Shandas among three to share patent for new smart material

The CU Technology Transfer Office is pleased to announce that researchers from CU’s Boulder, Anschutz and Denver campuses have been awarded a patent for improved shape memory polymers, a ‘smart material’ used in many next-generation implantable medical devices. The inventors on the patent are Christopher Bowman (CU-Boulder, ChBE), Robin Shandas (CU Denver, Bioengineering; CU Anschutz, Pediatrics; Children’s Hospital), Devatha Nair (CU Anschutz, Ophthalmology; former ChBE postdoc) and former ChBE research associate Neil Cramer.

U.S. 8,846,777, “Thiol-vinyl and thiol-yne systems for shape memory polymers,” was issued on September 30, 2014, and is part of a large portfolio of related patents prosecuted by TTO on behalf of CU.

Join us in congratulating these researchers on their achievement.

CEM class makes a site visit

IMG_0859On September 17, 2014, 17 students enrolled in Construction Materials and Methods, along with several faculty and graduate students from the Construction Engineering and Management program, made a site visit to the Cherry Creek Bridge Deck Replacement Project.  The project, at the corner of Cherry Creek and University, is slated for completion before Thanksgiving and is under the supervision of Kevin Rens, chair of civil engineering and director of construction engineering and management. Student observed many site conditions including the partial completion of two lanes of traffic, the debris catchment system, and epoxied rebar primed for the upcoming closure pour.

Read the CU Denver story about this new program.

Bodine receives Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Grant

Cathy BodineCathy Bodine, associate professor in bioengineering and executive director of Assistive Technology Partners, has received a five-year, $4.75 million Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Grant.

The grant will support three research projects centered on technologies to enhance independence in daily living for adults with cognitive impairment in the research domain of employment. The abstract for the award is below.

Congratulations to Cathy and your team!

Computer Science and Engineering Students Benefit from Intel® Software Academic Program

A recent document from Intel describes the features of its collaboration with the department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Colorado Denver.  The Intel® Software Academic Program supports parallelization studies with the help of Professor and Chair Dr. Gita Alaghband.

Access to these sophisticated tools are integral to successful careers for students and new discoveries for researchers in the field.

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Jason Lewis talks credit security with 9News

Jason Lewis, Senior Instructor Computer Science and Engineering

Jason Lewis, Senior Instructor Computer Science and Engineering

Jason Lewis, senior instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, spoke with 9News about the security of using credit and debit cards amid the recent security breaches at major retail outlets.

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Nikki Farnsworth receives F32 Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

Farnsworth_pic Nikki Farnsworth, a postdoctoral fellow mentored by Richard Benninger in the Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded a 3-year F32 fellowship from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) totaling $165,354. Nikki will study the dysregulation of pancreatic islet electrical activity during conditions associated with the progression of type1 diabetes, and ways to control this regulation to protect against beta cell decline.

Daewon Park receives 2nd NIH R21 Grant

Daewon Park, Assistant Professor in BioengineeringDaewon Park, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, received an NIH R21 grant in the amount of $409,255 from the National Eye Institute.

With this grant, Park will develop an extracellular matrix-mimicking polymeric injectable system for the regeneration of injured retinal ganglion cell axons. This next generation biomaterial will have the ability to readily access the optic nerves, which sit in an anatomically challenging location, will harmonize with the host neuro-retinal environment to minimize introduction of counter-productive host reactions such as inflammatory responses, and will create a growth-permissive environment that encourages organized neuronal regeneration.


3+1+1 program expands with two additional Chinese universities

MOU signing ceremony at Dalian Jiaotong University: Vice President Ma Yundong (5th from left), Director John Sunnygard, CEAS Assistant Dean Chengyu Li and International Operation Manger Manager Joanne Wambeke (6th, 7th and 8th from left) of CU Denver, and Deans of School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, School of Civil Engineering and Safety, School of Software, School of Electrical and Information Engineering.

In June, the College of Engineering and Applied Science signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai and with Dalian Jiaotong University in China. Both MOUs outlined cooperation in the fields of development of 3+1+1 program, exchange and/or collaborative engagement of faculty, collaborative study abroad or joint-student and/or faculty projects and seminars and conferences, collaboration on scholarly publications, and collaboration in the development of external funding.

Currently 24 students from Northeast Forestry University are in the 3+1+1 program. With the newly signed two MOUs, the college is expecting to receive more students with the program. Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of International Education Chengyu Li has been integral for the MOUs and participated in the signing ceremonies.

Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) was founded in 1920. It has been ranked in the top 10 universities in China for decades. HIT Weihai, as an indispensable part of HIT, was founded in 1985 in Weihai, a coastal city on the Jiaodong Peninsula in China. HIT Weihai comprises 11 schools and departments, including School of Automobile Engineering, School of Information Science and Engineering, School of Computer Science and Technology, School of Marine Resources and Environmental Engineering, School of Material Science and Engineering, and School of Software Engineering. HIT Weihai has more than 100 modern laboratories and engineering technology centers. There are more than 10,000 full-time students. The university is best known for its research in marine engineering, automobile engineering and electronic engineering. Its student HRT racing team has competed in Japan, Germany and many other countries.

Dalian Jiaotong University was founded in 1956 as Dalian Railway Vehicle Manufacturing School and changed to its current name in 2004. The university consists of two campuses in Dalian, a coastal city in eastern China. The engineering colleges include Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Software Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Automation, Environmental Engineering, and Measurement Control Technology and Instruments. There are about 20,000 full-time students and 1,100 full-time faculties. The university is best known for its strong program in railway and high-speed rail engineering and has developed many technologies that are currently used in high-speed rail system in China.

Department of Civil Engineering CTT Professor Chengyu Li was invited to present seminars at the College of Civil and Architectural Engineering of Heilongjiang Institute of Technology and the Department of Civil Engineering of Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai, China, in June 2014. The topics he presented are Bridge Accelerated Construction and Special Design Methods in Bridge Engineering.

Baris Ozbay awarded CEAS Alumni Association scholarship

Baris Ozbay, a PhD candidate in the department of bioengineering, was awarded the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Alumni Association scholarship.  Ozbay_picture

Baris is working in close collaboration with the neuroscience program under the advice of Emily Gibson, PhD in the department of bioengineering and Diego Restrepo, PhD in the department of cell and developmental biology. His work combines optical engineering and molecular physiology to innovate on cutting-edge microscopy tools for the field of chemosensory neuroscience. This scholarship will allow Baris the flexibility to better interact with engineers and neuroscientists by opening pathways for collaborations and travel.

Richard Benninger, Ph.D. receives JDRF Career Development Award

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has awarded Dr Richard Benninger, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering, a career development award (CDA) totaling $750,000 over 5 years. The title of the project is “Interactions between islet function and beta cell autoimmunity during the pathogenesis of type1 diabetes”.

Type1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which leads to an imbalance in blood sugar levels, requiring life-long insulin therapy and increasing risks for widespread kidney, vascular, heart or retinal diseases. The precise causes of the disease and role of environmental and genetic factors remain to be determined; however we know that the immune-mediated destruction of insulin producing beta-cells is a central factor in the development of this disease. Research is investigating ways to alter the immune system to prevent the destruction of beta-cells, however recent research is discovering that an altered function of the beta-cells themselves during the disease progression may be an important factor. The CDA will build upon the Benninger lab’s recent work in applying advanced microscopy approaches and understanding pancreatic islet function, and develop further interactions within the Barbara Davis center for childhood diabetes where the Benninger lab is housed. This will help discover new ways in which beta-cells are disrupted in the disease pathogenesis and determine whether control of certain factors in these cells will blunt or prevent the emergence of diabetes in at risk populations.