ASCE steel bridge team’s structure wins first place for stiffness

From left to right, the 2014-2015 Steel Bridge Team is Di Wei, Peter Botsonis, Prince Appiah, Emily Sedbrook, Fernando Molina, Jimmy Botsonis (Steel Bridge Captain), Chris Shipman, Brian Vines, Doron Levary, and Boateng Akyeampong.

From left to right, the 2014-2015 Steel Bridge Team is Di Wei, Peter Botsonis, Prince Appiah, Emily Sedbrook, Fernando Molina, Jimmy Botsonis (Steel Bridge Captain), Chris Shipman, Brian Vines, Doron Levary, and Boateng Akyeampong.

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 (doron.levary@ucdenver.edu) or Jesse Hanson (jesse.hanson@ucdenver.edu).

Ryan Brody, bioengineering undergradaute, awarded UROP grant

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.

Mandos named 2015 CEAS Outstanding Staff

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.

Congratulations!

Michal Schafer receives 1st place award at the Annual Conference of The Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology

Congratulations to Michal Schafer on his recent 1st place award for his oral presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference of The Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology in Vail, CO.  Michal was competing against more than a dozen medical residents and fellows for this honor.  His talk was titled “Vascular Indices of Aortic Stiffness by MRI in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes.”  Michal works under the mentorship of Dr. Uyen Truong, Dr. Kendall Hunter and Dr. Vitaly Kheyfets.

Bioengineering graduate students receive travel grants from the Graduate School!

Bioengineering graduate students, Melissa Laughter, David Lee, and Anna Laura Nelson have each been awarded a $500 Travel Grant from the Graduate School to present at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC on April 15-18, 2015.

  • David be presenting on functional recovery following peripheral nerve injury using a biomimetic polymer conduit.
  • Melissa will be presenting on a Heparin-mimicking reverse thermal gel for the treatment of myocardial ischemia.
  • Anna Laura will be presenting on an Optimization of the morphology of multifunctional mesoporous silica nanoparticles to increase therapeutic and diagnostic effects in breast cancer.

 

Mays presents to Colorado Ground Water Association

David-Mays- (10-2014)-webOn Wednesday, March 17, David Mays, associate professor of civil engineering, was the guest speaker at the at the Colorado Groundwater Association March meeting. His presentation, “Plume Spreading for Improved Groundwater Remediation,” was well-received by the group.

Abstract:

Groundwater, found in soils and aquifers, represents 99% of the world’s supply of liquid fresh water. It is therefore a crucial component of our water supply, especially in arid states like Colorado. Unfortunately, gravity means that pollution often finds its way into groundwater, necessitating the art, science, and multi-billion dollar business of groundwater remediation.

This talk will describe an ongoing study, using both computer simulations and laboratory experiments, designed to test the simple hypothesis that groundwater remediation can benefit from an engineered approach to promote plume stretching and folding. This work, funded by the National Science Foundation, represents a new approach to the hydraulics of groundwater remediation based on a key idea borrowed from chaos theory: That stretching and folding optimizes mixing in laminar flows.

The lack of turbulent mixing soils and aquifers makes it difficult to blend chemical additives, which is why the National Research Council has observed that groundwater remediation reactions are usually confined to a narrow interface zone between the injected additives and the contaminated groundwater. The goal if this work is to take the literature on fluid mechanics and turn it into an engineered sequence of injections and extractions at wells that, it is hoped, will provide a new paradigm for the hydraulics of groundwater remediation. Accordingly, this talk will provide a brief introduction to chaos theory, and then summarize computer simulations and laboratory experiments designed to demonstrate stretching and folding for plume spreading.

Biosketch

David Mays serves on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver, located on the Auraria Campus downtown, where he teaches fluid mechanics, pipe network design, and three graduate courses on hydrology. His research program addresses fundamental challenges in groundwater remediation using tools borrowed from complex systems science, including chaos theory (i.e., stretching and folding) and colloid science (i.e., fractal dimensions of permeability-reducing deposits in aquifers). Applications of this research have included pervious concrete, aquifer storage and recovery, and hydrocarbon reservoir engineering. Since joining CU Denver in 2005, Dr. Mays has advised 17 graduate students and published 14 refereed papers and 5 book chapters. More information, including course materials, are available through his website (http://carbon.ucdenver.edu/~dmays).

Dr. Benninger receives a pilot project award from the Cooperative Study Group for Autoimmune Disease Prevention (CSGADP)

Richard Benninger, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded a $72,495 pilot project from the Cooperative Study Group for Autoimmune Disease Prevention (a cooperative study group formed between multiple NIH institutes and the JDRF). This project will develop novel non-invasive imaging approaches to detect inflammation in the pancreas associated with the development of type1 diabetes, enabling early preventative therapeutic approaches to be applied.

Yakacki named college Outstanding Faculty in Research

Yakacki (9-12)-WEBChristopher Yakacki, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Faculty in Research Award. The award, which includes a cash prize and a commemorative plaque, will be presented to Chris at the 2015 Year End Celebration on May 15.

He is also in the running for the campuswide Annual Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Activities.

Congratulations again, and best of luck with the campus-level award.

Hayes selected as the 2015 college Outstanding Faculty in Teaching

KM0_1174Roxann Hayes, instructor of civil engineering and advisor in the Engineering Student Services Center, has been named the 2015 College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Faculty in Teaching. The award–a cash prize and commemorative plaque–will be presented to Roxann at the 2015 Year-End Celebration on May 15.

She is also under consideration for the campuswide Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Congratulations, Roxann, and best of luck with the campus-level award.