This August the department of Bioengineering hosted its first ever Bioengineering Opportunities and Leadership Training (BOLT) for high school students. 25 students from around the metro area participated in the week’s activities, which ranged from building an optical heart rate monitor and learning about tissue engineering to visiting the Children’s Hospital Gait Lab and Center for Surgical Innovation. The objective of the camp was to expose students to the many different facets of bioengineering and to get them excited about what a career as a biomedical engineer could look like. At the conclusion of the week students presented their rough prototypes of new designs for medical devices that could help a pediatrician before enjoying an ice cream social with the students and faculty of the BIOE Department.
Planning transmission systems expansion: a review of good practices around the world
In July 2016, the Government of Chile passed a bill that radically modified the planning and operation of the Chilean electric power system. Among the various changes, the now Law 20.936 mandates that the planning of the transmission system expansion shall be performed by Chile’s “Comisión Nacional de Energía” (CNE), the equivalent of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the United States. Centralized planning of the transmission system expansion has been widely recognized around the world as a key enabler for the penetration of renewable energy, and for lowering prices for final users.
With funds from the Inter-American Development Bank, CNE hired CU Denver to conduct a study to identify ad-hoc methodologies and good practices to serve as a “toolbox” for the drafting of technical regulations that properly capture the spirit of Law 20.936.
A key milestone within the project was the hosting of an international seminar in Santiago, Chile to discuss transmission expansion planning processes elsewhere in the world. The event was held on April 10, 2017 at the SOFOFA Center and was attended by more than 150 local people, many of them CEOs of electric companies and high-ranking government officials. The conference brought together experts from Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
Mr. Andrés Romero, CNE director, opened the seminar, followed by an overview of the project from the project PI, electrical engineering professor Fernando Mancilla-David. The event continued with keynote speeches from international experts, and various roundtable discussions about specific subjects within Law 20.936.
The research team includes project PI electrical engineering professor Dr. Fernando Mancilla-David, Dr. Gabriel Olguín (Director of Power Business Chile), Dr. Alejandro Angulo (electrical engineering professor at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile), and a number of project engineers, including CU Denver doctoral student Héctor Robles-Campos.
For more information, contact Dr. Fernando Mancilla-David or visit https://www.cne.cl/seminario-internacional-planificacion-de-la-transmision/.
On Friday, October 7, more than 40 students, staff and faculty convened on the CU Denver athletic field to play kickball. The weather was beautiful, and everyone had a great time. The first game between the Hemoglobin Trotters (bioengineering) and the Bit Kickers (computer science) ended with a Hemoglobin Trotters victory. Game two was ASCE/civil engineering versus the Grass Kickers (electrical, mechanical and college staff), and resulted in a ASCE/civil engineering victory.
Check out the pictures below. We can’t wait for next year’s games!
On May 13, more than 250 faculty, students, staff, alumni and guests attended the fifth annual College of Engineering and Applied Science Year-End Celebration. Guests enjoyed a catered BBQ lunch, photobooth, badminton, and an awards ceremony.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 event, scheduled for May 12, 2017.
Photo credit: Kate Seppala Photography
On Friday, May 13, 24 teams participated in the Spring 2016 Senior Design Competition and Open House. Nearly 100 students from civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and the College of Architecture and Planning showcased their capstone projects in the North Classroom Atrium. Projects ranged from the design of a new museum for the Denver Police Department to a solar powered boat. Teams presented to a panel of eight industry judges, competing for cash prizes.
The overall winner of the event was Hand Gesture Recognition in Real-time via 3-D Printed Capacitive Wristband from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Departmental winners included:
- Civil Engineering: Regional Rail Partners North Metro Rail Line
- Computer Science: IRoniC/OpenPointMesh
- Electrical Engineering: Wireless Natural Gas Well Control
- Mechanical Engineering: COR-Rex
- Multidisciplinary: Solar Simulator
The event also hosted a group of 60 eighth grade students from Clyde Miller K-8 in Aurora. The students spent an hour meeting with the teams, asking questions about each project, and working on a scavenger hunt.
The Senior Design event is made possible each semester by donors Donald and Karen White.
Annie Bennett, program assistant for the Department of Electrical Engineering, has been named the 2016 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 13.
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.
On Friday, April 8, the Department of Bioengineering hosted their spring Open House from 3-6 pm. Nearly 100 people from the community attended, including prospective undergraduate and graduate students, parents, and high school counselors/advisors. The Open House was held in the new Bioscience 2 building on the Anschutz Medical Campus and was laid out to show off the new space and state-of-the-art laboratories.
Attendees walked through the Research Showcase, which featured bioengineering faculty and students from their labs, and the Undergraduate Showcase, which featured undergraduate class projects, the “Ask an Undergrad” table, and 3D bioprinters. There were also scheduled prospective student informational sessions throughout the evening, as well as a prospective student Q & A and a department welcome given by Dr. Kendall Hunter.
The fourth annual College of Engineering and Applied Science Year-End Celebration took place on Friday, May 15, at Ninth Street Park on the Auraria Campus. Nearly 200 people from the college community attended the event and enjoyed delicious food, a photobooth, badminton, a visit from Milo the Lynx, and a lively awards ceremony. Check out the slideshow below, and mark your calendars for May 13, 2016 for next year’s Celebration.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jesse Hanson (email@example.com).