CSU-Pueblo Alumni Association

Faculty Mentors

Sylvester Kalevela
O: 719.549.2405
Technology 164B

Sylvester A. Kalevela is a professor of Civil Engineering Technology and chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, Construction and Automotive Industry Management at CSU-Pueblo. He has been teaching for fourteen years. Prior to teaching, he worked in industry for twelve years, including four years for a city, four years for a state and four years for an engineering consulting company. He obtained a B.S.E (civil engineering) from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, a M. S. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech., and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Arizona State University.
Dr. Kalevela is a licensed professional engineer and a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, and a charter member of the Transportation and Development Institute. He is also a member of Chi Epsilon and Tau Alpha Pi honor societies.

Derek Lopez
O: 719.549.2535
Library and Academic Resource Center  151

Dr. Derek Lopez is the director of the Center for Academic Enrichment at CSU-Pueblo.  He earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University from the School of Education, Psychological Studies Department.  His research and practice is focused upon adolescents as they transition into institutions of higher education.  Dr. Lopez earned his BA from CSU-Pueblo in Psychology.

Fawn Amber Montoya
O: 719.549.2620
Psychology 165

Fawn-Amber Montoya is an assistant professor of history at Colorado State University–Pueblo and the coordinator of Chicano Studies. Her research interests include U.S. Southwest, labor, gender, and ethnic history. She received her MA and PhD in History from the University of Arizona.

Ananda Paudel
O: 719.549.2848
Technology 273

Ananda Paudel is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  He joined CSU-Pueblo faculty in 2011.  Paudel completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Tribhuvan University in Nepal in 2000.  Following his bachelor’s degree, he received his master’s degree in Mechatronics from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, located in South Korea in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2010.  Before becoming faculty at CSU-Pueblo, Paudel was a lecturer in the Department of General Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  Paudel teaches engineering mechanics, thermodynamics and virtual reality courses at CSU-Pueblo.

Leticia Steffen
O: 719.549.2873
Buell Communications Center 103

Leticia Steffen is an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communications and Center for New Media at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She joined the CSU-Pueblo faculty in 2004. A native of New Hampton, Iowa, Steffen completed her bachelor’s degree at Saint Louis University, working as a correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Suburban Journals of St. Louis before moving to Colorado to complete a master’s degree in mass communications and journalism studies at the University of Denver. Before moving to Pueblo, Steffen worked as a writer and editor in the Denver area. Steffen teaches the introduction to journalism, feature writing, advanced media lab, women and media, and gender and film courses at CSU-Pueblo.​​