Student News and Events

Award Description: The ME Undergraduate Student of the Month Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate leaders who excel in the areas of service, academia, and/or research.  Nominations are submitted by the department's faculty members, with winners selected by the ME Undergraduate Committee.


Award Description: Kenneth Johnsen, a former graduate student in the department was called by others “the quintessential grad student. He was smart, respectful, adventurous, hard working, funny, easy to get along with, scholarly, and had a passion for learning.” While pursuing his graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering, Ken was diagnosed with cancer, and eventually succumbed to his illness. This award was established to honor Kenneth's memory.

It is in the spirit of the above description of Kenneth that the graduate committee solicits nominations for the Kenneth Johnsen Student of the Month Award from the faculty. Faculty members are encouraged to nominate students who embody the qualities which Ken exemplified so well.

Once a student is chosen for the award, a poster with their photo and bio is displayed in the department for that month. In addition, both the photo and bio are posted on our website, featured in the ME Times online newsletter, and sent to the faculty, staff and grad students in an e-mail. At the Graduate Engineering Annual Recruiting and Research Symposium banquet in March these students are recognized with a certificate and a small scholarship.

Undergraduate News

Department Awards for 2014 


Outstanding Graduate of the Department - Derek Lattimore 


Outstanding Graduate for Academics - Carly Barnard 


Outstanding Graduate for Research - Jason Brownstein 


Outstanding Graduate for International Engagement - Millie Backstun


Distinguished Senior Award - Ben Noe 


Service Awards - Stanley Chen, Emma Kinzie, Jacob Winey, Ben Noe, Khoa Vu, Carly Barnard, Lindsey Hubbard, Martin Sotola, Whitney Setterberg



Chip Bollendonk– 2014 Forever Buff Student Award Award Winner:

Mechanical Engineering student Chip Bollendonk is awarded the Forever Buff Student Award for demonstrating the Forever Buffs tenets of engaging, contributing and celebrating his CU pride through extraordinary service to the university.Chip is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in leadership at CU-Boulder. He hopes to gain understanding about the physical world in order to create advanced technologies and products. He has served as a student ambassador and a research assistant at CU-Boulder and as an intern at the Sierra Nevada Corporation.  He is a Boettcher Scholar and is an advisory council member for the Boettcher Scholar Program.



Graduate News

Quickjump Motercycle Campaign 

Graduate James Kohnen, undergraduate Graham Risch, and graduate Michael Stevenson are embarking on a seven-month motorcycle trip from Amsterdam to Indonesia in May to showcase the QUICKjump free fall device created by Head Rush Technologies. The purpose of the trip is to bring brand awareness to this revolutionary free fall device that allows the user to jump from a platform up to 70 feet tall and experience 12 feet of true free fall before being safely lowered to the ground. Watch the Video

​Dec 12, 2012

Success in Fort Collins business competition!

The CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises challenge is a business plan competition with two tracks. The Collegiate track which had a grand prize of $20,000 and the Enterprise track, with a grand prize of $250,000. There were over 120 applicants to the Collegiate track. The competition was open to all student teams, including teams from out-of-state universities, but only 16 of the teams made it into the semifinals on Friday, May 2 were from Colorado.


The CU Mechanical Engineering team consisted of Robert Altman (mechanical engineering senior), KatieRae Williamson (areospace alumni),and Mieszko Salamon (Mechanical engineering MS/BS student). The team's business mentor was Malcolm Young who is also a CU Areospace alumni as well as an alumni of the CU MBA program. Finally, Professor Pellegrino was the adviser for the team. It was his business idea which was pitched, and he proved to be an invaluable resource for the team overall. View their pitch video to the right. 


Pitch Video
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education

Janet Tsai has been awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in STEM Education for her proposal on "Do I Belong Here? Uncovering Power Dynamics Among Students and Teachers in Sophomore Engineering Gateway Courses." As a Chancellor¹s Scholar, she is required to contribute to the STEM community by participating in both the Discipline Based Education Research meetings and the annual STEM Education symposium.

2014 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship ​

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.



Luke Engvall

Louis Dankovich


Honorable mentions:

Tim Morrissey

Micah Prendergrast

April 2014- Janet Tsai

Janet Tsai has won the PEO(Philanthropic Educational Organization) Scholar Award. P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a philanthropic organization founded in 1869 to celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. Janet has been awarded a $15,000 fellowship and is advised by Daria Kotys-Schwartz. Read More...

April 2014- Eco Marathon

This year, two student competition teams were part of the 2013-2014 Senior Design course – Eco-marathon 1 (the Gasoline Prototype) and Eco-marathon 2 (the Alternative Fuel Prototype). The teams were advised by Marcelo Berquist and Greg Potts. The goal of the Eco-marathon competition is to develop and fabricate a vehicle that can go the furthest distance on a single gallon of gas. Many of you have seen the Eco-marathon 1 vehicles in photos the last few years. However, Eco-marathon 2 is a newly fabricated, ultra low cost vehicles. We are proud to announce that Eco-marathon 2 (the Alternative Fuel Prototype) won first place in their class this year, achieving 1771 mpg. The Eco-marathon 1 (the Gasoline Prototype) took 8th place in their class with 1364 mpg. If you have any of the following students in your class, we encourage you to congratulate them:


Eco-marathon 1 (the Gasoline Prototype): Jeffrey Carlson, Philip Latiff, Yvonne (Bonnie) Pav, Eric Phaneuf, Adam Russell and Mieszko Salamon


Eco-marathon 2 (the Alternative Fuel Prototype): Franklin Chiu, Jack Evanyo, Zack Golden, Alex Klump, Cameron Misegadis, Kyle Thatcher

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