Golkowski receives college Outstanding Faculty in Teaching award

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Congratulations to Mark Golkowski, associate professor of electrical engineering, on being named this year’s CEAS Outstanding Faculty in Teaching. Golkowski will receive a cash prize and commemorative plaque at the college Year-End Celebration in May and is in the running for the campus-level award, which will be announced later this year.

Congratulations on this achievement and best of luck with the campus-level award.


Marshall receives college Outstanding Faculty in Research award

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Congratulations to Wesley Marshall, associate professor of civil engineering, on being named this year’s CEAS Outstanding Faculty in Research. Marshall will receive a cash prize and commemorative plaque at the college Year-End Celebration in May and is in the running for the campus-level award, which will be announced later this year.

Congratulations on this achievement and best of luck with the campus-level award.


Kim receives college nomination for Excellence in Service and Leadership award

jimmy kim2015Congratulations to Jimmy Kim, associate professor of civil engineering, on receiving this year’s college nomination for the CU Denver Annual Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership. Kim will receive a commemorative plaque at the college Year-End Celebration in May and will be considered for the campus-level award, which will be announced later this year.

Congratulations on this achievement and best of luck with the campus-level award.

Mancilla-David named a Fulbright Scholar

Fernando Mancilla-David426Congratulations to Fernando Mancilla-David, associate professor of electrical engineering, who has been named a Fulbright Scholar. This is a great honor that that reflects highly on his accomplishments and is an honor for the electrical engineering department as well.

Mancilla-David has been with the College of Engineering and Applied Science since 2007. His research interests include power system engineering and advanced power electronics.

ME students compete at SpaceX Hyperloop Design Weekend; advance to testing competition

Congratulations to HyperLynx, a team of eight undergraduate mechanical engineering students! This past weekend, HyperLynx participated in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, and they are one of 22 teams (from 115) whose design prototype was selected to be tested at Elon Musk’s Hyperloop track this summer in California.

“Team Hyperlynx is one of only two teams advanced in the “wheeled vehicle” category of the competition,” says Jack Nelson, Hyperlynx team member. “We will be going head to head against “Gatorloop” from the University of Florida as our ONLY competitor in this category.  The award for winning will be cash prizes and what SpaceX has referred to as ‘The coolest trophy ever’ (seriously).”

This is an awesome accomplishment, and we can’t wait to see their work in action this summer.

Learn more about the team and the project at denverhyperlynx.com.

Kim elected fellow of American Concrete Institute

jimmy kim2015Jimmy Kim, associate professor of civil engineering, was elected to Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI). Kim is the sole faculty holding this very prestigious award at all universities in Colorado. The Bylaws of ACI require candidates be nominated by the Fellow Nomination Committee and elected by the Board of Direction:

A Fellow shall have made outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products, and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction, or management. In addition, a Fellow shall have made significant contributions to ACI through committees and/or local chapters.

The grade of Fellow has been conferred to only less than 3% of outstanding members selected from over 20,000 ACI members in 120 countries. Kim’s research interests include advanced composite materials for infrastructure rehabilitation, complex systems, uncertainty quantification, and science-based structural engineering, including statistical and interface physics. Kim is the author of numerous journal papers that have been cited more than 750 times. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


The American Concrete Institute organized in 1904 is the world’s leading authority on concrete technology, having 98 chapters worldwide. Conforming to its mission ‘Provide knowledge and information for the best use of concrete” the institute publishes technical documents, provides a standard certificate program for the industry, conducts educational seminars and encourage student involvement in the concrete field.

Lynx Motorsports FSAE receives Gene Haas Foundation grant

IMG_1035A team of mechanical engineering students received a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for support of their senior design project, Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE. The team plans to compete this June in Lincoln, NE. They were presented with a check on January 26.

The Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE Team applied for a non-profit organization grant from the Foundation and then followed up via email with information about the team and the motorsports program at CU Denver. Gene Haas is no stranger to motorsports, as the Haas F1 team is set to debut in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2016.

The team is very grateful for the support and genuine interest shown in our team by the Gene Haas Foundation, and the encouragement we received from Mark Smith, VP and GM of Moncktons Machine Tools (A Haas Automation Company), who presented the team with the check.

Haas Automation, founded in 1983, is the largest manufacturer of CNC machine tools in America, such as the Haas TM 2P housed in the 5th Street Hub. The Gene Haas foundation has awarded grants to many educational institutions, programs, and non-profit organizations over the past 17 years. The foundation is committed to the importance of U.S. manufacturing and manufacturing education.

Learn more about the team and the project at lynxmotorsports.org.

Park receives NSF CAREER Award for research on DC Power Systems

Jae-Do ParkCongratulations to Dr. Jaedo Park, assistant professor of electrical engineering, on his National Science Foundation CAREER Award, “Smart Protection for DC Power Systems: Distributed and Proactive Approach.”

DC power systems have received renewed attention due to a number of advantages they offer, such as easy renewable energy resource integration, high-efficiency long distance transmission, and simpler interface with power electronics converters. Applications including microgrids with distributed generators, bulk power transmission, and low-voltage distribution systems have been investigated. However, compared to the control aspects of DC systems that have made sizable progress, system protection has always been a challenge.

This research project will address the protection issues of DC power systems, which will contribute to strengthen an important aspect of DC power systems and can be applied to various applications. Although the protection technology for AC systems has a long history and maturity, it is difficult to directly apply to DC systems because of the non-alternating nature and fast dynamics of DC power. The protection of DC power system needs to take a fundamentally different approach than that of existing AC technologies. Furthermore, complex modern power systems need more intelligence for their operation. The challenges will be investigated taking a distributed and proactive approach based on multi-dimensional intelligence. The research effort will develop system components for fast responses and compound decisions, which provide a protection framework that has swift fault current interruption, accurate fault location, and distributed decision-making based on various system parameters.

The outcomes of this research can be readily utilized in conjunction with other aspects of distributed and/or sustainable energy applications using DC power to generate synergistic effects on overall system reliability improvement. Moreover, the project activities will generate multidisciplinary research and educational impacts on the utilization of advanced artificial intelligence, control and communication technologies to power and energy system area.

Dr. Jae-Do Park received his PhD degree from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in 2007. Park is currently an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. His research interests are in the energy system applications, such as DC power systems, renewable energy sources, energy harvesting systems, and energy storage systems. Prior to his arrival at the University of Colorado Denver, Park worked for Pentadyne Power Corporation in California as the Manager of Software and Controls, where he took charge of control algorithm design and software development for the high-speed flywheel energy storage system. He also worked at the R&D Center of LG Industrial Systems in Korea, where he developed induction machine drive systems such as high-speed elevator drives and general purpose inverters as a research engineer.