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

DandapaniGreetings from the College of Engineering & Applied Science,

Your UCCS College of Engineering & Applied Science completed the 2010-2011 academic year on a high note with a bright future ahead for the Fall semester.  The college has exceeded both its enrollment goals and its revenue goals for research and extended studies for the last academic year.  Enrollment for all college departments, including extended studies, continued our dynamic growth trend.  Our current engineering student enrollment projections for this Fall are averaging increases of over 23% for the undergraduate programs and over 150% for extended studies, when compared to last year.    

Based on these positive projections, we are boldly looking ahead with our alumni, students, faculty, and Engineering Advisory Board members.  We are engaged in a new planning process with a series of meetings and targeted surveys.  The process is called “Creating the Future,” as we look at revising our goals and developing action plans.  The ambitious goal-setting process is focused on ways we can increase support in all areas for our students and faculty.  We are setting new goals for increased student recruitment, retention, and internships.  We are also exploring ways to enhance our academic offerings and expand our growth in research and co-development.   

Our linkage to India’s Global Connect Academy continues to make progress, with plans for professionals in India to complete our advanced courses in information assurance, the practice of managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data.  We are also focusing on our special research and co-development collaboration program with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and their College of Engineering and Information Technology (UALR EIT).  Called “Global Engineering Ventures™ (GeV),” the collaboration has a project underway this summer.  The GeV project will create the “CoView DataLabs™” to innovatively link the two campuses for shared projects in data visualization.  We also have a unique philanthropic approach to help support the GeV collaboration program through donor’s gifts.

If you would like to know more about our “Creating the Future” planning process or how you can support the GeV program with a donation to the CU Foundation, please contact us.  As alumni, you are an important part of our plans for the future.  We want to thank you for your continued involvement and your willingness to be an active part of our community, college, and commitment to excellence.

R. Dandapani

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EAB Member of the Month: Carley Ries

Carley RiesCarley Ries received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1995. In 2002, she completed her Master’s in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University in Texas. Carley has been working with and for academic institutions since the complete of her undergraduate degree. She worked for the University of Nevada for over 13 years before she joined the Campus Wide Extended Studies Office last year. Carley is currently the Director of Campus Wide Extended Studies and a member of the UCCS Online Task Force Committee and Community Centers Task Force Committee. Carley takes an active role on campus and has a proven record of expanding the reach of a university and its programs. As a member of the Engineering Advisory Board, Carley brings a unique point of view and experience to the table.

Global Engineering Ventures

GeV LogoGlobal 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. This new philanthropic 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.

For more information please contact David Arrambide at or call (719) 255-5106.

EAS Faculty Win Awards

SemwalDr. Sudhanshu Semwal, Computer Science Department was awarded over 10,000 dollars from ToLTech Inc. for his TOL-UCCS Project. Touch of Life Technologies is located here in Colorado and sells a full line of health education software. For more information click here. The project is related to rendering complex surfaces which can be felt interactively for visualization and medical applications.  He will be working with three EAS students and the project will end in September.


KalkurDr. Thottam Kalkur, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was awarded over $25,000 dollars for his project entitled “Tunable RF Band Pass Filters Based on Multiferroic Nanocomposites.” The project is to build tunable band pass filters based on multiferroic nanocomposites. These filters can be tuned by electric and magnetic field where as the conventional band pass filters can be tuned by Electric or Magnetic field only. The project is sponsored by Structural material Industries (SMI), NJ as a subcontract to their phase I SBIR with Navy.

UCCS launches new degree program with German university

Tom ZwirleinStudents studying finance or international business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will have the opportunity to study euros in addition to dollars as part of a new dual-bachelor’s degree program with the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management located in Frankfurt, Germany.

Beginning this fall, UCCS students will have the opportunity to earn degrees from both UCCS and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, according to Tom Zwirlein, professor, College of Business. The dual degrees will provide students with credentials that will allow them to work in the fast-growing field of international business and banking. (More)

Elite Triathlon Academy launched at UCCS

USA TriathlonThe Elite Triathlon Academy, a landmark program that will provide the United States’ top up-and-coming triathletes the opportunity to receive a top-notch college education while benefiting from a full-time coach and the nation’s best training resources, will debut this fall at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with national-level support from USA Triathlon and the United States Olympic Committee.

The ultimate goal of the program, directed by Keith Dickson, the founder of the Illinois-based Multisport Madness Triathlon Team, is to develop potential Olympic triathletes into medal contenders on the sport’s biggest stage. Five of the nation’s best emerging multisport athletes, including 2010 Youth Olympic Games medalists Kevin McDowell and Kelly Whitley, comprise the first class of the Elite Triathlon Academy, which will enroll at UCCS in August. (More)

Middle schoolers put science into action at UCCS summer program

El Pomar Clock TowerMiddle school students participated in activities including decoding their own DNA to designing robots as part of a series of real life science workshops at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

About 300 students from the Pikes Peak region and southwestern Colorado visited UCCS June 8 and 9 to participate in hands-on experiences designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The workshops mixed serious science and math skills with fun as students worked on projects ranging from explorations of DNA to designing mousetrap-powered vehicles, solar cars, model rockets, audio engineering, electric circuit design and crime scene investigations to name a few. (More)

Alumni Association Update

Jennifer HaneWe hope this email finds you well and enjoying a beautiful summer season. At your alma mater, we're busy planning programs and activities for the coming Academic Year. While specific dates will be announced shortly, a few highlights we're excited about are as follows:

  • Career Guidance: A month of career/educational guidance for alumni, to include an interviewing/resume workshop, an evening of speed mentoring, and a graduate school information session and open house.
  • Roar on the Road: Visits to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, DC - watch for more information and additional destinations soon
  • Chapters: Alumni chapters forming in Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, DC
  • Online Community: A new online community that will allow you to search for former classmates, manage your communication preferences, register for events, post photos and class notes and more. We'll have more information on this exciting opportunity for alumni later this summer.

As always, if you have suggestions or comments regarding event programming, let us know! We value your feedback and are working to create meaningful ways for you to stay connected to your alma mater.

Renewing your license plates this summer? Don't forget to order the new UCCS license plate!

UCCS License PlateYou asked for it, and it’s finally here: a UCCS license plate to show your mountain lion pride! Ordering is easy:

  • Make a $50 tax-deductible donation to the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association. Use our online application or print a license plate application to submit your payment today.
  • We will mail your License Plate Approval Certificate to present to your local county clerk. (Please note that the county clerk will charge you an additional one-time fee of $50 to purchase the special UCCS plate in addition to your regular registration fees).

That’s a total plate cost of $100. We look forward to seeing you on the road!

Alumni in the News

University CenterSteve Bach was mentioned in Steve Bach sworn in as Mayor of Colorado Springs

Andrew "Drew" Gorgey was mentioned in Gorgey named new Garfield County attorney

Richard Olson was mentioned in Erie names 4 finalists for town administrator post

Candace Thornton was mentioned in Mustangs name girls basketball coach

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Global Engineering Ventures

EAS Faculty Win Awards

UCCS launches new degree program with German university

Elite Triathlon Academy launched at UCCS

Middle schoolers put science into action at UCCS summer program

Alumni Association Update

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We currently do not have any special events scheduled but are working on developing a number of alumni activities for the coming Academic Year.

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