Published: Nov. 17, 2015
Aerial view of campus, Terri Fiez
I am delighted to share with you recent highlights from the University of Colorado Boulder’s research endeavors and creative works. While I have only been onboard a short time, I am impressed by the remarkable people, our dedicated partners and the excitement about CU-Boulder’s past and future impact.
The 2014-2015 Research and Creative Work Report features some of the amazing research carried out by our students, staff and faculty in conjunction with our industry and government partners. It represents the tip of the iceberg and we hope that it will inspire you to learn more about our research, creativity, innovation and impact.  
It could not be a more exciting time to serve as CU-Boulder’s Vice Chancellor for Research. Our research enterprise has never been stronger. Over the last decade, CU-Boulder’s sponsored research funding has increased by 66 percent. Partnerships – with the federal government, industry, other universities, non-profits, international collaborators and among campus units – are at the heart of the steady and consistent growth of our research programs. Nurturing our existing partnerships and cultivating new ones are among my top priorities. Today’s challenges are too big to tackle alone – strong collaborations are the cornerstones of advancing scientific research, innovation, and scholarship across campus and beyond.
With this in mind, this fall CU-Boulder launched our first Grand Challenge, a bold initiative called Our Space. Our Future. This initiative fuses CU-Boulder’s unique strengths in earth, space, engineering and social sciences with new technologies and partners to address the pace and pattern of changes in our environment, our resources and our planet. As we define and build out the Grand Challenge, we will engage the campus and community in a comprehensive and meaningful way. Together we will advance our understanding of global change, leading to high impact solutions for the future.
CU-Boulder is a hub of innovation and collaboration. I am thrilled to be here and I very much look forward to working with you to ensure the impact of our research and scholarly activities continues to improve the world we share. I am eager to get to know all of you so please feel free to reach out to me with your thoughts or to schedule a time when we can meet.   
Happy Holidays!
Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor, Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering