Kiran Dyamenahalli, BIOE, receives travel award from Graduate School

Kiran Dyamenahalli, an MSTP-PhD candidate in BIOE, received a $500 travel award from the Graduate School to support his travel to the BioInterface 2013 conference in Bloomington, MN on Oct. 7-9, 2013. The conference is sponsored by the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation. Kiran will give a talk entitled “Shape Memory Polymer Nanocomposite Materials for Transcatheter Cardiovascular Devices.”

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Faculty, Staff and Guests Visit Bioengineering’s Denver Campus Location

Dean Marc Ingber and Dr. Robin Shandas visit with undergraduate students, Ashley Newton and Jacob Altholz at the Bioengineering Open House.

The Department of Bioengineering invited CU Denver Staff, Faculty and invited guests to visit their new North Classroom location during an Open House on Wednesday, September 25. Visitors were invited to mingle in the Bioengineering Student Lounge and Departmental Offices before touring the new teaching lab. Guests also received a first-hand look at what undergraduates experience in their first Bioengineering Design and Prototyping classes.

Civil engineering students tour new Academic 1 Building

CE students tour new Academic 1 BuildingContributed by Ronson Fox, senior in civil engineering

In early September, two groups of CU Denver Civil Engineering students from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and the Structural Steel Design Course took a site tour of the New Academic Building 1 Jobsite. In fall 2014, Academic Building 1 is set to be the first CU Denver exclusively owned and operated building on the Auraria Campus.

Civil engineering is a very broad course of study, encompassing structural design, geotechnical engineering and hydrology to name a few. As we approach graduation we as students need internships and jobsite experiences to help our transition into the workforce. To accomplish that Saunders Construction Inc. and Anderson Mason Dale (AMD) Architects have been gracious enough to partner with us to share their knowledge about design and construction.

On the most recent tour, a project manager from AMD walked us around the jobsite and focused heavily on the structural steel elements of the building. Previously, a group CE students from the Geotechnical Soils Lab and Foundations Design Course toured the project in its early days, back in the spring semester of 2013, when the foundation and earthwork were being completed. These experiences help us make connections between the theoretical classroom lectures and real projects taking place in our city, which is extremely important to our education here at CU Denver.

CU Denver students help flood-damaged bridges

Along Cherry Creek, there are 22 foot bridges, many of which were damaged by high waters from last week’s flood. CU Denver engineering students are helping the city inspect the bridges for any structural damage, by doing hands-on exams. “We don’t always get a chance to get out of the classroom,” said Eric Petrie, a junior. “This allows us to get real experience working with professionals and it looks good on our resumes when it comes time to looking for a job.”

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Golkowski and Marshall honored at 2013 Celebration of Faculty Excellence

On Friday, Sept. 6, Mark Golkowski, assistant professor in electrical engineering, and Wes Marshall, assistant professor in civil engineering, were recognized at the university’s 2013 Celebration of Faculty Excellence. Mark was honored for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities, and Wes was honored for Excellence in Teaching.  We congratulate them on their awards and are grateful for their continued service to the college and the University!

Amin Famili, PhD Candidate in BIOE, receives 2nd place honor from American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

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Amin Famili, a PhD candidate in Bioengineering, will be honored at the upcoming Ocular Drug Delivery and Disposition Focus Group (ODDDFG) Meeting on November 11, 2013 for his poster “A combined reverse thermal gel/polymeric mycelle system for sustained ocular delivery of triamcinolone acetonide.” Amin was selected as the 2nd place recipient of the 2013 AAPS ODDDFG Graduate Student Poster Award sponsored by Bausch & Lomb. Amin also received a $500 travel award from the CU Denver Graduate School to support his travel. Congratulations, Amin!

Dr. Emily Gibson of Bioengineering secures $1M NSF grant to build unique microscope

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Bioengineering faculty member Emily Gibson is awarded a $1 million dollar NSF grant for development of a unique fluorescent microscope allowing visualization of dynamic cellular processes at resolutions approaching the size of  protein complexes (tens of nanometers).  Diego Restrepo, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Director of the Center for Neuroscience, is co-PI of the grant and Dr. Stephanie Meyer, Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering is key personnel.  The technology development grant will fund a 5 year effort to build the microscope making CU Denver the only place in the country with such capability for research.  The research projects enabled by the new instrument include studies of the dynamic organization of protein complexes in synapses upon control of neural plasticity, studies of the molecular-level mechanisms of odor transduction by direct stimulation of the transduction pathway, and methods for writing/reading bits at sub-diffraction dimensions in high density data storage materials.

Bioengineering Welcomes First Undergraduate Cohort

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Bioengineering pre-majors celebrate their admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Denver.

This fall, the Department of Bioengineering welcomed its first undergraduate cohort. New students not only attended a campus-wide orientation program, but were invited to attend a New Student Welcome at the Anschutz Medical Campus. At the Welcome, they had an opportunity to tour the department’s research labs, interact with faculty and staff, and meet new and current graduate students.