Fracking, Fourmile Canyon Fire Among Topics of Colorado State University Engineering Breakfast Series Starting Oct. 4

Note to Reporters: Reporters interested in attending the breakfast series should contact Emily Wilmsen.

Fracking and the science behind fighting the Fourmile Canyon Fire are among the topics to be featured this fall at Colorado State University’s Innovations Breakfast series.

The series begins Oct. 4 in Boulder with Sher Schranz, senior project manager at CSU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, who will talk about using current wind and weather conditions and atmospheric data to make firefighting decisions. Schranz is developing technologies that deploy this information to the front lines of wildfires to enhance firefighters’ effectiveness.

Schranz will speak at the Boulder Marriott, 2660 Canyon Blvd, in Boulder.

Each breakfast in the series begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes by 9 a.m. Admission is $20 per person. RSVP by Sept 30 for the Oct. 4 lecture at or call Carol at (970) 491-3358.

Remaining lectures in the series:

October 11 in Fort Collins
Topic: “Extracting the Frenzy from the Fracking Debate: The Colorado Energy-Water Consortium”
Ken Carlson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will talk about a new CSU initiative that is working to protect Colorado’s water while enabling economic growth in wake of the increase in natural gas production.
Location: Fort Collins Hilton, 425 W. Prospect Road.

November 9 in Denver
Topic: “The EcoCAR2 Project at Colorado State University”
Tom Bradley, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will talk about his role leading CSU undergraduate seniors in a three-year collegiate competition to design a hybrid/electric Chevy Malibu. CSU is one of 16 schools working on the project.
Location: Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village.

The Innovations Breakfasts provide an opportunity for scientists to interact with the community about the latest technological trends and innovative research projects underway at Colorado State University’s College of Engineering. Each breakfast features a distinguished speaker followed by a question-and-answer session led by college Dean Sandra Woods and other staff. For more information on the series, go to