International Students Gain Valuable Experience at Prestigious ICOST Conference
Learning About Smart Homes, Assistive Technologies, Robotics & Health Telematics
Through a collaboration between the Department of Bioengineering and the Office of International Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, five outstanding international students served as volunteer helpers and attended the 12th Annual International Conference on Smart Homes, Health Telematics, and Assistive Technology (ICOST) this summer. For eleven years, ICOST has been held in countries around the world – France (2003), Singapore (2004), Canada (2005), Northern Ireland (2006), Japan (2007), the United States (2008), France (2009), Korea (2010), Canada (2011), Italy (2012), and Singapore (2013; this was the first time that it has been held in Denver, Colorado.
Graduating Class of International Students Appreciate University Experience
At this year’s International Student Spring 2014 Graduation Celebration, hosted by International Student and Scholar Services, Office of International Affairs, 175 international students met to share their successes and excitement as they prepared for spring graduation. The festivities took place in the Tivoli building on the University of Colorado Denver downtown campus.
Three outstanding students, whose grade point average ranged from 3.7+ to 3.9+, hailed from diverse global regions. But they all spoke about one thing they had in common – how much they had enjoyed their educational experience at the University of Colorado Denver.
ESL Academy Conversation Partners Learning & Fun for International & American Students
Lively conversations – spoken completely in English – are taking place every week between American and international students from around the world through the Conversation Partners Program at the ESL Academy, University of Colorado Denver. The program offers lunchtime and after-class discussion sessions for international students to practice and improve their English language skills as they enjoy learning with fellow students.
Awarded to International Engineering Student
Ashanthi Maxworth, Sri Lanka
University of Colorado Denver PhD student, Ashanthi Maxworth, student has been awarded the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering, which carries a $10,000 per year stipend paid. Maxworth completed her BS at the University of Moratuwa, which is the top technical university in Sri Lanka.
(IEEE is a professional organization that creates an environment where members collaborate on world‐changing technologies – from computing and sustainable energy systems, to aerospace, communications, robotics, healthcare, and more.)
HOUSTON – Determined to be the first team from the University of Colorado Denver to participate in and win the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition – which encourages students to design the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world – nine members of the university’s Mechanical Engineering Senior Design class achieved their goal on April 7. The team won first place in their category for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle they designed and built that achieved a maximum of 205 miles per gallon. (Last year’s winner in the same category achieved 169 miles per gallon.)
As an international student earning his PhD in civil engineering at the University of Colorado Denver, Rui Liu remembers encountering many difficulties in 2007, mainly due to language barriers and having to acclimate to a different culture. He credits his mentors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the staff at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Office of International Affairs, with helping him to overcome those obstacles quickly.
International Student and Teammates Present on Sustainable Energy
For Hassan Alzamzam, his academic journey may have brought him halfway across the globe, but his research and determination have earned him recognition on a scale that extends beyond the classroom.