October 4, 2015: Technology, Disability & Aging Expo 2015

The Technology, Disability & Aging Expo 2015 sponsored by Assistive Technology Partners and Denver Commission for People with Disabilities is planned for Sunday, October 4 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

The Expo will feature vendors showcasing the latest innovations in hardware, software, educational materials, Assistive Technology (AT) devices and solutions for home, school, work and play. Colorado organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities or to those who are experiencing problems associated with aging will also be present. The Expo is free and open to the public.

Yunker receives a two year fellowship for research in Medical Imaging Phantoms at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)

Bryan Yunker, Ph.D., Research Instructor in the Department of Bioengineering, has received a two year research fellowship at the NIST Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado as sponsored by the National Research Council (NRC) – Research Associateship Program (RAP) of the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine.  The award followed a proposal for hosting to the NIST group responsible for developing Medical Imaging Phantoms within the Physical Measurement Lab (PML) , and a successful competition for NRC/RAP funding.  The research seeks to develop imaging phantoms for simulating Traumatic Brain Injury, a difficult to detect and diagnose injury that is common among war fighters, accident victims, and players of professional and amateur sports.  The phantoms will enable the controlled simulation of varied vascular and neural tract damage as a training aide for clinical staff.  Dr. Yunker will start the NIST fellowship after completing an early career Jr. Co-Pilot award from the  Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) involving the estimation of hepatic blood flow from 3D ultrasound imagery, a continuation of his dissertation research.  Bryan recently completed a mid-career PhD in the first sitting class of the Department of Bioengineering at Anschutz and was funded as a doctoral candidate by two competitive fellowships, a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI), and a Graduate Student fellowship from  the Colorado Translational Research Imaging Center (C-TRIC), as well as mentor funding from NSF and the SOM Department of Radiology under Dr. Gerald Dodd and Prof. Yusheng Feng at U. Texas, San Antonio.

HyperLynx senior design team featured on the Denver Channel

hyperloop-pod_Fotor_1442938051616_24264183_ver1.0_640_480A team of mechanical engineering students are designing and building a pod for a Hyperloop—a low-pressure tube designed to transport people from Los Angeles to San Francisco—for their senior design project. The team, their project, and their Kickstarter campaign were featured on Channel7 News. The team will be tested at the Hyperloop competition, sponsored by SpaceX, in June 2016.

Read the story.

Three faculty awarded tenure

Congratulations to the following three faculty awarded tenure in June:

  • Mark Golkowski, associate professor of electrical engineering
  • Kendall Hunter, associate professor of bioengineering
  • Wesley Marshall, associate professor of civil engineering
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Dr. Mark Golkowski


Dr. Kendall Hunter

Civil Engineering Associate Professor Wes Marshall

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Schafer receives 2015 American Heart Association Early Career Investigator Travel Award

Featured imageMichal Schafer, a graduate student in Dr. Hunter’s Lab, received 2015 American Heart Association Early Career Investigator Travel Award for upcoming Scientific Session in Orlando, FL. The award was given by Council on Cardiovascular Radiology & Intervention and comes with $1,500 travel stipend. Michal and Dr. Hunter will be giving an oral presentation on the topic of vascular hemodynamics in type 1 diabetes as part of Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture Session. Additionally they will present 3 poster presentations on topics of cardiovascular hemodynamics in adult and pediatric pulmonary hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Michal and Dr. Hunter closely co-operate with Dr. Truong (Children’s Hospital), Dr. Fenster (National Jewish Health), and Dr. Jazaeri (University of Colorado Hospital).

Park’s study featured as a frontispiece in Macromolecular Bioscience

Dr. Park’s study in Bioengineering, titled “Substantial differentiation of human neural stem cells into motor neurons on a biomimetic polyurea (DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201570032)”, was featured as a frontispiece in Macromolecular Bioscience. In this study, graduate student Melissa Laughter in Park’s group created natural protein-like synthetic polyurea, showing great potential for the treatment of central nervous system injury. Macromolecular Bioscience is ranked among the top 10 biomaterials and polymer journals, dealing with the intersection of polymer and materials science with life science and medicine.


Carpenter receives VA grant to establish a Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center

Carpenter (9-12)-WEBDana Carpenter, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and a team of researchers, led by Bob Schwartz and Wendy Kohrt in the CU School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatrics, recently received a grant from the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to establish a Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the new VA hospital in Aurora.

As part of getting the new center up and running, there was a call for proposals for pilot studies on research topics important to the veteran population. Carpenter is part of a team–the PI is Rebecca Boxer, Division of Geriatrics; he is a co-Investigator along with Wendy Kohrt and Sarah Wherry, also from the Division of Geriatrics–that was awarded funds for a pilot study investigating the effects of different types of exercise on bone strength. They will compare exercise programs that use a “ground reaction force” approach, like walking and jogging, to exercises that use a “joint reaction force” approach, like rowing and weight training. They will use image-based bone strength analysis to determine the effects of each type of exercise on the bones of the hip and spine, and they hope to find an optimal exercise program for reducing the risk of fractures in older veterans and older adults in general.


Darbeheshti named ESSC director

Maryam Darbeheshti, advisor and assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has accepted the position of director of the Engineering Student Services Center (ESSC). Maryam will be responsible for improving the quality and uniformity of services offered to our students as we expand the ESSC with two new CTT/advisor hires this fall. Congratulations, Maryam!

VanDijk named BIOE director of student services

Angela VanDijk, who has served as the bioengineering undergraduate program coordinator and advisor since 2013, is the Department of Bioengineering’s new Director of Student Services. In this newly created role, Angela will oversee all degree program operations and is responsible for organizing and managing student recruitment, retention and engagement activities. She will work closely with staff, faculty, and other individuals across our campuses to ensure that bioengineering students receive the guidance and support they need to be successful in their given programs.

Angela comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in student and academic affairs. Prior to moving to Colorado she lived in New York City where she served as an Assistant Dean in the Division of Student Affairs at Columbia University and more recently as the Acting Director of Advising Services at the City University of New York’s Hunter College.

In an effort to support students on both the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campuses, Angela will maintain two office locations. She invites students to email her at angela.vandijk@ucdenver.edu or call 303-724-9972 to inquire about her schedule or to make an appointment.

Please join the bioengineering department in welcoming Angela as she transitions into this role.  We know she will do a great job but also would appreciate your patience as she fits into her new responsibilities.

Electrical engineering department receives funding from Qualcomm

Qualcomm is funding a University of Colorado Denver project, “Accelerating Visual Computing Algorithms for Enhanced 3D Sensing,” lead by Dan Connors, assistant professor of electrical engineering. The $30,000 grant from Qualcomm will support student research in designing next-generation mobile processor architectures.

The core objective of the project is to explore energy efficient algorithms that can overcome the power dissipation issues of mobile platforms. Traditional mobile processors scale poorly when attempting to emulate human vision functions, and thus a novel smart architecture is necessary to enable real-time analysis with limited constraints. The proposed work enables the investigation of smart architectures that use all silicon resources (CPU, GPU and DSP) to enable human-like understanding. A component of the work will extend the group’s current framework for approximate parallel computing (APC) that allows a programmer to dynamically govern the execution of parallel tasks within processor resources with respect to specific algorithm, data, and machine characteristics.

The funded project builds on existing momentum and success of Connors’ research group in embedded systems and computer engineering. Specifically, in May, Connors lead a team of electrical engineering students to win first place in the Intel Cornell Cup Embedded Design Competition with a 3D vision system capable of executing a 3D Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) algorithm for unmanned vehicles. Qualcomm also hired Skyler Saleh, BS ’15, as a full-time engineer based on his work on the project.