MCEDC Weekly Digest, October 16, 2015
Student News & Events
Update from Your EDC Student Representative

Read the  update   from Nick Valcourt, the EDC Student Representative to the MCEDC Leadership Team.

"I want to take this opportunity to update all the EDC students on some of the latest developments at the Mortenson Center. It has been a couple of very busy weeks for the new Leadership Team as Dr. Bernard Amadei and Dr. Karl Linden joined as co-directors and have sought to re-envision the direction of the Center and how to improve the overall student experience..."  click here to keep reading
MCEDC Representatives to the Posner Center

MCEDC now has two representatives working out of the Posner Center for International Development in downtown Denver. Greg Rulifson and Christina Barstow will be networking with the Center's members to identify ways that MCEDC can connect better with this rich collective of practitioners.


Christina Barstow is currently pursuing a PhD at CU Boulder, focusing on the benefits of large- scale program implementation in developing communities. She is also the Senior Program Manager at DelAgua Health where she designs, implements, and manages health programs in Rwanda.
Greg Rulifson is a PhD candidate at CU Boulder focused on  qualitative  engineering education  research related to how
students' connections of social responsibility and engineering change throughout college.  Greg was previously a member of
the MCEDC Executive Committee.

If you are interested in learning more about the  Posner Center , sign up for their newsletter, get in touch with Christina ( ) or Greg ( ), or attend their upcoming Collaboration Celebration event next week.
October 19, PhD Defense

Monday, October 19
11:00am - 12:00pm
Clark Conference Room, Dean's Office, Eng. Center

Amy Schweikert will be defending her PhD on Monday, October 19, at 11:00am. Arrive anytime after 10:30am for light snacks and coffee. The title of her dissertation is "A sustainability framework to prioritize proactive climate change adaptation investments for impacts on road infrastructure using a data-driven approach."

Happy Hour Celebration Details:
When: Monday, 4:00-6:00ish
Where: Shine Restaurant, 2027 13th St.
Amy's phone: 303-518-4359
Congratulations to Prof. Karl Linden

Environmental Engineering Professor Karl Linden, Mortenson
Professor in Sustainable Development, was selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) to serve as a member of the WHO Water Quality and Health Technical Advisory Group, to contribute in the areas of drinking water and wastewater.  In this role he will act as an advisor to the WHO Secretariat on matters of gathering and reviewing the evidence on water quality and health.  The initial term is for 4 years.  His first tasks are to provide his expertise in the revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, with a focus on small systems, and review background technical documents and working papers to
support  the development of WHO Guidelines.
University Events
October 19, Entrepreneurship & Engineering Panel

Monday, October 19
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Idea Forge @ Fleming Law Building 

Guest panelists, including alumni and professionals within industry, will visit campus to share their insights on career preparation, i.e. how they got their first job, what students can be doing now to better prepare for their futures, what does the future of the industry look like, etc. These panels are open to all engineering students, faculty, and staff.

Panelists Include: 
Alda Licis, Zayo
Austin Longo, SolidFire
Kevin Cawley, Confident Financial Solutions Inc. 
Mike Procopio, Google
Peter Dokter, SparkFun
October 21, An Evening with Ben and Jerry

Wednesday, October 21
Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC

Join us for an evening of entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility, and radical business philosophy with Ben and Jerry.

Cohen and Greenfield are widely recognized for creating a financially successful company (Ben and Jerry's) that was built on a foundation of social responsibility. What started as an ice cream parlor in 1977, developed into an internationally known brand and company that is recognized as a leader in sustainable dairy farming, alternate energy use, waste reduction and recycling.

Tickets available at the door. Free for CU-Boulder students, faculty & staff with valid Buff OneCard. $5 for all others.

Get  event details.
October 22, Climate Change Policy Forum

Thursday, October 22
9:00am - 12:00pm
Wolf Law Building

The New Republic, the Center for American Progress, and RASEI invit e you to join us for The Next Frontier of Climate Change, a policy forum that will explore climate change legislation at a state and local level, and the role it will play in the 2016 elections. The event will be an opportunity to meet and engage with a cross-section of climate change thinkers and leaders from government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector. Former Colorado Governor  Bill Ritter will headline  the event in
conversation with the New Republic's  Jeff Ball .

Read more about this free event and RSVP here.
Community Events
October 21, Posner Center Collaboration Celebration
W ednesday, October 21
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Posner Center, Denver
The Posner Center Collaboration Celebration is fast approaching!  Don't miss your chance to meet former  Governor Bill Ritter, enjoy delicious appetizers, drink some local beer, connect with our Tenants and Members, and hear all about the incredible partnerships formed through our  International Collaboration Fund . Student  suggested donation is $10.
Buy your tickets here .
Looking for a Job or Internship?

Preparing for a job hunt? The folks at Career Services can help!

Rachel Killam, a career counselor from Career Services, meets with engineering students at both the C4C and the Engineering Center to help them plan for a career in engineering. She is available to assist students with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, internships, career planning, job search strategies, and more. Presentations on these and other topics are also offered by Career Services. Additionally, the Career Resource Center in the C4C has a wealth of resources for students to use in their career planning and exploration. Rachel also works with student groups to provide tailored workshops and presentations.
Nevada Teacher Corps  trains accomplished
professionals and recent college graduates to become exceptional, certified teachers for Nevada's students who need them most.  Fellows become highly-effective teachers through intensive training and classroom-based coaching.  It's an honor and a tremendous responsibility, which is why we hold the highest standards of effectiveness of any teacher preparation program in America.

Do you have what it takes to join this elite group of educators? Learn more  here - next application deadline is  Monday, November 9.
Other Opportunities
October 21, Webinar Series
Wednesday, October 21
9:00am - 10:00am 
Title: "Role of Technical Standards in Sustainable Energy for All"
This webinar will:
  • Explore new approaches to standards development.
  • Introduce opportunities for new energy standards.
  • Highlight the impact that standards are having by presenting the ongoing work to improve clean cooking technology.
Learn more here, or register here.
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP),
Deadline October 27

The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education.  The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education.    NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.

Read more here.
OneStart, Application Deadline December 1
Do you have an innovative idea that could tackle humanity's most pressing healthcare needs?

We are pleased to announce the launch of  OneStart 2016, the world's largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator program. Offering young entrepreneurs the chance to win $150k, free lab space, and on-going advice from our extensive mentor network drawn from McKinsey and Co., Johnson and Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, SR One, Takeda Ventures, and  more

There is no cost to apply, and applications are open now until Dec 1st, 2015.  Learn more at today and start building your winning team. 

We welcome applicants from all disciplines and ideas at all stages of development - from a simple idea to a startup with ample data. Moreover we encourage applicants to recruit other scientists, engineers, business students, lawyers, and anyone else with talent and motivation to join your team. Have a fantastic idea but no co-founders? Why not assemble your team through our  co-founder hub, connecting innovators across the globe.
Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

CAWST teaches people how to get safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in their own homes, using simple, affordable technologies.  Read CAWST's first new monthly update  here  to learn how they reached 2.1 million people in 2014, read a letter from the CEO, and learn about their annual Wavemakers Summit  on October 21 at the University of Calgary.
Kudos to CU Engineering Student Toluwanimi Obiwole
TEDxMileHigh  showcases innovative Coloradans who each give the 'talk of their  life' around the power of ideas. Watch Toluwanimi's TEDxMileHigh talk "How to Make a Whole City Your Home" from September 19, 2015.

Toluwanimi Obiwole is a Nigerian-born, Colorado-raised poet currently studying architectural engineering at CU Boulder as well as the Denver youth poet laureate. She is the author of two chapbooks:  How to Become a Lightning Storm and  OMI EBI MI (pronounced oh-mee ay-bee mee). She writes, hoping to cultivate her own black girl magic while creating space and a platform for people who have yet to realize that their voices are necessary.
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