Three engineering students receive UROP mini grants

This fall, the Office of Undergraduate Experiences offered a second 2016 round of Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grants.  UROP is a competitive program designed to financially support undergraduate research, most broadly understood as including all creative and other scholarly activities.  The goal of UROP is to provide an opportunity to extend learning outside the traditional classroom, laboratory, or studio.

Three students from the college received one of these mini grants. Congratulations to Aimee Lam, bioengineering; Jackson Osborn, electrical engineering; and Adam Rauff, bioengineering.

Banaei-Kashani receives GAANN award

Farnoush Banaei-Kashani, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has received a three-year GAANN (Graduate Assistant in Farnoush Banaei-KashaniAreas of National Need) award from U.S. Department of Education to establish an interdisciplinary doctorate fellowship program on the topic of “Big Data Science and Engineering.” The fellowship program will aim to recruit, retain, and train five doctorate fellows on the topic of Big Data Science and Engineering, while founding an education and research program at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering on the same topic in collaboration with a number of other schools and departments across University of Colorado Denver. The fellows will be enrolled in the Computer Science and Information Systems doctorate program and will engage in interdisciplinary research.
Banaei-Kashani is actively recruiting students for the spring 2016 term. Please contact him at for additional information.

Schafer receives 2015 American Heart Association Early Career Investigator Travel Award

Featured imageMichal Schafer, a graduate student in Dr. Hunter’s Lab, received 2015 American Heart Association Early Career Investigator Travel Award for upcoming Scientific Session in Orlando, FL. The award was given by Council on Cardiovascular Radiology & Intervention and comes with $1,500 travel stipend. Michal and Dr. Hunter will be giving an oral presentation on the topic of vascular hemodynamics in type 1 diabetes as part of Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture Session. Additionally they will present 3 poster presentations on topics of cardiovascular hemodynamics in adult and pediatric pulmonary hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Michal and Dr. Hunter closely co-operate with Dr. Truong (Children’s Hospital), Dr. Fenster (National Jewish Health), and Dr. Jazaeri (University of Colorado Hospital).

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.