The BOLD Center staff 
CU-Boulder, College of Engineering & Applied Science 


Saturday October 20, 2012 at 7:30 AM 
Saturday October 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM 

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CU-Boulder Engineering Center 
1111 Engineering Drive
Boulder, CO 80309

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Engineering Sampler

Sampler is now FULL! We have reached our room capacity and unfortunately cannot accommodate any more participants, including walk-ins. If you have guests who are not registered, please note that we will not be able to accommodate them. Thank you for understanding our need to comply with fire marshal regulations.

We'd still love to see you at CU! For other CU visit day opportunities, please visit:

Are you ready to discover what CU-Engineering has to offer? Don't miss the 2012 Engineering Sampler! This one-day program includes an overview of possible majors and careers, as well as lab demos, Q&A sessions with student and faculty panels, and information about financial aid, scholarships, residence halls, and much more!

This event is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year. Parents, teachers and counselors are welcome to attend (due to space constraints, unfortunately we limit guests to two per student participant.) Please note that ALL participants and guests MUST be registered in order to attend. This event fills up quickly, so please don't forget to register your guests!

Please see the information below for a complete list of sessions available, and select those that interest you most on the registration form. For any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to give us a call at 303-492-6606 or email We look forward to seeing you at Engineering Sampler!

Event Details:

Engineering Sampler is designed to give students and guests insight into the different department and degree programs for the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder. You may learn about the different programs through the informational and demonstartion sessions throughout the day. To give you an overview of what each department/degree program has to offer, they are described below:
  • Aerospace Engineering Sciences - Prepares students in the design, testing, and operation of complex aerospace and related systems. Career opportunities range from becoming an astronaut, to designing the next generation of aircraft or spacecraft, or working on the technical requirements of advanced projects, to monitoring our global habitat via remote sensing from space.
  • Applied Mathematics - Prepares students to mathematically model and solve problems that are at the core of many scientific, engineering, and business disciplines. The applied mathematician on a research and development team serves as a key resource, contributing a broad knowledge of mathematical techniques to the analysis, modeling and design of new products.
  • Architectural Engineering - Prepares students to design and build facilities that improve our standard of living and quality of life. Architectural engineers are problem-solvers who meet the challenges of energy needs, building systems, urban development, and community planning. Sub-disciplines include structural systems, lighting and electrical systems, mechanical systems, and construction management.
  • Chemical Engineering - Prepares students for careers in a range of industries including energy, consumer products, petrochemicals, semiconductors, medicine, environment, and materials. Modern industry depends on chemical engineers to tailor manufacturing technology to the requirements of their products, and chemical engineers play a central role in development of new polymeric materials, alternative energy sources, and safe, efficient processes for chemical synthesis.
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering - Prepares students for careers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medicine and materials.  This degree program adapts a core chemical engineering curriculum to allow for greater depth in biological aspects of chemical engineering.   Exploring the structure of protein molecules, the functioning of cells, and the growth and regeneration of tissues are among the new frontiers that chemical and biological engineering students will address.
  • Civil Engineering - Prepares students in the design and construction of structures and transportation systems, the transmission of water and control of rivers, the development of water resources, land reclamation, and to solve problems in the physical environment. Civil engineers are meeting the challenges of pollution, drinking water, energy and transportation needs, urban development and community planning, to enable day-to-day operations of society.
  • Computer Science - Prepares students for a wide range of careers in the computing field through knowledge of computing at all levels, its theoretical and mathematical aspects, the interdependence of hardware and software, and the challenge of large-scale software production and engineering principles used to meet that challenge. Elective areas of study include computer networks, artificial intelligence, databases, and computer graphics.
  • Electrical Engineering - Prepares students to design and advance new electrical or electronic systems, devices, and instruments, which play a role in nearly every industry. Areas of specialization include electromagnetics and wave propagation, optoelectronics, digital signal processing and communications, power electronics, solid-state materials and devices, controls, and computer engineering.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering - Prepares students to work in the field of computer engineering, advancing computer hardware design and the construction of digital systems. This degree combines the fundamentals of electrical engineering with computer system design and programming, making graduates well positioned for a career in many industries.
  • Engineering Physics - Prepares students for research, development and entrepreneurial careers in many frontier areas of engineering, including quantum devices, ultra-fast lasers, adaptive optics, cryogenic electronics, computer simulation of physical systems, solar cells, magnetic storage technology, micro-mechanical systems, and molecular electronics.
  • Environmental Engineering - Prepares students to assess and develop engineering solutions to environmental problems impacting the quality of the biosphere, land, water, and air. Environmental engineers work in a multidisciplinary arena on issues of safe drinking water, wastewater processing, solid and hazardous waste disposal, indoor and outdoor air pollution, human health and ecological risk management, and pollution prevention through product or process design.
  • Mechanical Engineering - Prepares students for careers in a variety of sectors through the study of engineering design, manufacturing, and systems engineering. Specific technical areas include biomedical engineering, micro- and nanotechnology, environmental engineering, design and manufacturing, fluid mechanics, industrial engineering, materials science, solid mechanics, systems engineering and thermal science.

Afternoon Sessions:

The afternoon sessions are designed to help students and guests become acquainted with some of the specialty programs offered by the college and get a taste of the campus and life as a Buff. The sessions and tours that are offered in the afternoon are as follows: 

  • Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL) - Learn about the resources provided by this state-of-the-art classroom facility including individual study rooms, computer usage complete with engineering software, engineering demonstrations, after-hours access, and much more.
  • Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CSG) - Find out how the nation's aeronautics and space programs are used to inspire, educate and develop America's future technological workforce through the Colorado Space Grant program at CU Boulder.
  • Dorm Tour - Tour a sample dormitory to see how the students live while attending at least their first year at CU. (Unfortunately due to campus safety policy we cannot show you any dorm room that you choose, however you will see a sample room just like an actual dormitory room.)
  • Campus Tour - Stroll around the main CU Boulder campus with a guided tour and get inside information about the beautiful campus and student life as a Buff!
  • BOLD Center - Wondering what the BOLD Center is? Find out all about it with a tour of this diversity-serving facility which offers tutoring, quiet study rooms, and computer access. BOLD initiatives and events encourage students to meet a diverse group of individuals and create a friendly and inviting atmosphere for all--a close-knit community within the larger college.
  • Engineering Honors Program - Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Engineering Honor
  • International Engineering and Study Abroad - Interested in making a worldwide difference as an engineer? Find out how you can integrate an international experience into your college career.
  • Biotechnology Building - See the brand-new facilities for chemical and biological engineering by touring the gorgeous new biochemistry building, just opened this year!
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid - Find out how to fund your degree with inside information on scholarships and financial aid.