Connors to speak at TEDxMileHigh, June 15

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Dan ConnorsDan Connors, assistant professor and associate chair of electrical engineering is one of eleven speakers at TEDxMileHigh, happening this Saturday, June 15, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. He will present at approximately 1 p.m.

Dan will talk about the social implications of computer vision with exponentially increasing capability that is now exceeding and expanding human capabilities.

The name of this year’s TEDx is “Values & Instincts.” From www.tedxmilehigh.com: “TEDxMileHigh exists to spread big ideas and elevate inspired citizenship in Colorado. It is a community of thinkers and doers, ideators and creators, activists and enthusiasts. TEDxMileHigh showcases innovative Coloradans, no matter the sector, who each give the ‘talk of their life’ around the power of ideas.  This diverse group of thought leaders and innovators educate, inspire, and stimulate change with the ultimate goal being deep discussion and action across our communities.” We are honored that Dan will be representing the college and the university at such an inspiring event.

Mechanical engineering students also will be in the Exhibits Lounge with their award-winning hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the H2 Eco-Challenger.

Discounted tickets for the event are still available for the CU Denver community- $20 off the regular price. Use coupon code CUDenver.  http://tedxmilehigh2013.eventbrite.com

June 6 – 9: ME students competing at Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge

Baja TeamA team of mechanical engineering students traveled to New York this week with their senior design project, Lynx Motorsports Baja Racer, to compete in the Baja SAE Rochester World Challenge 2013.

The competition is hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and runs from June 6 through June 9.

The car, which was designed and built by the team of students based on guidelines and specifications for this specific competition, is engineered to navigate obstacles and complete different technical feats.

The judging of the competition has several categories of varying weights. The first is the design report and the second is the cost report; 85 points are available for these two categories. The next events are dynamics events for the vehicle—acceleration, hill climb, maneuverability and endurance—and total 700 possible points. The vehicle has been designed knowing the hardest and most heavily weighted section of the competition is the endurance race.  Less than 50 percent of the entering vehicles will complete this race, as it is very demanding and hard on the car.

Team members include Hussain Alabdulmohsin, Jeff Blum, Thomas Caranese, Joseph Gardner, Byron Gray, Jon Le, Sean McDonough, Raymond Packingham and Fraser Sanderson. They are hopeful for a top-ten finish against more than 120 teams from all around the world.

Learn more at ucdlynxmotorsports.com.

Good luck!