Fall, 2013 - The Department of Mechanical Engineering is poised to benefit greatly from an exciting renovation at the University of Colorado Boulder that will create a unique space dedicated to student invention and design. The university plans to repurpose approximately 22,000 square feet of the former law library in the Fleming building to create the Idea Forge, envisioned as a flexible, cross-disciplinary collaborative space where students can imagine, design, create, and test products and solutions to meet a range of societal and customer needs. Approximately 50 percent of this new facility will be dedicated to our department, which welcomes the added space as we continue to break student enrollment records and grow in our faculty numbers and funding... Read More
The awards program was started in 2005 to annually recognize extraordinary performance by Mechanical Engineering faculty in the previous year. Selections are based on ratings from the annual performance evaluation process. The Woodward award recognizes outstanding performance across the three areas of faculty responsibility: research, teaching, and service.
Outstanding Researcher: Mark Borden, Ronggui Yang
Outstanding Undergraduate Educator: Jeff Knutsen
Outstanding Graduate Educator: Peter Hamlington
Outstanding Service: Daria Kotys-Schwartz
Woodward Outstanding Faculty Award: Daven Henze
Mark Borden- Oxygen Delivery
January 2014- Professor Mark Borden of Mechanical Engineering and his collaborator Ben Terry (CU-Boulder Mechanical Engineering, class of 2011), now an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska, have invented a novel way to oxygenate hypoxemic patients who cannot breath. Their method is to pump oxygen microbubbles into the peritoneal cavity to deliver oxygen and remove carbon dioxide. “The system is analogous to an umbilical cord: it delivers to the abdomen life-sustaining oxygen, where it can be transported by the patient’s circulatory system to the brain and other vital organs. The microbubbles also absorb and remove unwanted carbon dioxide from the patient. Our preliminary studies show that the technology will provide oxygen and allow time for the patient’s lung injury to heal. This is a major advance over our prior method of introducing oxygen microbubbles directly into the bloodstream. It is much safer and simpler to implement, giving it a more straightforward pathway for clinical translation.” The oxygen microbubbles were designed by Borden to have the properties of the lung alveoli, with a nanoscale lipid layer that provides mechanical stability to support a large, permeable surface for enhanced gas exchange. In their landmark study, now published in the prestigious journal Biomaterials, they showed safety and efficacy of the approach in a preclinical trial for severe lung injury. “We are currently doing preclinical trials to test safety and efficacy for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome,” says Borden. “Our next step will be to translate this technology to the clinic.”
Yifu Ding- Morphing Metal–Polymer Janus Particles
January 2014 - Shape-memory polymers have the unique ability to memorize and recover their permanent shapes after being programmed to hold high strain levels up to a few hundred percent. Although studies have traditionally focused on utilizing shape-memory effects for macroscale applications, such as surgical stents and sutures, as well as temperature sensors, recent work has highlighted the potential of polymers to memorize and recover sub-micrometer surface patterns.However, polymeric micro- and nanoparticles, ranging from structurally homogeneous to core-shell to Janus particles, already enjoy wide interest owing to their uses in drug delivery, electronic packaging, optical biosensors, and test beds for the mechanosensitivity of cells.
November 2013 -The team led by H. Jerry Qi, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CU-Boulder, and his collaborator, CU-Boulder Mechanical Engineering Professor Martin L. Dunn, who is currently on leave at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, have developed and tested a method for 4D printing. The researchers incorporated "shape memory" polymer fibres into the composite materials used in traditional 3D printing, which resulted in the production of an object fixed in one shape that can later be changed to take on a new shape. Read more...
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Assistant Professor Peter Hamlington and Nicole Lovenduski of INSTAAR were awarded an NSF grant for $401,000 titled "Collaborative Research: Reacting Tracers in a Turbulent Mixed Layer."
Assistant Professor Daven Henze is the 2013 Junior Faculty winner of the Dean's Faculty Performance Award.
Professor Emeritus David Kassoy renewed a subcontract from the University of California, Irvine to Kassoy Innovative Science Solutions, LLC, for "Reduced Basis and Stochastic Modeling of a Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine as a Complex System" under a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Additionally, Kassoy's paper on non-diffusive ignition of a gaseous reactive mixture will be published inCombustion Theory and Modeling.
Instructor Jeff Knutsen received the Marinus Smith Recognition Award, recognizing faculty and staff who have had a significant impact on CU-Boulder's undergraduate population.
Professor Emeritus Frank Kreith published "Sustainable Energy Systems" in August, which will be used in ProfessorJana Milford's Sustainable Energy course this fall. Kreith also received a grant from the Retired Faculty Association to study the symbiotic relation between fracking and renewable energy.
Professor Y.C. Lee received the InterPACK Achievement Award, the highest honor in the ASME Packaging Community.
Professor Shelly Miller published two papers on ultraviolet germicidal irradiation in the July and August editions of Photochemistry and Photobiology.
Professor Rishi Raj received a three-year, $480,000 award from the Nuclear Energy University Program via the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for "Advanced Accident-tolerant Ceramic Coatings for 2r-alloy Cladding: The C 3 Project."
Senior Instructor Derek Reamon received the student-nominated John & Mercedes Peebles Innovation in Education Award.
Assistant Professor Greg Rieker received $310,000 in NSF funding for a project with the Colorado School of Mines aimed at understanding early-stage chemical decomposition of coal char in entrained-flow gasifiers, an important technology for cleaner utilization of abundant coal resources.
Assistant Professor Mark Rentschler, with co-PIs Daria Kotys-Schwartz and Kevin O'Connor (Colorado School of Mines), received an NSF award to understand the design practices of the contemporary engineering workplace and organization of design process. Also recieved the 2013 CEAS Charles A. Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award.
Associate professors Wei Tanand Stephanie Bryant received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from NIH/NHLBI to develop a biomaterial platform that can precisely define the physical, chemical, structural and biological microenvironments for mesenchymal stem cells, which may lead to highly efficacious vascular therapy.
June 2013 - Although Dr. Ronggui Yang's research on nanoscale transport phenomena focuses on a physically small space, the applications are wide-ranging — from increasing efficiency of automotives and solar-thermal utilization to thermal management of electronic devices to electrochemical energy storage for mobile systems. Read more....
May 2, 2013 - A paper entitled "Digital cameras with designs inspired by the arthropod eye" written by Jianliang Xiao and his colleagues was published in the journal Nature and has received international attention. Traditionally, camera lenses with wide fields of view, such as fisheye lenses, create distortion around the edge of the image. But that could change. By imitating the functionality of an insect eye, Xiao and his colleagues were able to create an electronic detector that can be curved into the same hemispherical shape as a digital camera lens thereby eliminating distortion. Read More...
April, 2013 - Learn about Mark Borden's Research on the fundamentals and applications of Emulsions, Bubbles & Foam.
January, 2013 - A paper entitled “NASA Ozone Study May Benefit Air Standards, Climate” by Asst. Prof. Daven Henze was published in Science Daily and featured on the local Denver radio station KGNU’s Science Show. The study looks at how location matters in combating global warming caused by emissions of ozone-forming chemicals.