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Engineering students blaze trails with their studies, impacting human health, infrastructure, law, business, space science, education, energy, and the environment.

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The College of Engineering assists its students in all aspects of career development. See Terry Comerford, Engineering Career Development and Co-op Program Coordinator, to learn more about resumes, interviewing, job search techniques as well as major selection and career paths. Terry's office is located in the Scott Bioengineering Building, Engineering Success Center - Room 102.

Our alumni have taken their educations in a variety of directions. Here are some specific areas of research and study that faculty are bringing to their classrooms and laboratories. This innovative work has propelled students to amazing careers as professional engineers, doctors, lawyers, research scientists, educators, as well as government and business leaders.

Human Health

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Engineers from all disciplines impact human health. Students pursuing mechanical engineering design prosthetics, medical implants, and medical devices that improve quality of life. Electrical engineers use lasers and medical imaging to treat and detect diseases. Our chemical, civil and environmental engineers help provide adequate and safe drinking water, combating water-borne diseases in developing countries, while many of our mechanical and chemical engineering students have been tackling indoor air pollution, developing new cookstove designs, reducing mortality rates in developing countries.

Our students are able to complete a dual degree major (biomedical engineering with one of three other engineering majors - mechanical, chemical and biological, or electrical engineering) or they may couple a biomedical engineering certificate with one of our engineering degree programs in order to prepare for graduate, medical, or law school, or to obtain a position in the biomedical industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

Infrastructure

Structures.jpgWhen many people think of engineering, they picture roads, buildings, and computer networks. CSU's engineering programs cover these and more.

Our students and faculty are also focused on ways to keep people and property safe in extreme weather events. Our electrical engineers are testing sophisticated networks of radars in 'tornado alley' to improve early warning systems. Our civil engineers are developing new structural codes and safer building designs based on shake table tests. Mechanical and electrical engineers are developing search and rescue technologies to save lives in fallen structures.

Law

Many engineering undergraduates pursue law degrees and choose to focus on patent law, environmental law, public policy, or intellectual property. Engineering is a great undergraduate base for a professional degree.

Business

Leading CEOs: A Statistical Snapshot of S&P 500 Leaders, a report released in 2007, found that 33% of S&P 500 CEOs obtained their undergraduate degrees in engineering, with a distant second of Business Administration at 11%. At least 200 CSU engineering graduates currently hold the title of CEO, many of our students have started companies based on their senior design projects at CSU, and some students have commercialized technology.

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Colorado State has a record of success in space science, with astronauts James 'Ox' van Hoften and Kent Rominger among our alumni, and partnerships with numerous aerospace companies on collaborative research projects. Electrical and mechanical engineers develop sensors for space vehicles, design unmanned aerial vehicles, and weather stations for space. Students have even designed, built, and tested simulated spacecraft.

Education

CSU's Engineering Teacher Education program allows students to obtain an engineering degree and a teaching license in technology education. Graduates may pursue an engineering career or choose to teach engineering design principles and concepts in junior and senior high school.

Energy

Colorado State's engineering faculty and students are active in developing solutions to energy problems that affect our global environment and economy. Mechanical and chemical and biological engineers study engines, biofuels, and combustion to discover new clean technologies. CSU's electrical engineers examine new and innovative ways to store and transmit energy. Civil engineers focus on wind and hydropower, but also study energy policy, security, and regulation. Electrical and mechanical engineering students and faculty explore solar technologies that have resulted in spinoff companies, like AVA Solar. CSU and industry are collaboratively researching efficient ways to integrate renewable energy sources like wind into our grid system through our InteGrid Laboratory, where smart-grid concepts are being tested, refined, and validated.

Environment

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Colorado State is setting a green example and the College of Engineering is a campus leader. Our electrical and computer engineers develop computational models for climate change and develop instruments for satellites that measure the atmosphere. Mechanical engineers reduce air pollution by creating technologies that improve engine efficiency and reduce harmful emissions from engines as small as 1 hp to as large as 2500 hp. Our mechanical and chemical engineers develop clean and renewable energy alternatives to replace fossil fuels, also reducing air pollution and improving our world's health. Our clean energy research is extensive.

Civil engineers at Colorado State, in partnership with Colorado's Department of Transportation, are testing used, shredded tires mixed with soil for roadbeds and home foundations, addressing both technical and environmental problems. Civil engineers research, analyze, and restore rivers, streams, and lakes. Some faculty, staff, and students use large physical models in our laboratories to recreate conditions and methods in specific rivers.