GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 19, 2010 – David Muñoz, associate professor in Colorado School of Mines Division of Engineering and director of Humanitarian Engineering Minor, was chosen by his peers as the 2009 Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer.
Muñoz’s lecture, “The CSM Humanitarian Engineering Minor Program: Opportunities for Engineering Students Interested in Direct Service to the Underserved” will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 24, in Metals Hall in the Green Center, 924 16th St., on the Mines campus in Golden.
Dr. Muñoz joined the Mines faculty in 1986. Since then, he has advised numerous students and focused on energy research, primarily related to the thermal-fluid sciences.
He spent his first sabbatical with Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico during 1994-1995. While there, he worked with the Manufacturing Research Center and taught courses in mechanical design, working with students to design and build a Mexican hybrid electric vehicle. He also taught a graduate-level heat transfer course in Spanish.
In 2001 he advised several teams that delved into advanced guideway alternatives for the I-70 mountain corridor. This project led to a sabbatical (2002-03) serving on a design team funded by the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority to perform a conceptual design for a magnetically levitated people-mover for the I-70 mountain corridor.
Following his second sabbatical, Dr. Muñoz served as interim director to the Mines Engineering Division from 2003-06. In addition to the normal operational duties of that position, he became involved with the humanitarian engineering minor program.
Since 2004, Dr. Muñoz has advised six teams of students working on several water projects in Honduras. He has also been involved with projects in Uganda and Kenya. He is currently initiating projects with the Blackfeet reservation in Browning, Mont., and with the mining industry in Ghana.
Dr. Muñoz earned a BS from the University of New Mexico and an MS and PhD from Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering. His teaching philosophy is to engage students in whatever subject he is involved. Within the senior design course he seeks educational project experiences that are challenging and memorable for the student, with a focus on global sustainable development.
The Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer Award, established in 1990, gives Mines faculty the opportunity to annually recognize one of their outstanding colleagues. They select a lecturer admired and respected as an educator, as well as a person known for having stimulating ideas to convey and an ability to communicate those ideas effectively.
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