Our best and brightest come together
Every year we showcase some of CU-Boulder’s finest in our lecture/lunch for alumni, students and friends of CU on the Friday before the Homecoming game. The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Newton Leadership Chair and aims to showcase some of our alumni family’s most dynamic leaders to students and alumni. Our lunch and lecture will take place in the newly remodeled Rec Center in the Large Ice Overlook Room. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture will start at 12:00 p.m.
Cost to attend is $15 for adults and FREE for students. Register.
Our featured speaker for 2014 is Kalpana Chawla Award Winner Avery Bang. Avery Bang (MCivEngr’09) aspires to make a global difference through engineering. She is CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, which builds pedestrian bridges in rural impoverished communities to provide access to essential services such as health care, schools and markets. Under Avery’s leadership in 2013, the nonprofit sent more than 200 individuals abroad to build more than 30 bridges. Additionally, Avery founded the Bridges to Prosperity University Program, which supports student chapter groups around the world, including one at CU-Boulder. The program offers technical, cross-cultural and real-world building experience while providing students the opportunity to collaborate, receive mentorship from professionals and use their skills for the greater good.
Avery was named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2012 by Engineering News-Record and chosen for its Mountain Region’s Top 20 Under 40 List in 2013. She also was selected as one of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Fresh Faces in 2011, recognizing the top 10 civil engineers under 30. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of science degree from Clarkson University and was named the 2014 University of Iowa Young Alumni of the Year. She is also a prolific public speaker, with appearances at TEDxBoulder, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild Nation, the American Segmental Bridge Institute Annual Convention and the Construction Users Roundtable Annual Convention, among many others.