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In June, 2011, The Department of Bioengineering at CU Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus welcomes Daewon Park, PhD who joins the department as Assistant Professor on July 1, 2011. Dr. Park is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering at University of Pittsburgh. In collaboration with Department of Pediatrics and Department of Ophthalmology, he will grow a vigorous and interdisciplinary research program in polymer-based biomaterials and drug delivery. According to Dr. Robin Shandas, Professor and Founding Chair, “Daewon's work in next-generation polymer-based drug delivery techniques fits well with our department's focus on translating science and engineering discoveries into effective medical therapies. I look forward to continuing to grow our department with Dr. Park.”

In June, 2011, the College of Engineering and Applied Science is proud to announce that civil engineering professor, Lynn Johnson, has been appointed Professor Emeritus. Dr. Johnson has provided 27 years of exceptional service to the University. In that time, he was instrumental in the development of a very successful program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In addition he has been crucial in contributing to both the undergraduate and graduate civil engineering programs in many different forms of teaching, research, and service activities.

In April, 2011, the Department of Bioengineering at CU Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus welcomes Richard K.P. Benninger, PhD who joins the department as Assistant Professor on July 1, 2011. Dr. Benninger is currently Research Instructor in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In collaboration with the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, he will lead a vigorous research program in Biophotonics, islet cell biophysics, and modeling. Founding chair Dr. Robin Shandas says, "We are delighted that Richard is joining us as we expand our department. This will help grow critical mass in advanced biophotonics research, and build additional research collaborations with the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and other programs in the School of Medicine."

In April, 2011, Stephan Durham, Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department received the Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award. An article in the Concrete International Journal was published in the April 2011 issue detailing Durham's achievements. The Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award recognizes new faculty members for excellence and innovation in the teaching of concrete design, materials, or construction.

In March, 2011, Joshua Knight, a PhD candidate at our Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems has been selected to receive the MWH Graduate Scholarship Award of $5,000, presented by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Joshua Knight is being advised by Professor Anu Ramaswami, and will be studying nutrient flows and recovery in urban water and wastewater systems. To learn more about the AWWA please visit

In February, 2011, Dr. Mark Stenmark, Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and co-principal investigators Robin Shandas, Kendall Hunter and Emily Gibson of the Department of Bioengineering are named Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Pilot Grant Awardees for 2011. They share the Team Science Award - $100,000 for “A Systems Biology Approach to Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Integrating Vascular Stiffness with Cardiac Function and Microvascular Disease.”

In February, 2011, Kendall Hunter, Assistant Professor in The Department of Bioengineering, is the first winner of the Chang Faculty Research Award. Professor Nien-Ying Chang and his wife May have generously provided this annual award to encourage junior tenure-track faculty members toward achievement and success during the early stages of their careers. Dr. Hunter focuses his research on development, diagnosis, and progression of pulmonary hypertension.

In January, 2011, PhD Student in Civil Engineering, Joshua Knight, was awarded the prestigious 2010 Golden Key FORD Engineering Scholarship. This award recognizes US members who excel in the study of engineering and is granted to only two graduate students nationwide every year. To learn more about Gold Key visit

On January 25, 2011, the American Council of Engineering Compaines (ACEC) held a lunch recognizing the Senior Design recipients of the ACEC awards from the December competition. Teams from the Civil, Electrical and Mechanical departments received plaques honoring their achievements.

In the January 2011 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Jan Bialasiewicz, who is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, served as Guest Editor of the Special Section on Renewable Energy Systems, Part I, and co-authored the Guest Editorial article, which features his short biography. Also in this issue, Bialasiewicz’s papers are cited nine times by different authors.

On January 15, 2011, Stephan Durham received a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the project entitled “Evaluation of Thin-Bonded Overlays on Concrete Surfaces with Anti-Icing Properties on I-225/Parker Road and I-25/I-225 Flyover Structures (Phase-II)." The goal of the project is to determine the effectiveness of two anti-icing overlays, service performance and the economic impacts of thin-bonded overlay applications.

On December 21, 2010, Jason Ren and Jaedo Park lit the proverbial Christmas tree using fuel cell power from waste water, including scenes from Tech 102 and the new power laboratory in NC 2613. The lighting was covered by Channel 7 News and includes a short video clip of the event.

On December 13 and 14, 2010, Anu Ramaswami chaired the NSF-sponsored "Joint U.S.-China Workshop—Pathways toward Low Carbon Cities: Quantifying Baselines and Interventions" held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Atmospheric chemists, infrastructure modelers, engineers, industrial ecologists, planners, policymakers and social scientists met to discuss and explore methods, tools and frameworks to address the challenges in achieving low-carbon cities of the future.

Workshop objectives included discovering transboundary challenges in quantifying GHG emissions associated with urban activities, sharing examples of design and rapid diffusion of low-carbon technology and policies in cities, and discussion of ways to collaborate to measure the effectiveness of policies as well as the barriers to translating effective technology policies across cities. Jason Ren also participated in this workshop.

In November 2010, Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP) grants for 2010-2011 were awarded to Robin Shandas and to Emily Gibson with Tim Lei. The BDEGP program was created by the Colorado legislature to foster development of the industry in Colorado; it supports technology transfer and commercialization with grants to qualified research institutions and to early-stage companies.

On November 14-17, 2010, civil engineering faculty and doctoral students from the College of Engineering and Applied Science participated in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) national conference entitled "Green Streets & Highways" held in the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Poster sessions included “High Volume Fly Ash Concrete for Highway Pavements” (Stephan Durham), “Bicycle Crashes: Directly Related to Bicycle Traffic Volume” (Krista Nordbeck), “Sustainable Concrete for the Urban Environment: Investigating Issues that Prevent Sustainable Street and Highway Development” (Andrea Solis); and presentations at technical sessions included “Durability of Sustainable Concrete Mixtures” (Rui Liu, Kevin Rens, Stephan Durham).

J. Kenneth Ortega, PhD has published an article entitled “Plant Cell Growth in Tissue” in the November 2010 issue of Plant Physiology.

On Friday, September 29, Anu Ramaswami presented on “Innovations in Greenhouse Gas Inventory Methods at the City-Scale” at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s 19th International Emission Inventory Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

Kendall Hunter has received a five-year “Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25)” for career and research development from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This award encourages translational interdisciplinary collaboration in clinical and engineering research. Hunter’s career goal is to contribute to cardiology and the clinical and basic science tools that diagnose and measure cardiac function and disease.

Anu Ramaswami, the director of the new Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, presented on “Lifecycle Emissions: Innovations in GHG Emissions Inventories” at the 2010 ICLEI Local Action Summit in Washington, D.C. on September 25, 2010.

From September 13-15, Bogdan Chlebus attended the 24th International Symposium on Distributed Computing held during September 13-15 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He presented a paper “Scalable Quantum Consensus for Crash Failures” and chaired two sessions.

On August 23, the College of Engineering welcomed the inaugural class of the first bioengineering department in Colorado! Robin Shandas, department and founding chair, welcomed seventeen new graduate students at this week’s orientation, along with faculty including Kendall Hunter and Emily Gibson. The bioengineering department is highly integrated with the Anschutz Medical Campus, where it is located. The master’s program is geared toward expanding students’ expertise in medical imaging, medical device development, and clinical protocols. Doctoral students train under both engineering and clinical mentors.

In August 2010, Anu Ramaswami was selected by the National Science Foundation to chair a joint US-China workshop on “Pathways toward Low Carbon Cities: Quantifying Baselines and Inventories.” The workshop will be planned in conjunction with faculty from University of Wisconsin and Hong Kong Polytechnic University and will be held on December 13- 14, 2010 in Hong Kong.

Peter Jenkins presented papers at two conferences this summer: “An Experimental Study of the Effects of Fischer-Tropsch Blends with Diesel #2 and JP5 on the Performance of a Rolls-Royce Model 250-C20B Gas Turbine Engine,” at the ASME Turbo Expo 2010 held June 14-18 in Glasgow, Scotland; “UCD Sports Engineering Program” (UC Denver co-authors A. Plaseied and M. Khodaee) and “It’s Not about the Bike: Factors Correlated with Better Performance in a High Altitude Ultra-Endurance Mountain Bike Race” (UC Denver co-authors A. Plaseied, and M. Khodaee, J. Hill, and J. Lee) at the 8th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association held July 12-16 in Vienna, Austria.

On Wednesday, July 14, Anu Ramaswami presented “Trans-boundary Greenhouse Gas Accounting for Cities” at the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference held at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.

During July 4-7, Jan Bialasiewicz presented a paper entitled “Performance Study of Current-Controlled Versus Voltage-Controlled Radio Frequency Power Generator at Law Sampling Frequency” and was the co-chair of the special session “New Challenges in Power Quality” at the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics held in Bari, Italy.

In July, Jason Ren and Peter Jenkins were awarded a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for their proposal titled “Low-energy Desalination and Electricity Generation in Bioelectrochemical Systems.” This project will develop a lab scale system to simultaneously desalinate salt water, treat wastewater and produce direct electricity.

During June and July, Fernando Mancilla-David was a visiting professor at L'Ecole supérieure d'électricité (Supelec) in Gif-sur-Ivette, France, engaging in collaborative research in advanced control algorithms for renewable energy systems with Dr. Romeo Ortega, a research director at CNRS and an IEEE Fellow. As a part of his visit, on June 10 Fernando gave a seminar entitled “FACTS and Custom Power Technology: Smart Devices for Smart Grids.”

During June and July, Fernando Mancilla-David was a visiting professor at L'Ecole supérieure d'électricité (Supelec) in Gif-sur-Ivette, France, engaging in collaborative research in advanced control algorithms for renewable energy systems with Dr. Romeo Ortega, a research director at CNRS and an IEEE Fellow. As a part of his visit, on June 10 Fernando gave a seminar entitled “FACTS and Custom Power Technology: Smart Devices for Smart Grids.”

Titsa Papantoni serves on the 2010 CREST NSF panel, which met on May 24 and 25 in Arlington, Virginia.

Dan Connors is Co-PI (PI, Dr. Julien Langou, UC Denver) on a grant, “II-New: GPU Cluster for Computing Research,” recently funded through the National Science Foundation. This project is for the acquisition of a GPU cluster dedicated to research on high performance computing. The infrastructure will enable the investigation of the theoretical cost efficiency (GFlop/sec/dollar) and the theoretical power efficiency (GFlop/sec/Watt) of high performance computer systems.

In April 2010, Mark Golkowski received a DARPA grant to investigate the effects of lightning, as one of a group of investigators. The UC Denver component will investigate, in particular, "understanding (the) dynamic, energetic interactions within the upper atmosphere and the ionosphere driven by natural and rocket-triggered lightning." The award calls for construction of three very low frequency (VLF) radio receivers that will be deployed in the central United States to study the effects of both natural and rocket triggered lightning.