Chris is a sophomore student in the program. Often caught fantasizing about the careers he wants to have in the future, he has always had a keen eye for his future. He has pursued leadership within the department, sitting on both the undergraduate committee and the student advisory council. In the times where he is not doing classwork or thinking about the classwork he should be doing, Chris is usually headed to rugby practice, playing League of Legends or keeping his residents in line as an RA.
October 2014 – Kenny Shellnut
Kenny is a senior in the program. Being an engineer has been a passion of his ever since he was very little and is very thankful for the ME department here at CU Boulder. He has had the opportunity to work with Professor Knutsen over the past couple of semesters as a TA and is currently helping out in Computational Methods. When Kenny is not debugging Matlab code, he enjoys the outdoors. His hobbies include snowboarding, skateboarding and skydiving.
September 2014 – Rena Yang
Rena is a lively and impassioned senior in Mechanical Engineering with a biomedical focus. She loves to fill her summers with ways to improve the community like volunteering at Panama where she built latrines to help impoverished villages, conducting research on microbubbles in Mark Borden's lab and interning at Seagate in Longmont. During her limited free time, she is involved outside of academics including tutoring in the BOLD Center, being a senior officer in the CU Boulder chapter of ASME.
August 2014 – Aly Badran
Originally from Egypt, Aly transferred from the American University Cairo to CU Boulder in 2013. He spent the summer working with the Aerospace Photonics Lab and with the MAST Project, and is planning to pursue a career in academia after he graduates next May.
July 2014 – Connor Wirth-Murray
Connor Wirth-Murray hails from the metropolis of La Vista, Nebraska. He is an incoming senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering while jointly completing a Minor in Germanic Studies and has been a Resident Adviser in the Engineering Quad for the past two years. This summer, he is participating in a research project with the Institute of Reactive Flows and Diagnostics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. After graduation, Connor intends to work in aeronautics.
June 2014 –Camila Camargo
Camila Camargo grew up half her life in Brazil and the other half in Bolivia. Since in Bolivia there were not a lot of opportunities in engineering she decided to move to Colorado for her undergrad in Mechanical Engineering. As a junior, Camila was been given the opportunity to be a Teacher Assistant for Professor Jeffrey Knutsen. Whenever she is not studying she enjoys listing to music, watching television, and hanging out with friends.
May 2014 - Davis Haberkorn
Davis is currently a senior in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He has had the opportunity to be a Teacher’s Assistant for Component Design as well as work on a two semester independent study with Professor Ruben developing a mechanism to help children with disabilities steer a bicycle. Outside of school, he has worked on the design of a medallion-dispensing machine as part of an internship while also fly-fishing and playing guitar.
April 2014 - Whitney Setterberg
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 2014 - 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
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.
November 2014 - Jaclyn Coyle
Jaclyn is a second year graduate student from St. Louis, MO. She received her undergraduate degree in ME at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Jaclyn enjoys food, soccer, mountain biking, and food. You may know her from her critically acclaimed "Ice Cream Emails" series. She spends most of her days researching solid state electrolytes and staring at the back of Brian's head. She would like to thank Conrad, cookies and her lucky rabbit foot for this award.
Liang was born and grew up in Ningbo, a seaport city that sits in the middle of the winding coastline of China. Liang has a very diverse education background in engineering. His undergraduate major was in Chemical Engineering in China. In 2009, he was enrolled in Civil Engineering at the University of Louisiana as a Master student studying chemical treatment of highway run off. A year later he transferred to the Mechanical Engineering department at CU Boulder in pursuit of his PhD degree.
September 2014 – Jaime Kelleher
Jaime is a second year master's student in the design track. Before coming to CU, Jaime completed her B.S. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Materials Science and Engineering with minors in German and International Engineering. Jaime hopes to combine her materials mechanical engineering knowledge to work as a design engineer in the bicycle industry.
July 2014 –Carlye Lauff
Carlye is a 1st year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Design. This year she has worked as a graduate research assistant on the NSF-funded project entitled “Cognitive Ethnographies of Engineering Design.” Studying how design is constructed in different environments to better understand what is needed to ensure successful design projects. . In her free time, she enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new places all over the world.
June 2014 - Qian Li
During his time at CU Qian worked with Prof. Ronggui Yang on phase change heat transfer enhancement on copper nanowire structured surfaces. Enhancing the heat transfer performance of pool boiling, condensation, and evaporation with copper nanowires and to studding the mechanisms behind the enhancement was the goal of their research. Outside of the lab Quian enjoys exploring the National Parks, playing badminton, and skiing.
May 2014 - Jeff McLeod
Jeff is a second year Masters student studying air quality and climate change impacts of natural gas production and use, through energy system modeling. By the time your read this, he will have hopefully successfully defended his master's thesis and fulfilled the requirements for graduation from CU. He grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania, an in high school started finding interesting ways of climbing buildings around his small town.
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 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.
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.
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.
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