March 11, 2019

CU Denver looks to capitalize on its place in the city with revamped engineering college

by Elizabeth Hernandez
Denver Post

After creating an engineering school in Singapore from the ground up, Martin Dunn is working to breathe new life into the University of Colorado Denver’s engineering college with a revamped curriculum, a new state-of-the-art building and a fresh name.

Dunn, dean of CU Denver's College of Engineering and Applied Science, acknowledged that Colorado has no dearth of engineering schools; the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Mines all fall within U.S. News and World Report's Top 60 best engineering schools in the country. 

"We're not just trying to create a place that grows in rankings, but create a place that creates value for Denver and Colorado," Dunn said. "I was delighted when I had the opportunity to come to CU Denver and rethink and contextualize what engineering education means for us in this booming city at this time and this place." 

To distinguish CU Denver's engineering school from the rest, Dunn is focused on extracting all the benefits of city life to provide a top-notch education to his students. 

"We're not just trying to create a place that grows in rankings, but create a place that creates value for Denver and Colorado," Dunn said. "I was delighted when I had the opportunity to come to CU Denver and rethink and contextualize what engineering education means for us in this booming city at this time and this place."

Dunn, who started at CU Denver in January of 2018 after heading up the Singapore University of Technology and Design, looks out the window of his office on the downtown Denver campus and watches electric scooters whizz by: his favorite mode of city transportation. The diverse modes of public transporatation right outside his door spark Dunn's imagination about what his own students might be able to dream up to make their communities better.