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Angela Bielefeldt, Sustainable by Design RAP Director

Angela is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. She is a licensed P.E. and former Director of the Environmental Engineering (EVEN) Program at CU. As a high school student, she started research in an environmental engineering laboratory at Iowa State University which got her excited about wanting to solve environmental problems. Her research interests include: bioremediation, point-of-use drinking water treatment for developing communities, and engineering education for sustainability, service-learning, and social responsibility. She has taught first year students at CU from 1998-2013, and the senior capstone design course for EVEN from 1998-2013. Link to personal website.



Robyn Sandekian, Sustainable by Design RAP Associate Director

Robyn is the managing director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. Robyn has degrees in aerospace engineering and educational leadership. Currently she is completing a doctorate in Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership.



Jessica Minck, Sustainable by Design RAP Program Coordinator

Jessica graduated from CU with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. During her time as a student, she participated in a RAP. She has worked in various positions with Residence Life on the CU campus since 2008.



Caroline Conzelman, Sustainable by Design RAP & SSI RAP Faculty in Residence

Caroline Conzelman (Ph.D. 2007, University of Colorado at Boulder) is a cultural anthropologist and currently the Associate Director of the Global Studies Residential Academic Program at CU-Boulder. She conducts ethnographic research and directs a summer Study Abroad program in the Yungas of Bolivia (ANTH 4020 "Democracy and Development in Bolivia"), and teaches courses on globalization, democracy, development, the drug war, immigration, Latin America, and community engagement. Dr. Conzelman has also been a Volunteer Team Leader with the international grassroots development organization Global Volunteers since 1994, directing service learning programs in Jamaica, Ecuador, Italy, Tanzania, Ireland, and most recently Cuba. She also serves on their National Board of Directors.

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Teaching Resident Assistants (TRAs)
TRAs are graduate students who live in the residence hall serving as a Resident Advisor (RA) while also assisting with classes for Sustainable by Design. They are great mentors and role models for sustainability-minded students.


Thank you to our Founding Leaders:


JoAnn Silverstein, Sustainable by Design RAP Director, 2011-2014

JoAnn is a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Archi­tectural Engineering. Her interests are sustainable processes for providing water, treating wastewater, and remediation of contami­nated sites that emphasize environmentally benign methods.



Matthew Jelacic, SbD RAP & SSI RAP Faculty in Residence, 2011-2014

Matt is both an assistant professor of architecture and an adjunct fac­ulty member of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Develop­ing Communities. Matt’s current research is on sustainable materi­als and urban planning for sheltering displaced people.



Kyle Thompson, TRA 2013-2014, grader 2014-2015

Kyle is a master's student focusing on environmental engineering and Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. He has visited Canada, Australia, the UK, Trinidad & Tobago, and Bolivia. His interests include drinking water, sustainability, international development, and minimalist trail running.