Yakacki’s tech startup wins big at NFL 1st and Future competition

Associate Professor Chris Yakacki, far right, receives a $50,000 check for winning the technology category in the NFL’s ‘1st and Future’ competition. Pictured from far left are Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback; Carl Frick, Yakacki’s co-founder of Impressio; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; Chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports Mark Lazarus; President and CEO of the Mayo Clinic John Noseworthy; and Yakacki.

Chris Yakacki, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and his tech startup company Impressio, Inc. won the Advancements for Protective Equipment category at the NFL’s “1st and Future” competition last Saturday for inventing a liquid-crystal foam technology to improve the safety of football helmets. The advanced material is better than legacy materials at absorbing forces of impact that can cause concussions and brain damage, a major issue for the league. He and his colleague Carl Frick, University of Wyoming, won $50,000 to support their research and tickets to the Super Bowl.

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Golkowski discusses the science of sparking veggies with NPR

Golkowski (9-12)-WEBMark Golkowski, associate professor of electrical engineering, recently spoke with NPR about why veggies sometimes spark while being cooked in the microwave.

According to Golkowski, “The sparking happens because of a local field enhancement. A very specific kind of geometry leads to this effect, so you could have one set of beans that does it and one that doesn’t.”

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CU Denver students help flood-damaged bridges

Along Cherry Creek, there are 22 foot bridges, many of which were damaged by high waters from last week’s flood. CU Denver engineering students are helping the city inspect the bridges for any structural damage, by doing hands-on exams. “We don’t always get a chance to get out of the classroom,” said Eric Petrie, a junior. “This allows us to get real experience working with professionals and it looks good on our resumes when it comes time to looking for a job.”


In the News: Indrani Pal – Why Is The Weather So Weird Lately?

Call it weird, call it extreme, maybe even call it the new normal. Wild weather in the United States in the past decade has amassed a long list of toppled records and financial disasters.

Indrani Pal, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, discussed with LiveScience findings that were published on July 19 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

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