has never been greater,” said Dunn. “At CU Denver I will champion experiential technical learning with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial and global perspectives, holistically integrated with the development of human and social skills like creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking.  The CU Denver engineering experience will be continually contemporary and allow our students to differentiate themselves and stand out in the market.”

With his extensive background in academia, government and industry, Dunn will bring a rich perspective to CEAS. He will champion contemporary experiential learning with emphasis on entrepreneurial and global perspectives. He aims to support scholarship and partnerships that create and translate knowledge to have an impact both locally and internationally.

Stephen Gedney, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, will lead the college from July 1 until January 2018 when Dunn will begin his tenure as dean.

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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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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Students Shine at Spring Senior Design

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Photo credit: Kate Seppala Photography

On Friday, May 13, 24 teams participated in the Spring 2016 Senior Design Competition and Open House. Nearly 100 students from civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and the College of Architecture and Planning showcased their capstone projects in the North Classroom Atrium. Projects ranged from the design of a new museum for the Denver Police Department to a solar powered boat. Teams presented to a panel of eight industry judges, competing for cash prizes.

The overall winner of the event was Hand Gesture Recognition in Real-time via 3-D Printed Capacitive Wristband from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Departmental winners included:

The event also hosted a group of 60 eighth grade students from Clyde Miller K-8 in Aurora. The students spent an hour meeting with the teams, asking questions about each project, and working on a scavenger hunt.

The Senior Design event is made possible each semester by donors Donald and Karen White.

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.

Nexenta announces new higher ed program; partners with CSE department

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced a new Higher Education Program that encourages partnerships with universities to develop technical curricula to better prepare undergrad STEM students for the workforce. By building on the solid foundation of software engineering and computer science curricula, and adding advanced courses with both academic value and substantial “real world” applicability, Nexenta and partner universities will provide graduates with exceptional tools as they enter the workplace. The program’s charter member is the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado (CU) Denver, which is expected to be closely followed by San Jose State University.

“Universities like CU Denver are known for preparing undergrads for the workplace, but they can’t do this alone,” said Eric Ray, Director of Platform Development at Nexenta, who is spearheading the Higher Ed program. “Bridging the knowledge gap between what they learn in college and real world practices is essential to their success. These schools are doing an excellent job of laying the groundwork. It’s up to industry to do our part to link theory with practice, provide the tools and infrastructure to round out the curriculum, and set the stage for tomorrow’s software innovators.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the job outlook (2012-2022) for software developers is expected to grow 22 percent, well above the 11 percent growth for all categories. One of the factors driving this demand for software talent is the wider deployment of software-defined solutions as the virtualization and automation of the entire operating environment—server, storage and network—is more readily adopted by enterprises.

“We’re excited to give students an edge before they reach the workforce by teaching them how to approach technology based on the needs of today’s enterprises,” said Gita Alaghband, Ph.D., professor and chair of Computer Science and Engineering at CU Denver. “Companies are deploying cloud-based virtual technology that’s very different from what was common even a year ago. Nexenta’s knowledge of open source and software-defined technology should help our students to gain a higher level of expertise, so as new storage engineers, they can hit the ground running when they start their first jobs.”

Initially, CU Denver will offer an advanced storage technology-focused course for exceptional undergraduate students and graduate students, entitled “Computer Storage Systems,” that will be taught by Doug McCallum, former storage engineer with Oracle and Sun Microsystems, in the spring semester, which begins Jan. 19, 2016. Courses to be offered by San Jose State University are currently under development.

Year-End Celebration Slideshow and Recap

The fourth annual College of Engineering and Applied Science Year-End Celebration took place on Friday, May 15, at Ninth Street Park on the Auraria Campus. Nearly 200 people from the college community attended the event and enjoyed delicious food, a photobooth, badminton, a visit from Milo the Lynx, and a lively awards ceremony. Check out the slideshow below, and mark your calendars for May 13, 2016 for next year’s Celebration.

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Mandos named 2015 CEAS Outstanding Staff

Sarah Mandos, program assistant for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been named the 2015 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Staff. The award, which includes a cash prize as well as a commemorative plaque, will be presented at the college Year-End Celebration on May 15.

As the winner of this year’s award, Sarah will be appointed to serve on the selection committee for next year’s Outstanding Staff award.

Congratulations!