Please congratulate and welcome our new CRC fellows for this academic year!  Please be on the look out for announcement of upcoming CRC fellows events!

Jenny Filipetti is an electronic media artist, creative technology advocate, and assistant


professor at Inworks at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. Her work explores how through technology we might extend human perceptual abilities and render the imperceptible material. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver and a degree in Art-Semiotics from Brown University.




Alireza Vahid received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Sharif UniversityVaheed
of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2009, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering both from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 2012 and 2015 respectively. From 2015 to 2017 he worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Information Initiative at Duke University, Durham, NC. He is currently an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver. His research interests include network information theory, wireless communications, statistics and machine learning.

Dr. Vahid received the 2015 Outstanding PhD Thesis Research Award at Cornell University. He also received the Director’s Ph.D. Teaching Assistant Award in 2010,Jacobs Scholar Fellowship in 2009, and Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship in 2013.


Allison Goodwell is a new assistant professor in Civil Engineering at CU Denver.  SheAEG_headshotphoto received her PhD from the University of Illinois in 2017, and is originally from Indiana.  Her research foci are in ecohydrology and hydro-climatic variability, and she is interested in using information theory and complex network tools to study these areas. In her PhD research, she characterized process connectivity, or joint interactions, between variables in an ecosystem to show why responses to disturbances like rainfall or drought can differ between sites. In addition to continuing this research, she is currently beginning to study trends in rainfall persistence, drivers of changing streamflow, and relationships between data and models, or whether our models might “get the right answers for the right reasons”.  As a CRC Fellow, Allison is collaborating on a food-water-energy (FEW) nexus initiative that will focus on FEW interactions in urban and suburban areas.  She currently teaches CVEN 2200, Computational Methods for Civil Engineers, and CVEN 5407, Complex Systems Modeling for Sustainability Analysis.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Colorado, watching movies, going to group fitness classes at the new wellness center, and doing crochet projects based on hydrologic datasets.machine learning.


William Swann is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at the UniversitySwann_photo_2
of Colorado Denver. His PhD in public administration is from Florida State University. He has an MPA from the University of Rhode Island and a BSBA in Finance from Bryant University. His research interests revolve around urban sustainability and collaborative governance. His work focuses on how strategic management, organizational development, and inter-organizational collaboration relate to sustainable energy, land use, health, and climate policy activities and outcomes in cities. His research can be found in public administration and urban studies journals. Through the Creative Research Collaborative (CRC) fellowship, he will be working with Dr. Allison Goodwell and Dr. Alireza Vahid on the development of a multi-year project focused on robust modeling of food-energy-water systems across diverse development settings in Colorado.


Dr. Amy Robertsis an Assistant Professor in the Physics department, where she searchesphoto_AmyRoberts_JaneRoberts for “dark matter” with specialized detectors.  Although gravitational measurements suggest this “dark matter” makes up fully 80% of the universe’s mass, it has never been directly detected.  She is also a member of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search collaboration (SuperCDMS), which specializes in sensing the faintest possible signals from highly-sensitive phonon detectors.  Her work focuses on understanding the detector response at low energies, novel signal analysis, and the data acquisition and software tools needed to keep our specialized detectors running optimally.

Dr. Roberts joined CU Denver from the University of South Dakota, where she first began working with the SuperCDMS dark-matter search.  Prior to that, she worked in experimental nuclear physics, first at the Notre Dame Nuclear Lab making nuclear structure measurements to help understand the nature of the neutrino, and then at Los Alamos National Laboratory modeling ultra-cold neutron beamlines to make high-precision measurements of fundamental neutron properties.

Dr. Roberts has focused her career on building and understanding detectors to study questions fundamental to physics as well as sharing solutions to common data, software, and analysis problems with a larger community.  Of the recognitions she has received, she is proudest of the Notre Dame Nuclear Lab Larry O. Lamm Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the lab.


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