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Mark Borden

Champagne bubbles, bubble baths, Bubble Wrap, bubblegum . . . From food and drink to soap and packaging materials, bubbles offer us a variety of benefits from enjoyment to mind-bending functionality.

Nick Anderson

With a strong academic record and two to three years’ experience working in a university research laboratory while still in high school, Nick Anderson pretty much had his pick of engineering schools.

As a graduate of Boulder High School, he was already quite familiar with CU Engineering and his winning the Boettcher Scholarship sealed the deal. The scholarship offers a full ride to attend any accredited Colorado university for four years.

Janet Tsai

As a yoga instructor, Janet Tsai teaches her students to find equilibrium by feeling it.

It’s a concept that she thinks may work for engineering students as well—and help to transform the culture of engineering so that it appeals to a broader, more diverse range of people.

Chuck Kutscher

In his 28 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, Charles Kutscher (PhD MechEngr '92) has cultivated a passion for alternative energy. His groundbreaking doctoral thesis on transpired solar collectors in collaboration with Conserval Systems, Inc. won an R&D 100 Award and a Popular Science "Best of What's New" award in 1994. Transpired air collectors are dark, perforated metal plates that are installed over a building's south-facing wall to capture the sun's heat to warm the building ventilation air.

Jana Milford

CU engineering students typically call her “professor,” but they might just as well start addressing her as “counselor.”

Ronggui Yang

Faculty expertise in micro- and nano-technologies has come together in a "perfect storm" at CU-Boulder, and the outcome promises to be anything but disastrous.

A new $3.95 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), managed by Thomas Kenny of the Microsystems Technology Office, is likely to result in significant improvement in thermal management in electronic devices, one of the critical constraints on today’s consumer and military electronic systems.

Daven Henze

When NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, launches in 2013, there will be plenty of eyes anxiously watching it from Boulder. Among its array of followers is Daven Henze, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the department's air quality group.

Henze, who joined the CU faculty two years ago, uses scientific data from orbiting satellites to maintain and improve an "adjoint" model of the Earth's atmosphere. An adjoint model is one that traces atmospheric chemicals, like ozone and other greenhouse gases, backward to their source.

Jay Price

Growing up in Michigan, Jay Price saw it happen countless times to his father, a multiple sclerosis patient who used a rolling walker to maintain his mobility.

Wanting simply to carry a cup of coffee or bowl of soup into another room, he would place the food item on the walker's accessory tray, only to have the walker get hung up on the threshold and end up spilling the hot liquid across the floor.

Mark Rentschler

The introduction of the “pill camera”—a tiny capsule containing a video-recording device that can be used to image the gastrointestinal tract—ushered in a new era in medical diagnostic procedures.

Susan Reilly

Susan Reilly (MechEngr 84) grew up in the late 1970s learning about solar energy and renewable materials from her father, an attorney and engineer. Since those early years as sustainable design became mainstream, she developed a passion for improving the environmental quality in the buildings in which we work, study, and conduct business.

Frank Kreith

Solar energy is enjoying widespread support today for the role it can play meeting our energy needs, but it hasn't always been that way. CU-Boulder Professor Emeritus Frank Kreith remembers clearly when Americans saw nuclear power as the hope of the future. With the motto "Atoms for Peace," President Dwight Eisenhower led the charge in 1953 to broadly apply nuclear power to the world's daily energy needs.

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