Bioengineering Undergraduate student, Adam Rauff was awarded a 2015-2016 University Opportunity Program (UROP) grant. Adam will be working with Dr. Dana Carpenter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on a project titled, “Investigating the Effects of Weight-Bearing Function on Bone Microstructure.” The research delves into the function of osteocytes (mature bone cells) and their mechanosensory properties. Osteocytes perform bone remodeling based on the strains of the skeletal system, however the process of sensing and reacting to mechanical pressures remains illusive. The remodeling phenomenon occurs in all vertebrates, and there will be multiple animals compared in the experiments (in vitro). This property of osteocytes could improve understanding of osteoporosis, bone loss due to mechanical unloading (as observed in astronauts losing bone mass, or an individual that is suddenly confined to a wheel chair). Furthermore, this research could improve understanding of the bone remodeling that every human experiences as they age, and their bones become more brittle and sensitive (especially in women). Congratulations, Adam!
Emily Gibson, assistant professor of bioengineering, and colleagues with the CU School of Medicine and CU Boulder have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope that can look deep inside a living brain. Their work was featured in the Denver Post on May 12. The research was made possible by a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation and will also be featured on the NSF website.
Their project, Stratus, enables aerial and ground robotic systems to generate 3D models of local areas such as buildings as well as performed enhanced obstacle-aware navigation.
Their project will be on display at the Spring Senior Design Competition on May 15. There is a lot to show and build upon for both research and education.
Congratulations to the team, Skyler Saleh, Bruno Mary, Bruno Duarte, and Xin Li, and to their faculty advisor, Dan Connors. This is the third year the college has participated in this event.
Christopher Yakacki, assistant professor, has been named the 2015 campus winner for the Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activities award. He will be honored at a ceremony on September 18. The awards are special not just because they recognize outstanding performance in our core areas as a university, but also because they are ultimately recognition of this exemplary work by faculty peers. Recipients are chosen by selection committees comprising previous award winners. Congratulations, Chris! Read the entire announcement from Provost Nairn.
On Friday, April 17, more than 200 students from CU Denver and CU Anschutz participated in the 18th annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Ten schools and colleges were represented, and two participants from the College of Engineering and Applied Science walked away with awards.
Ashanthi Maxworth, graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Outstanding Graduate Scholarly Activity in Engineering and Applied Science award for her poster presentation, “Whistler Wave Propagation in the Earth’s Ionosphere and Magnetosphere.” Maxworth’s faculty sponsor is Mark Golkowski, assistant professor of electrical engineering.
CU Denver Motorsports, a team of mechanical engineering students, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarly Activity in Engineering and Applied Science award for their senior design project, a formula one race car designed to compete in a collegiate competition this summer. Team members include Alex Fenstermacher, Chris Allen, Michael Baker, Zack Landgren, Byron Pindell, Matt Bunsness, Mark Haden, Austin Voss, Drake Soule, David Richards, Orlando Paredes, Arthur Boo, Tabitha Martinez, and Curtis Sharpsteen; their faculty sponsor is Ron Rorrer, associate professor of mechanical engineering.
Congratulations to all of you!
Bill McIntyre, engineering and applied science PhD candidate in civil engineering, successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Alluvial Storage and Recovery in the South Platte River Basin in Colorado-A Design Approach,” on April 8, and is set to be the first graduate of the college’s interdisciplinary EAS PhD program. His graduate committee members include Associate Professor David Mays, Professor Emeritus Lynn Johnson, Assistant Professor Indrani Pal, Dick Wolf, Paul Flack, and Professor Kevin Rens, who is also his major professor, advisor and mentor.
McIntyre will be hooded at commencement on May 16.
Electrical engineering assistant professor Yiming Deng and his research group, a.k.a. LEAP, received $43,200 research donation from local company MjC25 LLC for research on advanced sensing and data analysis for wearable devices. The award spans the next two years.
Faculty advisor David Mays, associate professor of civil engineering, is pleased to announce that the 2014-2015 CU Denver chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team won first place in the stiffness category, and placed in the top half overall, at last week’s ASCE Rocky Mountain Student Conference at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. For the first time, as this is the senior design project for some of the team members, you can see the award-winning bridge at the Senior Design Presentations on Friday 5/15/2015 in the North Classroom Atrium.
In related news, our ASCE Student Chapter will be co-hosting next year’s Rocky Mountain Student Conference, in collaboration with Metropolitan State University of Denver, here on the Auraria Campus from Thursday 3/31/2016 through Saturday 4/2/2016. Want to help? Contact Doron Levary (email@example.com) or Jesse Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ryan Brody, an undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering, received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grant in the amount of $1,200. This fund will support his summer research titled “Synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles surface functionalized with PNIPAAm and hyaluronic acid.” This research is an important first step to develop a minimally invasive treatment methodology for cartilage/bone regeneration. He will conduct this research under the guidance of Daewon Park, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering.
Sarah Mandos, program assistant for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been named the 2015 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Staff. The award, which includes a cash prize as well as a commemorative plaque, will be presented at the college Year-End Celebration on May 15.
As the winner of this year’s award, Sarah will be appointed to serve on the selection committee for next year’s Outstanding Staff award.