Michal Schafer receives 1st place award at the Annual Conference of The Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology

Congratulations to Michal Schafer on his recent 1st place award for his oral presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference of The Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology in Vail, CO.  Michal was competing against more than a dozen medical residents and fellows for this honor.  His talk was titled “Vascular Indices of Aortic Stiffness by MRI in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes.”  Michal works under the mentorship of Dr. Uyen Truong, Dr. Kendall Hunter and Dr. Vitaly Kheyfets.

Bioengineering graduate students receive travel grants from the Graduate School!

Bioengineering graduate students, Melissa Laughter, David Lee, and Anna Laura Nelson have each been awarded a $500 Travel Grant from the Graduate School to present at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC on April 15-18, 2015.

  • David be presenting on functional recovery following peripheral nerve injury using a biomimetic polymer conduit.
  • Melissa will be presenting on a Heparin-mimicking reverse thermal gel for the treatment of myocardial ischemia.
  • Anna Laura will be presenting on an Optimization of the morphology of multifunctional mesoporous silica nanoparticles to increase therapeutic and diagnostic effects in breast cancer.


Mays presents to Colorado Ground Water Association

David-Mays- (10-2014)-webOn Wednesday, March 17, David Mays, associate professor of civil engineering, was the guest speaker at the at the Colorado Groundwater Association March meeting. His presentation, “Plume Spreading for Improved Groundwater Remediation,” was well-received by the group.


Groundwater, found in soils and aquifers, represents 99% of the world’s supply of liquid fresh water. It is therefore a crucial component of our water supply, especially in arid states like Colorado. Unfortunately, gravity means that pollution often finds its way into groundwater, necessitating the art, science, and multi-billion dollar business of groundwater remediation.

This talk will describe an ongoing study, using both computer simulations and laboratory experiments, designed to test the simple hypothesis that groundwater remediation can benefit from an engineered approach to promote plume stretching and folding. This work, funded by the National Science Foundation, represents a new approach to the hydraulics of groundwater remediation based on a key idea borrowed from chaos theory: That stretching and folding optimizes mixing in laminar flows.

The lack of turbulent mixing soils and aquifers makes it difficult to blend chemical additives, which is why the National Research Council has observed that groundwater remediation reactions are usually confined to a narrow interface zone between the injected additives and the contaminated groundwater. The goal if this work is to take the literature on fluid mechanics and turn it into an engineered sequence of injections and extractions at wells that, it is hoped, will provide a new paradigm for the hydraulics of groundwater remediation. Accordingly, this talk will provide a brief introduction to chaos theory, and then summarize computer simulations and laboratory experiments designed to demonstrate stretching and folding for plume spreading.


David Mays serves on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver, located on the Auraria Campus downtown, where he teaches fluid mechanics, pipe network design, and three graduate courses on hydrology. His research program addresses fundamental challenges in groundwater remediation using tools borrowed from complex systems science, including chaos theory (i.e., stretching and folding) and colloid science (i.e., fractal dimensions of permeability-reducing deposits in aquifers). Applications of this research have included pervious concrete, aquifer storage and recovery, and hydrocarbon reservoir engineering. Since joining CU Denver in 2005, Dr. Mays has advised 17 graduate students and published 14 refereed papers and 5 book chapters. More information, including course materials, are available through his website (http://carbon.ucdenver.edu/~dmays).

Dr. Benninger receives a pilot project award from the Cooperative Study Group for Autoimmune Disease Prevention (CSGADP)

Richard Benninger, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded a $72,495 pilot project from the Cooperative Study Group for Autoimmune Disease Prevention (a cooperative study group formed between multiple NIH institutes and the JDRF). This project will develop novel non-invasive imaging approaches to detect inflammation in the pancreas associated with the development of type1 diabetes, enabling early preventative therapeutic approaches to be applied.