Institute of Transportation Engineers CU Denver Student Chapter meeting and elections May 1

iteThe UCD Student ITE will hold its last meeting for the year on May 1st, and will elect next year’s board, along with lunch and a presentation by the RTD FasTracks Transit-Oriented Development group! Come learn about and run for the board positions available and hear about the future of development and transit in Denver!

Wednesday, May 1st, 12pm-1pm
CU Building, Room 490
1250 14th Street

Yakacki recently a guest editor for Polymer Reviews

Yakacki (9-12)-WEBChris Yakacki, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, recently served as a guest editor for Polymer Reviews, the second-most cited polymer review journal. As guest editor, he created a special issue entitled “Shape-Memory and Shape-Changing Polymers.”

“Shape-memory and shape-changing polymers are a dynamic class of materials that can challenge and transform the way we look at engineering materials,” says Yakacki. “I wanted to create an issue that covered as many aspects of these materials as possible: ranging from how to characterize their behavior, to how they can be utilized for medical devices, to how researchers can model their behavior. The issue has some great contribution from leaders in the field from all over the world.”

The opportunity to serve as a guest editor came as part of the CU Denver External Research Mentor Program. Yakacki won the award last fall with Patrick Mather of Syracuse University as his mentor. Mather is the Director of the Biomaterials Institute at Syracuse and serves on the editorial board of Polymer Reviews. He also visited the college as part of the CEAS seminar series in March.

Read the special issue here.

Lefeave receives CEAS Outstanding Staff Award

Lefeave (9-12)-WEBErica Lefeave, college communications specialist, has been chosen as this year’s CEAS 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 17.

As the winner of this year’s award, Erica will be appointed to serve on the selection committee for next year’s Outstanding Staff award.


ITE lunchtime lecture: Dr. Daniel Rodriguez discusses transportation and land use


On Friday, April 19, the ITE Student Chapter is partnering with ACT Research Group to host a lunchtime lecture from Dr. Daniel Rodriguez of UNC Chapel Hill, who will be discussing transportation and land use.

Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on the relationship between transportation and the built environment, studying how the built environment affects the behavior of travelers, and how transportation investments can be used to stimulate redevelopment.

Friday, April 19
12 to 1 p.m.
Lawrence Street Center (1380 Lawrence), Suite 500

Lunch is provided for free. See the flier for additional information.



Five questions for ME associate professor Ron Rorrer

In theRorrer April 11 issue of CU Connections, the CU system newsletter for faculty and staff, associate professor of mechanical engineering Ron Rorrer sat down with Cynthia Pasquale for five questions. They talked about everything from Rorrer’s research to the ME senior design projects to his love of classic cars.

You can read the entire story here.

“Five questions for…” is a regular feature of the CU Connections newsletter.

CSE department hosts “Hackathon” with Microsoft

On Friday, April 5, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted a six-hour “Hackathon.” Students were invited to develop apps for Windows 8, working with the guidance of a Microsoft engineer.

Approximately 35 programmers participated, ranging from seniors down to first-year students. Each attendee submitted at least one app, with a few submitting two on that day. The students have the opportunity to earn $100/app approved and posted, with up to five submissions. Michael Dewar, chair of the CU Denver Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) chapter helped facilitate the event.

The program runs through April 15, and is a great opportunity for our students.

Bioengineering featured in The Denver Post

The Department of Bioengineering was featured in two separate Denver Post articles. The first, on the front page of Sunday’s Business Section, PhD candidate Michael Zimkowski demonstrated his shape-memory polymer-coated membrane to the reporter.

On Monday, Richard Weir’s prosthetic research was featured on the front page.

Read about the program.

Read about Weir’s research.

Arati Gurung, BIOE PhD student, wins two research awards

Arati GurungCongratulations to Arati Gurung, PhD student in bioengineering, on two research awards. Arati has been awarded a Whitaker International Summer Grant to take her research on EchoPIV to the Image and Pattern Analysis Group at Heidelberg University. She will spend her summer in Germany.

Arati also received an NSF-sponsored award to attend the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging ’13 in San Francisco this week. Arati is presenting a poster there.

Congratulations, Arati!