Maxworth and CU Denver Motorsports win at Research and Creative Activities Symposium

On Friday, April 17, more than 200 students from CU Denver and CU Anschutz participated in the 18th annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Ten schools and colleges were represented, and two participants from the College of Engineering and Applied Science walked away with awards.

Ashanthi Maxworth, graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Outstanding Graduate Scholarly Activity in Engineering and Applied Science award for her poster presentation, “Whistler Wave Propagation in the Earth’s Ionosphere and Magnetosphere.” Maxworth’s faculty sponsor is Mark Golkowski, assistant professor of electrical engineering.

CU Denver Motorsports, a team of mechanical engineering students, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarly Activity in Engineering and Applied Science award for their senior design project, a formula one race car designed to compete in a collegiate competition this summer. Team members include Alex Fenstermacher, Chris Allen, Michael Baker, Zack Landgren, Byron Pindell, Matt Bunsness, Mark Haden, Austin Voss, Drake Soule, David Richards, Orlando Paredes, Arthur Boo, Tabitha Martinez, and Curtis Sharpsteen; their faculty sponsor is Ron Rorrer, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Congratulations to all of you!

Read the event recap from University Communications.

McIntyre set to be first EAS PhD graduate

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Bill McIntyre, engineering and applied science PhD candidate in civil engineering, successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Alluvial Storage and Recovery in the South Platte River Basin in Colorado-A Design Approach,” on April 8, and is set to be the first graduate of the college’s interdisciplinary EAS PhD program. His graduate committee members include Associate Professor David Mays, Professor Emeritus Lynn Johnson, Assistant Professor Indrani Pal, Dick Wolf, Paul Flack, and Professor Kevin Rens, who is also his major professor, advisor and mentor.

McIntyre will be hooded at commencement on May 16.

Congratulations.

ASCE steel bridge team’s structure wins first place for stiffness

From left to right, the 2014-2015 Steel Bridge Team is Di Wei, Peter Botsonis, Prince Appiah, Emily Sedbrook, Fernando Molina, Jimmy Botsonis (Steel Bridge Captain), Chris Shipman, Brian Vines, Doron Levary, and Boateng Akyeampong.
From left to right, the 2014-2015 Steel Bridge Team is Di Wei, Peter Botsonis, Prince Appiah, Emily Sedbrook, Fernando Molina, Jimmy Botsonis (Steel Bridge Captain), Chris Shipman, Brian Vines, Doron Levary, and Boateng Akyeampong.

Faculty advisor David Mays, associate professor of civil engineering, is pleased to announce that the 2014-2015 CU Denver chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team won first place in the stiffness category, and placed in the top half overall, at last week’s ASCE Rocky Mountain Student Conference at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. For the first time, as this is the senior design project for some of the team members, you can see the award-winning bridge at the Senior Design Presentations on Friday 5/15/2015 in the North Classroom Atrium.

In related news, our ASCE Student Chapter will be co-hosting next year’s Rocky Mountain Student Conference, in collaboration with Metropolitan State University of Denver, here on the Auraria Campus from Thursday 3/31/2016 through Saturday 4/2/2016. Want to help? Contact Doron Levary (doron.levary@ucdenver.edu) or Jesse Hanson (jesse.hanson@ucdenver.edu).

Ryan Brody, bioengineering undergradaute, awarded UROP grant

Ryan Brody, an undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering, received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grant in the amount of $1,200. This fund will support his summer research titled “Synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles surface functionalized with PNIPAAm and hyaluronic acid.” This research is an important first step to develop a minimally invasive treatment methodology for cartilage/bone regeneration. He will conduct this research under the guidance of Daewon Park, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering.

Mandos named 2015 CEAS Outstanding Staff

Sarah Mandos, program assistant for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been named the 2015 College of Engineering and Applied Science 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 15.

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

Congratulations!