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Alumni Connections: College of Engineering and Applied Science, November 2010

Dan DandapaniHappy Holidays from the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science.

With the winter season now upon us, our thoughts converge on the efforts of one of our very own, Dr Andrew Ketsdever, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Currently, UCCS is hosting the AFRL/JPL/NASA Advanced Propulsion Workshop. The Advanced Propulsion Workshop will focus on key concepts for space access and in-space propulsion. This technology will provide the necessary push for future space exploration missions. Advanced propulsion includes work in several different areas of study including high power systems, high density plasma production and new propulsion technologies. Through ongoing theoretical, computational and experimental studies, your continued interest and support will allow our faculty to continue their work and efforts toward exploration and new technologies.

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


R. Dandapani, Dean
College of Engineering and Applied Science

Alumni Relations Launches New e-Newsletter Platform

Jennifer HaneYou'll notice a few changes in this month's issue of Alumni Connections - primarily the fact that we're now using a new email marketing tool to communicate with you. Our hope is that this new platform will allow us to better manage your communication preferences and create a reading experience that is more enjoyable for you. We'll continue fine-tuning the system in the months ahead, so please feel free to share any feedback on design or content via email. We value your opinion.

Engineering Advisory Board Member of the Month: John R. Reinert, D.M.

John ReinertJohn Reinert is Director of R&D and Program Management at Aeroflex Colorado Springs (Colorado).  Currently, he is responsible for defining and managing Company Research and Development Programs as well as overseeing Program Management and Product Development Methodologies.  Dr. Reinert holds five patents in electronic design and has published a number of technical and management papers.  He has extensive training and experience in management processes and tools and is experienced in teaching and facilitating team processes.  Dr. Reinert received his BSEE degree from Colorado State University, his MSEE from Arizona State University, and a Doctorate in Management from Colorado Technical University.

Dr. Reinert has 42 years experience in integrated circuit design and management and has been with Aeroflex Colorado Springs for more than 29 years.  Prior work experience includes Motorola Semiconductor Products, NCR Microelectronics, UTC-Mostek and United Technologies Microelectronics Center (UTMC).

Dr. Reinert is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active in local, regional, and International levels of the organization.  Dr. Reinert serves as chair of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Engineering Advisory Board. He is a Past President of IEEE-USA, a past member of the IEEE Board of Directors and a past member of the Engineering Management Society Board of Governors.  He is active in industry relations, efforts to increase young member participation, and local leadership and management development.  Currently he is leading an initiative to develop a Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) for IEEE.

The Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance hosts the HAaNS 2010 Conference

EAS PillarsOn behalf of Michael Semmens, a member of our College Engineering Advisory Board, we all have been provided this opportunity to take a look into the HAaNS 2010 Conference.

The Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance (RMTA) was proud to declare the 2nd annual High Altitude and Near Space Conference a success. The Mission of the Near Space Conference is to provide an ongoing forum for the presentation and perpetuation of Near Space technology development, policy, and commercialization. Please click on the link above for videos and conference details.

Other News from the College of Engineering and Applied Science

Science and Engineering BuildingWorkshop blasts off. UCCS will host some of the world's leading rocket scientists at the Advanced Space Propulsion Workshop, organized by the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers and Andrew Ketsdever, assistant professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. (More)

Faculty honored for contributions to local economy. Terry Boult, El Pomar Chair of Innovation and Security, Michael Larson, El Pomar Chair of Engineering and Innovation and associate vice chancellor for research and innovation, and Jesse McClure, senior assistant research faculty, Engineering, were honored Monday by the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. and Peak Venture Group. (More)

Southern Colorado Colleges Cooperate to Improve Regional Education

El Pomar Center Clock TowerFueled by a $750,000 Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education, a group of southern Colorado colleges and universities will work cooperatively to increase the number of southern Colorado residents who attend college. (More)


Save the Date: 2011 CU Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

Capitol DomeSave the Date for the 2011 CU Advocacy Day on Friday, January 28 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Colorado State Capitol (200 East Colfax, Denver, CO). Watch for more details and online registration during the first week of January.



Special Thanks to Our Sponsor: Ent Federal Credit Union

Ent LogoThe Office of Alumni Relations would like to extend a special thank you to Ent Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the 2010 issue of The Roar. Ent Federal Credit Union is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with over 50 years of experience serving the community. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with 27 service centers, offering personal and business banking services to those in the Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Denver areas. Ent offers a variety of services and conveniences, giving members the FREEDOM to live life on their own terms.


In This Issue

Alumni Relations Launches New e-Newsletter Platform

Engineering Advisory Board Member of the Month: John R. Reinert, D.M.

The Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance hosts the HAaNS 2010 Conference

Other News from the College of Engineering and Applied Science

Southern Colorado Colleges Cooperate to Improve Regional Education

Save the Date: 2011 CU Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

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