Yakacki and team receives Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative funding

left to right: Yakacki, Carpenter, Jenkins; not pictured: Yu, Poddar

Christopher Yakacki, associate professor of mechanical engineering, along with mechanical engineering associate professor Dana Carpenter, professor Peter Jenkins, assistant professor Kai Yu, and Dr. Sourav Poddar from CU sports medicine, are leading one of seven research projects selected for funding by the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative’s grant program for the 2019-20 year.

Their project, Head Trauma: Designing Safer Helmets Using Advanced Materials and Modeling, seeks to leverage this state-of-the-art technology and create new models to improve football helmet safety using a recently developed high-performance polymer called liquid-crystal elastomers (LCEs). The goal is to lower the severity of impacts and reduce the prevalence of concussions in the sport.

Congratulations!

Read the Pac-12 press release.

Rens selected as a Chancellor’s Engaged Scholar

UCD KLR Jeep1RensKevin Rens, professor and chair of civil engineering, has been selected as one of the first ever CU Denver Chancellor’s Engaged Scholars. This award and recognition is well deserved and is a great acknowledgement of Rens’ fantastic work with the City and County of Denver over the last 20 years – and the great work he will do over the next 20!

This award does not come without some obligations. Rens will spend time sharing stories of his work with fellow educators and industry in the city around us.

Congratulations, Kevin!

Kim receives research award from American Concrete Institute

ACI_QC_1_PJimmy Kim, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, received the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research in the spring convention of the American Concrete Institute held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. This prestigious award is given to the author or authors of a peer-reviewed paper published by the Institute that describes a notable achievement in experimental or analytical research that advances the theory or practice of structural engineering and, most importantly, recommends how the research can be applied to design. The award need not be presented each year.

Kim’s research interests encompass advanced composite materials for rehabilitation, structural informatics, complex systems, and science-based structural engineering, including statistical, interfacial, and quantum physics. He is Chair of a national technical committee and participates in developing several design specifications and guidelines to transfer research into practice. Kim, President of the Bridge Engineering Institute, is an elected Fellow of American Concrete Institute and elected Council Member of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC), and serves as an Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member for international journals.

 

Marshall, Henao’s ride-share research finds a reduction in parking demand

Civil engineering associate professor Wes Marshall and PhD graduate Alejandro Henao have found that cities are seeing a reduction in parking demand as a result of more people using ride-share services like Lyft and Uber. This research was featured in CU Denver Today and in the Denver Post.

Read more in CU Denver Today.
Read the story in the Denver Post.

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Clevenger weighs in on construction timeline for President Trump’s proposed wall

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Associate Professor Caroline Clevenger

A recent story posted by CNBC turns to experts for their insight about the proposed construction timeline for President Trump’s proposed controversial border wall. Civil engineering associate professor Caroline Clevenger was one of those experts, citing not just the timeline but the logistics of getting materials and labor in place to actually construct the wall.

Read the CNBC story here.