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Alumni Connections:
College of Engineering and Applied Science,
September 2010
Dear ,

Dandapani

Greetings from the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science.

It is the start of another month and official enrollment numbers are in. After census date, undergraduate enrollment is up 12.2% from fall 2009 to fall 2010 for the College of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS). The College is very proud to say we have more than doubled our recruitment goal for our number of students compared to last year. Concurrent enrollment with PPCC and Otero Junior College is also up. To stay on top of academic participation and involvement, VC Homer Wesley has given his full participation to our new recruitment and retention plan. With monthly meetings we can already foresee progress. The Engineering Advisory Board (EAB) continues its contributions to the growth and development of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The Board's many industry contacts and partnerships are allowing us, as a college, to establish and create research pathways, fiscal advancements and expand our students everyday classroom and lab experience. We want to thank you again for enduring with us as part of our community, college and commitment to excellence.

Illuminate-Investigate-Innovate

R. Dandapani
Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Enrollment is Largest Ever
 
Students in DwireStudent enrollment at UCCS this fall is the highest in the university's history with almost 9,000 students enrolled, university officials announced Sept. 14. (More)
UCCS to Lead 9/11 Monument Design

 

9/11 BeamA 750 lb piece of a box beam that once supported one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center sits in the MAE Senior Design Lab in the Science and Engineering Building, its twisted shape a vivid reminder of the devastation of September 11, 2001. Cheyenne Mountain Air Station (CMAS) came to UCCS with the request that this artifact be fashioned into a memorial exhibit to be installed at the Air Station and unveiled on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Taking responsibility for this effort is a team of Mechanical Engineering seniors who will lead the design effort as their capstone Senior Design project.

A formal reception for the 9/11 artifact will be held at 12:15 p.m. on October 15 in front of the Science and Engineering building, with speakers including UCCS Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak, Coln Wilson from CMAS, and Mr. Donald Addy, President of the National Homeland Security Foundation. The artifact will remain in the custody of the UCCS campus, and will be on display in the observation windows of SENG A311, until it is returned to Cheyenne Mountain in late November to await incorporation into the 9/11 memorial exhibit.

Because the exhibit will ultimately be installed in a secure facility that is inaccessible to the general public, the design team will take on the concurrent design of a companion piece to be permanently displayed on the UCCS campus. (More)

WuffIT Success Showcases BI Program

PhoneIn spring 2009, Allison Brown, a local entrepreneur, approached the BI faculty about a new spinoff possibility for a project called WuffIT. EAS selected a team of BI students who worked on the project as their job for the summer and fall (multiple students earned over $6,000 in that time). The students developed all the new software for the android phone to allow it to track and manage the movement of pests via GPS. They also set up the full e-commerce site.  

Senior Design Team Designs a System to Allow Disabled Students to Experience Music

Piano KeysThe Gazette recently featured a group of senior design students who created a multisensory feedback system prototype. The students (Sean McCormick, Josh Lawson, and Jessica Detwiller) designed the device that could serve as a teaching aid for a variety of students with disabilities, including those who are autistic, nonverbal, deaf or blind. When the device is perfected, it could provide new communication pathways through patterns of touch, sound and sight.


UCCS Unveils New License Plate

UCCS License Plate
You asked for it, and it's finally here: a UCCS license plate to show your mountain lion pride! The plate will be available at your local County Clerk beginning on Monday, January 3. To celebrate the arrival of this program, we're offering you a special deal: pre-order your plate before December 1 and save $25 off our regular license plate price. Learn more online.
Cool Science Festival Comes to Campus

Test TubesMore than 5,000 budding scientists and science enthusiasts were recently on campus for the Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival. (More)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about this event in Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival convenes at UCCS and in Stuff will explode, stuff will fly
EPIIC Celebrates Accomplishments

EPIIC LogoAbout 150 people attended a recent luncheon to receive the annual report and to celebrate the accomplishments of El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization. (More) 
Other News from the College of Engineering and Applied Science

Campus PanoramicKOAA interviewed UCCS faculty member Michael Larson in What If Festival

Colleen Stiles joined the College of Engineering and Applied Science as an instructor. Stiles previously worked in business development. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and an master's from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Nicole Urban joined the College of Engineering and Applied Science as a post-doctoral fellow, effective Aug. 1.

Join Us for the Alumni Advancement Lecture Series
 
Don KlingnerJoin us on October 2 at 9:30 a.m. for the fall 2010 Alumni Advancement Lecture Series featuring University of Colorado Distinguished Professor Don Klingner from the School of Public Affairs speaking on "Civic Engagement and Public Service: the Vital Role of Colorado's Public Universities." Learn more online.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsor 
 
Ent LogoThe Office of Alumni Relations would like to extend a special thank you to Ent Federal Credit Union, exclusive sponsor of our printed alumni publication, The Roar.
 
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In This Issue
Enrollment is Largest Ever
UCCS to Lead 9/11 Monument Design
WuffIT Success Showcases BI Program
Senior Design Team Designs a System to Allow Disabled Students to Experience Music
UCCS Unveils New License Plate
Cool Science Festival Comes to Campus
EPIIC Celebrates Accomplishments
Other News from Engineering & Applied Science
Join Us for the Alumni Advancement Lecture Series
Quick Links

UCCS Alumni and Friends Association
 
Special Events
  
Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring "I am Nikola Tesla": 
Join us on September 30 at 6:30 p.m.for the next 
Alumni Night at Theaterworks. Learn more online.
 
Alumni Advancement Lecture Series featuring Don Klingner:
Join us on October 2 at 9:30 a.m. as Don Klingner speaks on "Civic Engagement and Public Service: the Vital Role of Colorado's Public Universities." Learn more online.

UCCS PGA Golf Management Program Charity Golf Classic
:
October 22 at the Broadmoor, Learn more and/or register online.

Cafe Scientifique on "Vitamin D:  Hyped Up or Home Run for Health?"
November 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Clyde's Pub, UCCS University Center. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (719) 255-3180 for more information.
 
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