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

Dan DandapaniSeason's Greetings from the College of Engineering and Applied Science!

As our fall semester comes to a close we catch ourselves reflecting on the past year. EAS has had two new faculty members join us from around the world: Dr. Chuan Yue, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department, and Dr. Michael Calvisi, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department.

As numbers keep climbing for spring enrollment, we once again return to the thought that undergraduate enrollment was up 12.2% from fall 2009 to fall 2010 for the College. We, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS), are very proud to say we have more than doubled our recruitment goal for our number of students for fall and hope to do the same for spring as the holidays draw near. 

To reflect on more college news, the UCCS undergraduate engineering program ranked seventh in the nation among public engineering schools offering bachelor's and master's degrees in the 2011 edition US News and World Report and the college, as a whole, is showing increased research production and working on national and international collaborative efforts in education and research. We want to thank you again for enduring with us as part of our community, college and commitment to excellence.

As the days quickly count down and you consider your year-end giving, let me assure you that your contribution to the College of Engineering and Applied Science will have an important and immediate impact on our students and faculty. 

Please make your contribution today using our safe and easy online giving site or by calling 719-255-5101 or 1-800-405-9488.

For more information about the College of Engineering and Applied Science and how your gift will make a difference, please visit our website.

Once again, thank you for your support. All the best for 2011!

Dr. R. Dandapani, Dean
College of Engineering and Applied Science

Engineering Advisory Board Member of the
Month
: Dr. Nina Polok

Nina PolokDr. Nina Polok was picked as the EAB Board Member of the month in this December EAS Alumni Connections communication because she is a key individual to the success and motivation behind the EAB and as a faculty member of EAS. Dr. Polok holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering, an MBA in Information Systems, and a PhD in Strategy, Organization, and Management with emphasis in Organizational Change and Development. She has most recently worked at Agilent Technologies as the Business HR Manager for a global business unit, responsible for driving cross-functional and cross-organizational collaboration across 2000 people in 25 countries. Dr. Polok is a unique individual and adds her passion and past experience to every task. To check out more click here.

Computer Science Faculty Member is announced as UCCS' New Inventor of the Year

Rory LewisDr. Rory Lewis will be recognized as UCCS' New Inventor of the Year at the Annual Awards Banquet at the Tivoli UC Denver downtown campus on Tuesday, January 18.

Please check out his website for more information: http://www.rorylewis.com.

High School Engineering Expo

High School ExpoThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Engineering and Applied Science would like to extend an invitation for you and your high school student to attend our event. We will have demos, short talks, students, faculty and staff ready to give you a real life glimpse into the world of engineering and what goes on within our college. For more info check out our website.

 

Mechanical and Aerospace Tether Sling

Tether SlingSpace Grant students are continuing to work under Dr. Tragesser on a laboratory demonstration of the dynamics and controls challenges associated with a "space sling�? – an electrically driven device that could one day propel objects into orbit. Senior Andrew Bennett is heading the team which is currently calibrating and testing the tether reel mechanism (left side of photo) design by Scott Harder (B.S. 2009) along with some help from the Space Grant mascot.

Berliner Receives Honorary Doctorate

Robert BerlinerRobert Berliner, attorney, author, and founder of Berliner & Associates, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at UCCS commencement ceremonies December 17.

Berliner is known for his expertise in all things relating to intellectual property. University officials consider his service invaluable in protecting the rights and interests of the university's creative minds. With decades of practice in all aspects of intellectual property, he uses his knowledge to benefit the university and its special needs. (More)

UCCS Launches Weekend University

Science & Engineering BuildingUCCS is now offering Saturday courses in a condensed 10 week format via Weekend University!  Courses begin Feb. 12th and conclude April 30th.  Now you have the option to study on Saturdays without interrupting your weekday routine!  No charge for parking and scholarships are available for fall 2011.  For further information about Weekend University please visit our website or contact us at weekends@uccs.edu or 719-255-3498. 

Alumni Profile: Christy Sipsey, BA '01 and MBA '03, Chair of the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board

Christy SipseyChristy Sipsey graduated in 2001 with a BA in business administration and continued her education at UCCS, where she received her MBA in 2003. Since Christy arrived at UCCS as an undergraduate, the campus has benefited greatly from her involvement and leadership. She credits UCCS with her sound educational foundation based on the unique opportunities presented through smaller class sizes and greater opportunities for faculty-student interaction. Using her education from UCCS as a solid foundation, Christy has propelled herself to a high level of involvement with the business community in the Pikes Peak region. (More)

Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship Recipient: James Vedral

James VedralI am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Physics. Although it is a very challenging field, I find that it is very rewarding and want to someday use my knowledge of physics to address some of humanity's most challenging problems. I am working with Dr. Anatoliy Pinchuk's research team to address these issues. We currently have several projects that could lead to breakthroughs in cancer treatment, photovoltaic efficiency, and many other fields.

I feel strongly about volunteering and take time every year to help my community in some way. I hope to always continue this tradition and someday pass it along to my children. However, volunteering was becoming increasingly difficult with graduate school and work. Thanks to the Alumni Association Scholarship, I was able to give back to the community by donating time to local food drives and a winter coat drive for elementary school children. I want to thank the Alumni Association for their generosity, help, and everything they do. Without them the University would not be the great place it is today.

Be Among the First to Display your UCCS License Plate

UCCS License PlateJanuary 3 is just around the corner, and for those of you who don't already know, that is the first day that you can pick up your UCCS license plate at your local county clerk. The license plate program is a great way to support your alma mater while showing your Mountain Lion pride. Each plate costs a total of $100 - $50 of which is a tax-deductible contribution to the Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship Fund.

In order to keep the plate in circulation, we must sell 500 plates by January 1, 2012. We're 80 license plates toward reaching that goal, so the time to help us solidify this new program is today. Learn more online or call (719) 255-3180 for details.

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.

 

 

In This Issue

Engineering Advisory Board Member of the
Month
: Dr. Nina Polok

Computer Science Faculty Member is announced as UCCS' New Inventor of the Year

High School Engineering Expo

Mechanical and Aerospace Tether Sling

Berliner Receives Honorary Doctorate

UCCS Launches Weekend University

Alumni Profile: Christy Sipsey, BA '01 and MBA '03, Chair of the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board

Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship Recipient: James Vedral

Be Among the First to Display your UCCS License Plate

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

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