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Over seventy prospective students and their guests attended the Department of Bioengineering‘s Fall 2013 Open House on Friday, November 8. The open agenda included a welcome and introduction from the Chair, Dr. Robin Shandas; campus tours; information sessions; and a research fair where attendees had an opportunity to experience, first-hand, what it’s like to be involved in Bioengineering research. CU Denver’s undergraduate and graduate programs are currently accepting applications. Prospective undergraduates are encouraged to visit the CU Denver’s Office of Admissions for more information regarding freshman and transfer admissions. Prospective graduate students should visit the Department of Bioengineering’s website regarding next steps.
The Department of Bioengineering‘s Dr. Richard Weir presented to approximately 450 high school students at The Colorado-Wyoming Junior Academy of Science Health Science Seminar at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Many of the students had boarded school buses before dawn to make the five-hour trip to Aurora. But the trip was well worth it. Weir’s presentation not only introduced students to his research in Neural Engineering, Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation, but he also discussed the future of Bioengineering as a whole. The audience seemed fascinated by Weir’s cutting-edge research, asking questions about next steps and anticipated results.
This past week, undergraduates in the Department of Bioengineering met faculty members, Dr. Richard Weir and Dr. Kendall Hunter during the new Bioengineering Undergraduate Lunch and Learn Series. The four-part Undergraduate event was designed to provide pre-bioengineers a snapshot of the exciting research opportunities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and to further spark their interest in the field. Students not only had a chance to hear about recent developments in Dr. Weir and Dr. Hunter’s labs but they spoke with the faculty about their academic journeys and what brought them to Bioengineering at CU Denver. Dr. Cathy Bodine and Dr. Richard Benninger will visit with students later this month.
We are pleased to announce that PhD student, Ashanthi Maxworth, has been awarded the IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering. This award carries a $10,000 per year stipend paid. Please join us in congratulating her in winning this prestigious award. Ashanthi completed her BS at the University of Moratuwa, which is the top technical university in Sri Lanka. Ashanthi joined CU Denver in Spring 2013 and is currently pursing the EAS PhD degree under Dr. Mark Golkowski.
More information about Ashanthi’s award is available online: http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/recognitions/lifemembergrad.html
Kiran Dyamenahalli, an MSTP-PhD candidate in BIOE, received a $500 travel award from the Graduate School to support his travel to the BioInterface 2013 conference in Bloomington, MN on Oct. 7-9, 2013. The conference is sponsored by the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation. Kiran will give a talk entitled “Shape Memory Polymer Nanocomposite Materials for Transcatheter Cardiovascular Devices.”
The Department of Bioengineering invited CU Denver Staff, Faculty and invited guests to visit their new North Classroom location during an Open House on Wednesday, September 25. Visitors were invited to mingle in the Bioengineering Student Lounge and Departmental Offices before touring the new teaching lab. Guests also received a first-hand look at what undergraduates experience in their first Bioengineering Design and Prototyping classes.
In early September, two groups of CU Denver Civil Engineering students from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and the Structural Steel Design Course took a site tour of the New Academic Building 1 Jobsite. In fall 2014, Academic Building 1 is set to be the first CU Denver exclusively owned and operated building on the Auraria Campus.
Civil engineering is a very broad course of study, encompassing structural design, geotechnical engineering and hydrology to name a few. As we approach graduation we as students need internships and jobsite experiences to help our transition into the workforce. To accomplish that Saunders Construction Inc. and Anderson Mason Dale (AMD) Architects have been gracious enough to partner with us to share their knowledge about design and construction.
On the most recent tour, a project manager from AMD walked us around the jobsite and focused heavily on the structural steel elements of the building. Previously, a group CE students from the Geotechnical Soils Lab and Foundations Design Course toured the project in its early days, back in the spring semester of 2013, when the foundation and earthwork were being completed. These experiences help us make connections between the theoretical classroom lectures and real projects taking place in our city, which is extremely important to our education here at CU Denver.
Along Cherry Creek, there are 22 foot bridges, many of which were damaged by high waters from last week’s flood. CU Denver engineering students are helping the city inspect the bridges for any structural damage, by doing hands-on exams. “We don’t always get a chance to get out of the classroom,” said Eric Petrie, a junior. “This allows us to get real experience working with professionals and it looks good on our resumes when it comes time to looking for a job.”
On Friday, Sept. 6, Mark Golkowski, assistant professor in electrical engineering, and Wes Marshall, assistant professor in civil engineering, were recognized at the university’s 2013 Celebration of Faculty Excellence. Mark was honored for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities, and Wes was honored for Excellence in Teaching. We congratulate them on their awards and are grateful for their continued service to the college and the University!