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.
On April 6 – April 8, the CU Denver ASCE Student Chapter competed in the Rocky Mountain Student Conference hosted by the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This annual competition brings together civil engineering programs from 14 institutions across the intermountain West.
- Concrete canoe: Despite suffering a crack in transit from Denver to Salt Lake, the concrete canoe team passed their submergence test and successfully competed in numerous races. Our 2016/2017 concrete canoe team included Wesley Engel (captain), Ahmed Aljamal, Mustafa Alogaili, Kahlil Elarier, Stephanie Espinoza, Miranda Mooney, Phil Taylor, and Nathan Werner.
- Steel bridge: After a final practice assembly on the green between the North Classroom and Science buildings, our steel bridge team passed their horizontal deflection test and earned 3rd place in Steel Bridge Display. Our 2016/2017 steel bridge team included Aaron Blahut (captain), Erik Causey, Ben Johnk, Xavier Montoya, Jackson Pedziwiatr, Stephen Sowal, and Dahria Uwamahoro (who also rowed for the concrete canoe team).
Both teams vanquished their cousins from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Congratulations to our ASCE students!
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.
Stephanie Espinoza is a senior in civil engineering and an Army veteran. Through the university’s Boots to Suits professional development program, she was matched with mentor Bob Armstrong, an Air Force veteran and vice president of the global water resources engineering firm MWH now part of Stantec. They meet regularly, and Armstrong work in wastewater piqued Espinoza’s interest.
Mark Golkowski, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Wesley Marshall, associate professor of civil engineering, have both been named the CU Denver faculty award winners for teaching and research, respectively. This is the first time in recent history college faculty have received both campus-wide awards. They’ll receive their awards at a luncheon on September 21.
For a list of all the award winners, read the Provost’s Post.
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!
New building on Fitzsimons campus will house CU bioengineering students
The University of Colorado Denver and the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority are ready to begin construction on the 578-acre health campus’ second medical research incubator building, Bioscience 2.
“This is our first, real collaboration with CU,” said Steve VanNurden, president and CEO of the FRA, which was formed in 1996. “We meet every week to work on the design and final details. This project has been in the works for six or seven years.”
Crews are working on the 112,000-square-foot Bioscience 2 building at East Montview Boulevard and North Troy Street after the groundbreaking Wednesday.
The weather was hot, the music was loud, the food was good, and on August 22, students from the 2012/13 and the 2013/14 Lynx Motorsports baja racing teams represented the college at the second annual CU Denver Block Party. They drove the car over from the Hub and showed video from the SAE baja race in Rochester. Milo the Lynx stopped by and posed for a photo in the car, and students, faculty and people from the community stopped by to admire the students’ work and ask questions about the program. The Office of Events and Outreach estimates nearly 1,000 people attended the event, and we’re looking forward to next year’s party!