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Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

Department Head: Keith R. Molenaar, PhD Professor and Department Chair

Date AE Program was Founded: The Architectural Engineering (AREN) program at the University of Colorado Boulder was established in 1925, awarded its first degree in 1929, and has been continuously accredited since 1936.

Number of Students: 205 Undergraduates

Number of Faculty: 16 (plus ~2.5 Practitioner Instructors)

Number of Graduates per Year: 40 - 45

E-mail address: ceae@colorado.edu  

Website: http://ceae.colorado.edu/  

Curriculum Overview

The overall philosophy of the architectural engineering curriculum is to provide all students with a broad foundation in engineering, architecture, and architectural engineering, then to provide each student with the opportunity for in-depth study in a specific discipline within architectural engineering. As such, the program provides both breadth and depth; breadth in that each AREN student must take courses in different specialty areas as well as general architecture, fundamental engineering and architectural engineering courses; depth in that each student must select an area for specialization and complete a core curriculum of courses for that area. The four areas from which students select one "track" are mapped to the four core disciplines: Mechanical Systems, Structural Systems, Construction Management and Electrical/Lighting Systems. Each track is defined by five technical electives, two to three of which are specific to the discipline; with the remainder to be selected In consultation with the academic advisor (at least one must have an associated laboratory). All students pursuing the architectural engineering degree must take a common, 5-credit senior capstone design course that provides a culminating design experience.

The curriculum requires all AREN students to complete 113 core credits, 9 of which are electives in humanities and social sciences (H&SS) (9 other credits in H&SS are required for a total of 18). This leaves 15 credits of technical electives for pursuing an area of specialization. Once a student has completed 80 credits, typically after the 5th semester, he or she must declare a specialty area. Upon this declaration, the student's academic advisor may be changed to assist with curriculum issues and professional development opportunities (internships).

The areas of knowledge required include both technical and non-technical areas. Technical areas Include an elementary understanding of the fundamentals of architectural engineering, proficiency in the engineering sciences of buildings and their systems, proficiency In architectural engineering design and its integration across disciplines, and specialization in one of the four core areas of AREN practice. Non-technical areas include professional management and ethics, processes for communication, and broad exposure to the humanities and social sciences, especially architectural history. These areas of knowledge must be complemented by skills In design, communication, and professional practice necessary to develop and sustain a career in the building Industry. Design skills include problem definition, design workflow and processes, application of codes and standards, and design experience. Communication skills include oral and written communication In the form of presentations, drawings, and report. Professional skills include resource allocation, planning, and teamwork.

The AREN curriculum is designed to enable students to achieve the overall program objective that the students "acquire the broad knowledge and skills necessary to successfully begin and sustain a career, and to become leaders who advance the state-of-the art, in one of four core disciplines of the building industry."

While the educational objectives of the AREN program do not specifically address the development of graduates who pursue further graduate studies, it is recognized that advancing the state-of-the-art in the disciplines of the building industry may require additional education. To that end, the AREN program education objectives Include graduate school in engineering and disciplines relevant to the building industry.

Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers: All undergraduate degree programs require students to obtain a minimum of 18 hours of humanities and social science electives in addition to math, science and engineering courses. The Herbst Program's discussion-based courses are mainly conducted in small sections, to encourage active participation by all members and provide individual support and iterative feedback on writing and presentation assignments. All Herbst Program courses count toward the College's humanities and social science requirements. Through freshman- and junior-level seminars averaging only 12 students and an interdisciplinary curriculum based on literature, philosophy, and the arts, the Herbst Program of Humanities strives to produce well-rounded, socially conscious engineers who write well, speak well, and make carefully considered decisions based on an understanding of their personal ethical codes of conduct. Students emerge from Herbst classes with a clearer knowledge of themselves and their place in the world; many report a sustained interest in reading widely and deeply.

Focus areas: Electrical and Lighting Systems, Structural Systems, Mechanical Systems, and Construction Engineering and Management. (All students choose one of these option areas but must demonstrate a breadth of understanding in the other three areas.)

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Recent News/Events/Awards

  • Prof John Zhai leads multidisciplinary team, awarded $1.97M by the National Science Foundation to develop new "living wall" concept to slash energy use. http://www.colorado.edu/news/r/593723d89181056e551d9249c4788696.html  
  • Res Assoc Prof Keith Porter received a grant from the Global Earthquake Model to model the seismic vulnerability of buildings around the world, developing standards for estimating earthquake vulnerability in different countries and different classes of buildings.
  • Vice Chancellor for Research Stein Sture (CEAE) was named an ASCE Distinguished Member In October 2010.
  • Prof Gregor Henze developed a software tool to optimize energy control systems and electric grid integration in large commercial buildings, licensed to Clean Urban Energy. http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/research-rock-star-efficiency-star/
  • Prof Matthew Hallowell received the ASCE 2011 ExCEED New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the ASCE 2010 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

Highlights of recent student group activities

  • Architectural Engineering students developed sustainable lighting kits for the people of Afghanistan who experience frequent blackouts or have not access to electricity. The Light in a Box project was developed with a grant from Osram Sylvania.
  • The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) student chapter participated in a Habitat for Humanity Work Day in October, 2010.

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Distinguished Alumni

The University of Colorado Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards honor outstanding graduates who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and significant contributions to their fields. Awards are made to distinguished alumni in the following categories: Education, Research and Invention, Government Service, Industry and Commerce and Private Practice.

Name

Year

Discipline

Award Category

Crawford, Ivan C.

1966    

Civil Engineering         

Posthumous  

Eckel, Clarence L.

1966

Civil Engineering

Education

Huntington, Whitney C.     

1966

Civil Engineering 

Posthumous

Mosley, Earl L.

1966

Civil Engineering

Government Service    

Pneuman, Frederick A.

1966

Civil Engineering 

Posthumous

Tipton, Royce J.

1966

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Hall, Wilfred M.

1967

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Downing, Roderick L.

1968

Civil Engineering

Special

Ryan, Alfred J,

1968

Civil Engineering

Posthumous

Tatlow, Richard H. III

1968

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Williams, George M.

1968

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Parmakian, John

1969

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Prouty, Frank H.

1969

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Stubbs, Frank W. Jr.  

1969

Civil Engineering

Posthumous

Phillips, Orley O.

1970

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Murphy, GIenn

1971

Civil Engineering

Education

Richardson, George S.

1971

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Horner, Arthur S.

1972

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Konkel, E. Vernon

1972

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Chinn, James

1973

Civil Engineering

Education

Eaves, Elsie

1973

Civil Engineering

Special

Wolf, Robert J.

1974

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Elliott, John P.

1975

Civil Engineering

Posthumous

Hilf, Jack W.

1975

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Rautenstraus, Roland C.

1975

Civil Engineering

Education

Baldock, Robert H.

1976

Civil Engineering

Posthumous

Ludwig, John H.

1976

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Westfall, Herbert C.

1976

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Kelly, Earl M.

1977

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Carswell, Frank L.

1978

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Kalmbach, Olin

1978

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Bechtel, Stephen D. Jr.

1979

Civil Engineering

Special

Benedict, Paul C.

1979

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Hempel Hugh W.

1980

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Lawson, Leroy D.

1980

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Mann, Clair V.

1980

Civil Engineering

Posthumous

Milhollin, Austin B.

1980

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Bartlett, Paul E.

1981

Civil Engineering

Education

Lopez, Manuel Jr.

1981

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Kreillng, John C.

1983

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Sutherland, Donald C.  

1983

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Ten Eyck, Thomas W.

1983

Civil Engineering

Special

Barrett, Michael H.

1984

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Cristofano, Sam M.

1984

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Kemper, John D.

1984

Civil Engineering

Education

Kenney, James B. Jr.

1984

Civil Engineering

Special

Thorsky, Gunnar N.

1984

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Brown, James D.

1985

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Janney, Jack R.

1985

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Abegg, Martin G.

1986

Civil Engineering

Education

Clayton, Leslie A.

1986

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

May, Gerald W.

1988

Civil Engineering

Education

Tulin, Leonard G.

1988

Civil Engineering

Education

Weingardt, Richard G.

1988

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Gassman, Walter F.

1989

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Kontny, Vincent L.

1989

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Novak, Leo C.

1990

Civil Engineering

Education

Schultz, Ernest R.

1990

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Davis, Delmont A.

1991

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Chilton, Mark

1992

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Gerstle, Kurt H.

1992

Civil Engineering

Education

Mortenson, M. A. Jr.

1992

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Fowler, David W.

1993

Civil Engineering

Education

Adelstein, Stanford M.

1994

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Anderson, Thomas L.

1994

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Drescher, John F.

1994

Civil Engineering

Research & Invention

Isbill, H. Gregory

1996

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Dayaratnam, Pasala

1997

Civil Engineering

Education

Goodwin, Roy M.

1998

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Liebman, Jon C.

1998

Civil Engineering

Education

Caile, William C.

2000

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Cervenka, Vladimir

2000

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Corotis, Ross B.

2000

Civil Engineering

Special

Schloss, Kristy A.

2000

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Dodson, Stanley L.

2001

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Donly, Darrell

2003

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Dowding, Charles H.

2003

Civil Engineering

Education

Singh, Awtar

2003

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Silver, Marshall L.

2004

Civil Engineering

Government Service

Sture, Stein

2004

Civil Engineering

Education

Abrams, James D.

2005

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Harris, James

2007

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Miro, Sami A.

2008

Civil Engineering

Private Practice

Morgan, Kile

2009

Civil Engineering

Industry & Commerce

Reinert, William

2010

Civil Engineering

Research & Invention

 

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Additional Information

The College of Engineering and Applied Science introduced a new program In Fall 2010 enabling undergraduate students to earn an Engineering Leadership Certificate at graduation by demonstrating leadership through academics as well as practical experience as a leader In team-based projects.  

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