Maryam Darbeheshti, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Engineering Student Services Center, has been named the CU Denver Faculty Feminist of the Year by the Women’s Resource Center. She will be honored at a reception tomorrow, March 31. Congratulations!
Seniors in civil engineering are keeping busy, working on their senior design projects and interacting with industry. A team of eight students attended a Structural Engineers Association of Colorado (SEAC) professional breakfast meeting, and a team of twelve students toured CH2M Hill’s corporate headquarters.
In the most recent U.S.News & World Report rankings, the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus bioengineering graduate programs ranked #63. This is a jump of nearly 20 since last year.
Our programs are the TOP ranked bioengineering programs in Colorado, and at #63, we’re tied with University of California Riverside; University of Alabama, Birmingham; SUNY, Buffalo; Michigan Technological University; Marquette University; and Notre Dame.
It is also worthy to note that the bioengineering programs at all the above universities have been around much longer than ours, which was established in 2010.
Congratulations to the bioengineering department on this fantastic accomplishment!
Richard Weir, bioengineering associate professor of research, was featured in CU Connections, the systemwide e-newsletter for faculty and staff. Learn about where he came from and what pushes him to succeed.
Last summer Matthew Cross, a civil engineering PhD candidate, spent part of his summer in the Costa Rican rainforest collecting research data. Read about his fascinating work, featured on the college website and in CU Today.
On February 27 Fred Rutz, assistant professor of civil engineering, represented the college at the Colorado High School Bridge Competition. Attendees included 67 high school students plus their teachers, families, and friends. Rutz attends this event each year to promote the college to prospective new students.
On February 29, the Denver Post published an article on traffic safety. Professor Bruce Janson is quoted in the story, sharing his views and what he thinks needs to change. Read the story.
On January 15, more than 20 enthusiastic supporters and stakeholders for the Denver Police Law Enforcement Museum came together for a strategy session. Among the attendees was a team of civil engineering undergraduate students that, under the guidance of senior design instructor Peter Marxhausen, will create a comprehensive plan for the museum building design including conceptual drawings and floorplans. Students on the team include Glen Wilson, Nabeal (Newton) Khatib, Afshan Andesha, Ali Alqahtani, Abdishakur Siraji, and Tammam Al Ghufinah.
You’ll be able to see their final design at the spring senior design event, scheduled for May 13. Stay tuned for additional details.
Vitaly Kheyfets, PhD, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Bioengineering has received the American Thoracic Society Cordelia’s Pediatric PH Research and Mentoring Award (Robyn J. Barst Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension fund). Pulmonary Hypertension is a disease associated with an increase in pulmonary arterial pressure, which leads to heart failure in both adults and children. Endothelial cells, arterial cells that are in contact with blood, are partially responsible for regulating blood flow by releasing chemicals that dilate the vessel to maintain normal pressure. The friction forces of passing blood must remain high in order for them to work properly.
Previous studies have shown that these forces are decreased in pulmonary hypertension. However, no one knows why the force is decreased or exactly what it does to the cells when they are in the body. One experiment, where these cells were isolated from the body, showed that decreasing this force caused the cells to change shape and function. This study proposes a two-step approach: (1) develop a mathematical model of the pulmonary arteries and blood flow to determine what causes the force acting on the cells to decrease; and (2) perform biochemical analysis of the blood to see what impact this decrease has had on the endothelial cells.
While PH is more prominent among children, most ongoing research is targeted towards adults. Successfully carrying out this project could lead to 3 important developments: (1) understanding the mechanical cause of blood flow forces on endothelial cells; (2) identifying the biochemical result of cells that are subjected to abnormal flow conditions in children; and (3) creating a blood test to determine the health of the artery in children.