Whitney is a senior working towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering, emphasis in biomedical engineering and a minor in Biochemistry. She currently works as Tech Staff in the ITLL, is part of the DLA program working in the Stansbury-Bowman Research Group, and is a student-mentor for Component Design. She was selected in recognition of her efforts to improve the quality of undergraduate education in the department, both through and beyond her involvement in the SAC.
March 2013 - Connor Weisse
I am a junior in the department. When I am on campus you can find me working with ASME to set up student events or in the CAD lab helping students with solid works. When I’m off campus you will find me playing one of my guitars or behind my work bench. I am an avid wood and metal worker and am constantly looking to grow in both practices.
February 2014 - Stephen Wong
Stephen Wong is a current senior in the BS/MS program, with a research interest in biomedical robotic systems. He was nominated by Professor Jeffrey Knutsen in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the department as both a student and a teaching assistant. His hobbies include loitering in the ME Department and rushing to the aid of students in need of thermodynamics.
January 2014 – Mackenzie Belden
Mackenzie Belden is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. She is active in the Biomedical Engineering Society and is the newest student member of the ME Undergraduate Committee.
December 2013 - Tim Cureton
Tim Cureton is a senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering's BS/MS program, having previously earned a degree in Business Finance from the University of San Diego. He was nominated by Professor Shalom Ruben in recognition of his contributions to the program as both a student and a teaching assistant.
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.
April 2014 - Zheng Zhang
Zheng was born and raised in Chongqing, the City of Mountains that sits along the loveliest stretch of all Yangtze River. He chose to seek his doctorate diploma by studying demonic dark art that had overrun feeble humans since 1543, an art form known only as Science. Empowered by this magic, he had managed to resist the urge of partaking in mountain/ sports for four years, despite times when all his peers inevitably tell under the very compelling Curse of Boulder and involuntarily disappeared.
March 2014- Jason Brownstein
I am currently working with an interactive sculpture artist Jen Lewin. I am responsible for deriving unique solutions to make her vision a reality. Our largest sculpture is called The Pool. This sculpture consists of 106 three foot diameter rotationally molded pads. Each pad is lit from the inside with 156 LED RGB pixels. When the Pool is on, the LEADs create a colorful oasis in any environment. Outside fo the lab, work and the engineering whirlwind, I enjoy outdoor activities.
February 2014 - Narasimha Boddeti
I am Narasimha, inhabitant of the Mechanical Engineering department for the past 4.5+ years dwelling on how graphene sticks to things at micro/nano scale. I am originally native to the eastern coast of southern India and moved to the USA in pursuit academic greenery.
January 2014 - Berkeley Almand
Berkeley Almand is a fourth-year PhD student who is currently working on developing inexpensive flux chambers to measure gas-phase dry deposition. Dry deposition occurs when gases or particles are deposited onto a surface in the absence of precipitation. In addition to working on her flux chambers, Berkeley spent a year of her PhD as a GK fellow.
December 2013 - Azadeh Mohammadian
Azadeh was born in Tehran, Iran. She pursued her undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering, prior to attending the AmirKabir University of Technology for graduate school. Upon admission to the graduate program, she took a position with Monenco Iran Consultant Company. She also enjoys swimming and dancing.
November 2013 - Madie Kern
Madie is currently in her second year of the PhD program at CU and is working for Dr. Mark Rentschler in his Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory. She is interested in characterizing the adhesive forces between the micropatterned PDMS trends on the robot and the inner lumen of the bowel tissue.
Eric Kramer - October 2013
Eric is starting his first year as a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Eric works in Dr. Mark Rentschler's Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory. His research emphasis is thermomechanical tissue manipulation, otherwise known as tissue fusion.
September 2013 - Brandi Briggs
Brandi is a PhD student in Dr. Virginia Ferguson's group. Her research focuses on the role of the cervix and placental membranes throughout pregnancy, with the goal of better understanding how the failure mechanisms of these tissues cause preterm birth.
Summer 2013 - Paul Mountford
A second year PhD student, Paul is working with phase-change theranostic agents for medical imaging and targeted drug delivery under Professor Mark Borden. Being from Colorado, he is fond of many outdoor activities: skiing, climbing, biking, hiking and hunting.
May 2013 - Ilya Lisenker
After graduating from the University of Dayton, Ilya decided to come to CU with the promise of an MS with a concentration in Energy and Environment and of the Colorado outdoors. Currently, he does research at Dr. Rishi Raj's lab, making the hottest ceramics on the planet.
April 2013 - Jacob Segil
After graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana with a B.S. in ME, Jacob decided to further his education by studying the greatest machine of them all: the human body! Now Jacob is developing a new brain machine interface which allows for more dexterous control of prosthetic hands using myoelectroic signals.
March 2013 - Nick Clements
After completing his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nick decided he'd stay for a Masters and a PhD. Nick's research focuses on the composition and health effects of an atmospheric pollutant called coarse particulate matter, or PM10-2.5.
December 2012 - Justin Whitely
Justin is a first year PhD student with an emphasis in materials. In June of 2012, he joined Dr. Sehee Lee's group working on solid-state lithium ion batteries. To date, his work has mainly focused on studying the characteristics of an advanced silicon alloy as an anode.
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 MonthAward 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.
Nick Clements grew up in Boise, Idaho eating potatoes and tipping cows. After none of his made it big in high school, he packed up and headed east to the University of Colorado at Boulder for hi undergraduate studies. As a junior, Nick was given the opportunity to help conduct research with Professor Shelly Miller assessing the effectiveness of three UV lamps in disinfecting airborne bacteria.
Mingjie's research focuses on the field measurement of atmopheric pollutants, including particles with a diameter smaller than 2.5 um and carbonaceous pollutants in both the gas and particle phase. The compositional data of ambient particles has been used to understand their sources and source contributions. Collaborators of Mingjie's group at Colorado State University and University of Washington are doing epidemiological studies.
Department Awards for December 2013
Outstanding Graduate for Service - Byron Rudisill
Outstanding Graduate for International Engagement - Alia Ghandour
Outstanding Graduate for Research - Gregory Miller
Outstanding Graduate of the Department - Nicholas Masson
Department Awards for May 2013
Outstanding Graduate for Academics – Charles Wheeler
Outstanding Graduate for Academics – Kelsi Middleton (CMU)
Outstanding Graduate for Service – Stanley Chen
Outstanding Graduate for Service – Shweta Maurya
Outstanding Graduate for Research – Oluwaseun Oyatogun
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.
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...