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Xiaobo Yin and Ronngui Yang in a lab with the film.

Chill Out! Newly engineered material can cool roofs with zero energy consumption

Feb. 9, 2017

A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial, an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature — to act as a kind of air conditioning system for structures. It has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy... Read more »
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Laser Emissions Study lands on KUNC radio

Feb. 6, 2017

Greg Rieker's Precision Laser Diagnostics lab has earned a $1.3 million grant and Northern Colorado National Public Radio affiliate KUNC has the scoop.Read more »
A state-of-the-art gimbal with a custom-built telescope and laser pitch / catch system automatically scans the field for retroreflectors, which are too small to be seen in the distance.

CU Boulder team to track methane leaks using lasers

Jan. 26, 2017

A team of researchers led by the University of Colorado Boulder has secured a $1.3 million grant from the...Read more »
Chart showing premature death avoided globally by 2050 by removal of solid cookstove use.

Targeting Cookstove Pollution Using Supercomputers and NASA Satellites

Jan. 23, 2017

New air quality research is investigating a major, but often overlooked contributor to outdoor pollution and climate: burning of solid fuel for cooking and heating. Cookstove studies typically evaluate how they contribute to indoor air quality issues in houses where solid fuel is frequently used for cooking and heating. A... Read more »
Carlye Lauff laughs during a design workshop in the Idea Forge.

Fellowship for the Win - Designing Down Under

Jan. 18, 2017

Carlye Lauff, a mechanical engineering PhD student studying design, is taking her research to the land of kangaroos and...Read more »
Franck Vernerey with a student.

Franck Vernerey Earns Prestigious Presidential Honor

Jan. 17, 2017

Mechanical engineering associate professor Franck Vernerey has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest U.S. government honor awarded to promising scientists and researchers beginning their careers. In a statement, President Barack Obama congratulated the 102 newest award recipients . “These innovators are working to... Read more »
Visual of the self healing material.

New Material Could Lead to Self-Healing 'Skin' for Soft Robots

Jan. 17, 2017

Today, we think of robots as rigid, clunky and metallic. But imagine a day in the future when robots are soft and human-like, with skin-like material covering muscles that move just like ours. That future may be closer than you realize, thanks to new joint research from University of Colorado... Read more »
Masoud Aghajani

Masoud Aghajani Awarded Research Fellowship

Jan. 10, 2017

Congratulations to CU Boulder mechanical engineering PhD student Masoud Aghajani for being awarded a 2016 Fellowship for Membrane Technology by the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and US Bureau of Reclamation! The joint AMTA-Reclamation award provides funding to graduate students researching innovations for water treatment in membrane related areas. Aghajani... Read more »
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Engineering New Solutions to Joint Damage and Osteoarthritis

Jan. 10, 2017

"We can rebuild him. We have the technology," began every episode of the television show The Six Million Dollar Man. Unfortunately, in the real world, medicine has not been able to create flawless substitutes for human body parts. The devices we have, like replacement knees and hips, are imperfect and often wear out and must be swapped out again. Associate Professor Corey Neu would like to change that, using material from...Read more »
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Mechanical Engineering Student Amped Up On Batteries

Jan. 10, 2017

An inner-tube water polo match doesn't sound like the kind of place you’d find a mechanical engineering student. This very real, but equally silly sport is a popular intramural at CU Boulder, and not just for students with light academic loads. Floating in one of the inner-tubes is Simon Hafner... Read more »

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