Team Epiphany wins Rookie, Best Design awards at NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Epiphany AwardsLast weekend, a team of mechanical engineering students traveled to Huntsville, Alabama with their senior design project to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. It’s the first time CU Denver participated in the event.

Team Epiphany—Carl Bergstrath, Kristen Bonifield, Skyler Bunce, Binh Dao, Lesley DiMarco, Derique Duran, Jason Fuqua, Jared Harper, Josh Leyendecker—designed and built a three-wheeled, two-person vehicle designed to navigate the harsh terrain found in space.

At the event, the team navigated their rover through an obstacle course. Epiphany competed against 99 teams (high school and college), and won the college-level Rookie Award and the Best Design Award.

Congratulations!!

Learn more about the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

CEAS kickball 2016-photos and recap

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!

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Year-End Celebration recap

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.

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Students Shine at Spring Senior Design

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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:

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.

Yakacki receives Graduate School Dean’s Mentoring Award

Yakacki (9-12)-WEBChris Yakacki, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as one of this year’s Graduate School Dean’s Mentoring Award recipients. This award was created by the Graduate School to recognize and honor excellence in mentoring by the graduate faculty.

The awards are based on student-submitted nomination letters. Yakacki will receive his award at the campuswide faculty awards in September.

Congratulations!

ME students compete at SpaceX Hyperloop Design Weekend; advance to testing competition

Congratulations to HyperLynx, a team of eight undergraduate mechanical engineering students! This past weekend, HyperLynx participated in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, and they are one of 22 teams (from 115) whose design prototype was selected to be tested at Elon Musk’s Hyperloop track this summer in California.

“Team Hyperlynx is one of only two teams advanced in the “wheeled vehicle” category of the competition,” says Jack Nelson, Hyperlynx team member. “We will be going head to head against “Gatorloop” from the University of Florida as our ONLY competitor in this category.  The award for winning will be cash prizes and what SpaceX has referred to as ‘The coolest trophy ever’ (seriously).”

This is an awesome accomplishment, and we can’t wait to see their work in action this summer.

Learn more about the team and the project at denverhyperlynx.com.

Lynx Motorsports FSAE receives Gene Haas Foundation grant

IMG_1035A team of mechanical engineering students received a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for support of their senior design project, Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE. The team plans to compete this June in Lincoln, NE. They were presented with a check on January 26.

The Lynx Motorsports Formula SAE Team applied for a non-profit organization grant from the Foundation and then followed up via email with information about the team and the motorsports program at CU Denver. Gene Haas is no stranger to motorsports, as the Haas F1 team is set to debut in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2016.

The team is very grateful for the support and genuine interest shown in our team by the Gene Haas Foundation, and the encouragement we received from Mark Smith, VP and GM of Moncktons Machine Tools (A Haas Automation Company), who presented the team with the check.

Haas Automation, founded in 1983, is the largest manufacturer of CNC machine tools in America, such as the Haas TM 2P housed in the 5th Street Hub. The Gene Haas foundation has awarded grants to many educational institutions, programs, and non-profit organizations over the past 17 years. The foundation is committed to the importance of U.S. manufacturing and manufacturing education.

Learn more about the team and the project at lynxmotorsports.org.