Adam Eisele , a 2009 MS graduate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering was named by President Obama as one of the 96 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Adam currently works at the EPA in Denver, Colorado. Adam was advised by Dr. Mike Hannigan during his time at CU, Boulder. Congratulations Adam!
The graduate committee is pleased to announce that PhD student Kathryn Wingate is the recipient of a $5000 ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) scholarship. Kathryn is in the final year of her PhD, working with Dr. Wei Tan in the Vascular Bioengineering Laboratory. Congratulations Kathryn, we're so proud of you!!!!!!!!
The graduate committee is pleased to announce that PhD student Levin Sliker has been named the 2012/2013 Thomas & Brenda Geers Graduate Fellowship recipient.
The Thomas & Brenda Geers Graduate Fellowship was established to honor graduate students conducting thesis work in solid and/or fluid mechanics who exhibit extraordinary capabilities and potential.
Levin is advised by Dr. Mark Rentschler. Levin’s research has focused on studying, understanding, and ultimately providing mobile robotic locomotion inside of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In this project Levin is focused on understanding the tissue and contact mechanics of the GI tract in order to provide remote-controlled locomotion of capsule-sized crawlers for onboard in vivo diagnosis and treatment. Such a system could be utilized by surgeons to locate and diagnose complications in the bowel and offer treatment options that are not currently available.
Levin’s research has focused on the study of using micro-patterned treads to maximize traction on tissue substrates while minimizing damage. This work has included designing and building two high-resolution bench-top systems to measure tread traction forces on varying substrates under a multitude of various conditions. His research outcomes have led to successful in vivo mobility for small capsular robotic endoscopes equipped with micro-patterned treads. His focus now is on studying the contact mechanics at the tread-tissue interface.
Levin is currently as NSF fellow and has published his research in three journals and has presented his work in four conference papers, with several other journal and conference papers pending. In addition, Levin regularly assists other students in the lab with their projects and mentors aspiring researchers.
Congratulations to all the nominees for this prestigious award. A huge round of applause goes out to Levin. Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishments.
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management are now offering a dual ME degree. Students must be admitted to both programs as degree seeking students. See Requirements.
Dr. Frank W. DelRio , a 2006 PhD graduate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering was named by President Obama as one of the 96 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Frank currently works as a Mechanical Engineer in the Ceramics Division, Nanomechanical Properties Group at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Frank was advised by Dr. Marty Dunn during his time at CU, Boulder. Congratulations Frank!
Joanna Gordon, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is highlighted on the College of Engineering & Applied Science website for her work in helping introduce a green energy curriculum in Haiti. Joanna works with Dr. Michael Hannigan in his Air Quality group.
Janet Tsai, a third-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering is highlighted on the College of Engineering & Applied Science website for her work in Engineering Education! Janet works with Dr. Daria Kotys-Schwartz.