Innovations Breakfast Series

The Innovations Breakfast series is a great opportunity to interact with others who have an interest in science and engineering, while hearing about the latest technological trends and innovative research projects underway at CSU's College of Engineering. Discussions are led by Engineering Dean Sandra Woods and various keynote speakers.

Each breakfast in the series begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes by 9:00 a.m.

Cost is $20/person ($15 for breakfast and a $5 gift to the Dean's Innovation Fund; register online. We encourage members of the public to attend. Please bring a guest!

If you are a prospective student, please RSVP by e-mailing or by calling 970-491-0943; RSVP deadlines posted beside each breakfast (below) apply.

Questions? Call Ashley Waddell: 970-491-3110.

Fall 2012 Innovations Breakfasts:

Chris Thornton October 30: , University House on Remington (map)

Speaker:  Chris Thornton, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Topic: Saving New Orleans: How CSU Engineers are Working to Save Lives

The catastrophic landfall of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 illustrated the vulnerability of earthen levees along the Gulf Coast. Recently, Colorado State was commissioned by the Corps of Engineers to develop a unique test- ing facility capable of simulating full-scale wave overtopping much like the conditions that devastated the City of New Orleans during Katrina. This one-of-a-kind facility was designed and constructed by CSU based on models from around the world, and is executing research to save lives and dollars along the Gulf Coast and beyond.

RSVP online by Friday, October 27. Prospective students: call 970-491-0943 to RSVP.

Kimberly Catton November 13: , Sheraton Denver Tech Center (map)

Speaker:  Dr. Kimberly Catton, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Topic: How Important Are Assumptions in Assessing Renewable Energy?

Uh oh! We may be getting it wrong! Everyone is trying to get their hands around just how much renewable energy potential exists—especially when it comes to new discoveries, like microalgae-based biofuels. Dr. Catton is using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to better understand land use, carbon dioxide supply, and the potential of using low head hydropower in some irrigation districts. Previous studies may have overestimated the potential for biofuel productiv- ity, and she is working for more accurate models.

RSVP online by Friday, November 9. Prospective students: call 970-491-0943 to RSVP.

John van de Lindt November 15: , University House on Remington (map)

Speaker:  Dr. John van de Lindt, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Topic: Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Oh My!

It seems our world is challenged by disasters on a regular basis. Colorado State University Engineers are working together to save lives and reduce property damage, while also controlling costs. Dr. van de Lindt will present an overview of his travels to recent areas of disas- ter including the 2010 Chilean earthquake; the 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake; and the 2011 Tuscaloosa, AL tornado; and will share how the information he has gathered is helping him engineer to save lives.

RSVP online by Monday, November 12. Prospective students: call 970-491-0943 to RSVP.


Interested in reaching a broad, educated audience with an interest in science and engineering? Contact Shannon Mosness for sponsorship details.