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Alumni Connections: College of Engineering and Applied Science, May 2011

Dean DandapaniGreetings from the College of Engineering & Applied Science,

We, the College of Engineering & Applied Science, recently signed a MOU agreement with India’s Global Connect Academy that will allow professionals in India to complete advanced courses in information assurance, the practice of managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data. A pilot program will begin this summer. The students will use a combination of course delivery methods to complete the same degree requirements and academic rigor as students enrolled in on-campus courses. The students in India will take courses taught online by UCCS faculty members in addition to enrolling in courses on-site by UCCS faculty or by lecturers hired by UCCS. We are proud to say that this new academic standard and model program is unique to Colorado and to UCCS. We foresee continued international collaboration and additional education efforts and expansion. To check out the upcoming pilot program schedule click here.

To reflect on the past academic year as a whole we would like to remind you that our undergraduate enrollment was up 12.2% from fall 2009 to fall 2010 for the college. That we, EAS, are very proud to say we more than doubled our recruitment goal for our number of students’ for fall. And in Spring 2011 we would like to report again that Student Credit Hours were up by 19% compared to Spring 2010.

UCCS undergraduate engineering program ranked 7th in the nation among public engineering schools offering bachelors and masters degrees in the 2011 edition of US News and World Report, “America’s Best Colleges.”

EAS has two new Faculty members! Dr Michael Calvisi, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Dr Chuan Yue, Computer Science.

We want to thank you for enduring with us as part of our community, college and commitment to excellence.

Illuminate. Investigate. Innovate.

R. Dandapani

R. Dandapani, Dean
College of Engineering and Applied Science

CU Announces $1.5 Billion Fundraising Campaign

Bruce BensonUniversity of Colorado President Bruce Benson recently announced Creating Futures, a $1.5 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in university history, which will benefit people, programs and places across CU's four campuses.

The university has raised more than $900 million since the silent phase of the campaign began in July 2006. Major fundraising campaigns typically conduct a silent phase to build momentum and engage key constituents. The public phase will continue until the goal is reached. (More)

Science & Engineering Building Now Osborne Center

Ed and Mary OsborneThe largest building at UCCS was renamed in honor of its largest donors, Ed and Mary Osborne of Colorado Springs.

During an outdoor ceremony, the Science & Engineering Building was renamed the Osborne Center for Science and Engineering. The ceremony featured comments by CU President Bruce Benson, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and both Osbornes. But stealing the stage were youngsters from the Family Development Center who performed two songs and presented Mary Osborne with a bouquet. The Family Development Center is one of several campus units benefiting from the Osborne's generosity. (More)

EAB Member of the Month: Dave Khaliqi

Dave KhaliqiDave Khaliqi came to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from Academy School District 20, where he taught secondary science for eight years at the Classical Academy. Dave had the pleasure of being THE science department for several years at the then small charter school. In this position, Dave designed the entire science curriculum from seventh grade to twelfth grade, using inquiry science teaching methods, Socratic questioning, and other classical education strategies.

Before the Classical Academy, Dave lived and taught in South America, western rural Colorado, and Fort Collins, racking up twelve years in secondary science education, during which he also earned his MA in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His primary passion in education is teaching students how to explore the natural world through scientific questioning, then to have fun answering those questions. From designing and building working hovercrafts to spending extended field trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, the point of Dave's teaching is to give students the opportunity to ask and answer the critical questions in science through inquiry and experimentation. Using these methods, Dave was awarded the Classical Academy Teacher of the Year in 2001, the Colorado Charter School Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2005, and a Rivers First Distinguished Environmental Educator award in 2006.

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EAS Annual Awards Brunch

Engineering BuildingThis year’s award ceremony was a hit. With over 125 faculty, students, staff and friends the brunch was beautiful. As the morning continued the sun came out just in time to welcome all guests and visitors. We want to thank any and all alumni who shared in this event with us. We want to thank all industry members for taking the time out to support our students, faculty and staff.  Honoring our students, faculty and staff for their hard work is very important to us, as a college, and to have you, our alumni, share in it with us is something special.

Seminar on Social Networking for Emergency Response

Facebook LogoSocial networking has played a significant role in the organizing the recent protests in Middle East.  It was also used successfully by organizations for disaster relief such  Many government agencies include DHS, DHHS, and Northcom have invented resources and created data fusion centers to extract, filter, and distribute information on social media. It is a challenging research issue to evaluate the trustworthiness, sensitiveness, and impact of the information sources and information itself. Utilizing cloud computing to efficiently distribute timely, customized, sensitive information is another.

In this mini-seminar series, we invite two experts to discuss how social media and networking technologies are used in emergency response and disaster relief, share their recent research activities,  findings, and their insights on what are related challenging research and development issues.   Each of them will give 30 minutes presentation, followed by 15 minutes Q&A.

Talk 1 Title: Building the Unclassified User Defined Operational Picture (UDOP) leveraging the internet and social networks

  • Speaker: Mr. Gary Koch, manager of the NORAD/USNORTHCOM C2 Systems Operations and Maintenance
  • Abstract: Discuss concepts such as Web 2.0, Web 3.0, social networking, semantic web and intelligent compose ability to stimulate further research, collaboration and crowd sourcing.
  • Short Bio: Mr. Gary Koch, SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Pacific, is assigned to the J643 Command and Control (C2) Systems, Situational Awareness Branch at NORAD and USNORTHCOM and serves as the Deputy Branch Chief.  His primary area of emphasis is manager of the NORAD/USNORTHCOM C2 Systems Operations and Maintenance.  Some of the systems under his purview are;  Global Command and Control System (GCCS), NORAD C2, Theatre Battle Management Core System (TBMCS), Joint Blue Forces Situational Awareness, Friendly Force Tracking and Missile Defense.  Before joining government service, Mr. Koch served 26 years in the USMC.  Mr. Koch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Citadel and a Master degree in Information Management Technology from Naval Post Graduate School.

Talk 2 title: Project HEROIC: What Online Informal Communications Reveal About Social Structure and Process in Disaster

  • Speaker:  Dr. Jeannette Sutton
  • Abstract:    I will discuss sociological processes of warnings, rumoring, and information dissemination via online communications in disaster.  I will provide preliminary findings of rumoring research on the Deep-water Horizon Oil Spill and discuss applications of this research.
  • Short Bio: Jeannette Sutton, Ph.D., is a disaster sociologist working with the Trauma Health and Hazards Center at UCCS.  She specializes on the use of informal communication media (social media) for alerts and warnings and crisis communications during disaster.  She has received two grants from the National Science Foundation to conduct this research and is affiliated with several DHS Centers of Excellence.  She is also chairing an international conference on Technology for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (funded by the Office of Naval Research) to be held here in May, 2011.

For photos of the event please click here.

2nd Annual GMI Crossover Applications Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired

EAS PillarsThe 2nd Annual GMI Crossover Applications Technology Conference for the Blind and Visually Impaired was held this past weekend at UCCS. Several awards and recognitions were made in support of this event and its participants. The participants were given the option of 5 different demonstrations with speakers from all around the US and some even video conferencing in from Brazil. The demonstrations showcased technologies including screen readers offered by the Office of Disability Services, games for the visually impaired, learning environments for the blind, and touch, sound, graphics, and aroma devices. With these types of conferences we hope to help drive the costs of these kinds of technologies down and create a more common awareness of new opportunities to create technologies to serve people with disabilities. For photos of the event please click here.

EAS Salutes New Founding Members of GeV Council of Stakeholders

GeV LogoThe UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science and the University of Colorado Foundation salute our newest Founding Members of the Global Engineering Ventures™ Council of Stakeholders.  Donations by Kevin O’Neil and The O’Neil Group Company, and Dr. Brian and Marilyn Miller have helped to launch the college’s new philanthropic program.  The new program will provide stipends for graduate and post-doctoral students, scholarships to recruit and retain student researchers, specialized teaching and research equipment, and support for new business incubation with accelerated job creation.

Global Engineering Ventures™ is a new and innovative research and co-development collaboration between the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This alliance, between the two universities, will provide cutting-edge engineering research and co-development in such areas as national security, assistive technologies, nanotechnology, data visualization, and advance educational delivery systems. For more information please contact David Arrambide at or call (719) 255-5106.

Edna Daniels Selected for 2011 Alumni & Friends Award

Edna DanielsEdna Daniels, chair, Board of Directors for the Community Partnership for Child Development, has volunteered and served professionally far beyond the environment of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the UCCS campus.

Edna's work with the SACHS Foundation to promote scholarships for African American students at UCCS has been called extraordinary. She is involved in the selection, mentoring and general support of these students, with an obvious affection for them that underscores her dedication to Beth-El, UCCS and this community. A 1983 alumnus of Beth-El (prior to its merger with UCCS), Edna has made profound contributions to the welfare of Colorado Springs through her professional nursing activities and volunteer efforts. (More)

In This Issue

CU Announces $1.5 Billion Fundraising Campaign

Science & Engineering Building Now Osborne Center

EAB Member of the Month: Dave Khaliqi

Join us on Facebook

EAS Annual Awards Brunch

Seminar on Social Networking for Emergency Response

2nd Annual GMI Crossover Applications Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired

EAS Salutes New Founding Members of GeV Council of Stakeholders

Edna Daniels Selected for 2011 Alumni & Friends Award

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The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a UCCS alum in Remembering Maj. Philip Ambard: AFA professor's life full of inspiration.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent wrote about a UCCS alum in Garfield County interviews four finalists for lead county attorney featured an article by a UCCS alum in ADD and ADHD symptoms can be a sign of excess sugar and boredom.

The Golf Foundation of Colorado Announces Two Golf Events for 2011

The Golf Foundation of Colorado awards partial/renewable scholarships to Colorado high school graduates wanting to attend a PGA Golf Management university programs. To learn about upcoming golf events that support this mission, visit the Golf Foundation of Colorado's website.