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Congratulations Alaa Ahmed, new Associate Dean of Graduate Education

May 18, 2024

Keith Molenaar, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science recently announced leadership updates that included, Alaa Ahmed as the new Associate Dean of Graduate Education. Faculty members who have accepted new leadership roles in the college will start July 1.

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Two graduate students earn major National Science Foundation honors

May 15, 2024

The National Science Foundation has bestowed two prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards to University of Colorado Boulder biomedical engineering students. The national awards recognize and support outstanding grad students from across the country in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees...

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Wyatt Shields selected as Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

May 10, 2024

Wyatt Shields has been honored with a 2024 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award for his contributions to teaching and research on medical microrobots, self-propelled miniature robots that one day might deliver prescription drugs to hard-to-reach places inside the human body. Eighteen Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars were selected for 2024, and each awardee will receive an unrestricted grant of $100,000. "I am honored to join an impressive community of scholars who are committed to research excellence and teaching at the highest levels, reflecting the core values we share at CU Boulder,” said Shields, a Biomedical Engineering faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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The science of sled hockey: Team USA partners with CU Boulder physiologists

May 6, 2024

In the world of sled hockey, the stick is everything. Players have two sticks, each equipped with a blade on one end and a stainless steel pick on the other that they drive into the ice to propel their sled at dizzying speeds up to 20 mph across the ice. Since the sport’s inception in the 1960s as a way for athletes with lower limb amputations or impairments to play ice hockey, players have debated how long those sticks should be. A new CU Boulder study seeks to find out. Sixteen members of the team recently visited CU Boulder for what Alena Grabowski, BME faculty member, hopes will be the first in a series of studies aimed at helping sled hockey players improve their performance and minimize injury.

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Four biomedical engineering students win Outstanding Undergraduate Awards from the college

May 3, 2024

Each semester, the College of Engineering and Applied Science recognizes graduating students with awards in eight categories that reflect the values of the college community. Students may be nominated by faculty, staff or their peers. Congratulations to all of our award winners, who will be celebrated at our recognition ceremony...

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Senior Design Expo 2024

April 30, 2024

Team Hydration - BME Senior Design Award Winner. Members include: Sam Slatcher, Jake McIntyre, Paige Casey, Keri Spitler, Ellie Goldman and Josh Jenkins This year, 13 Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program senior design teams joined the College of Engineering & Applied Science Senior Expo to showcase their projects, a culmination of...


Robots can’t outrun animals (yet). A new study explores why

April 29, 2024

The question may be the 21st century’s version of the fable of the tortoise and the hare: Who would win in a foot race between a robot and an animal? In a new perspective article, a team of engineers from the United States and Canada, including CU Boulder roboticist and BME faculty member Kaushik Jayaram, set out to answer that riddle. The group analyzed data from dozens of studies and came to a resounding “no.” In almost all cases, biological organisms, such as cheetahs, cockroaches and even humans, seem to be able to outrun their robot counterparts.

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Why do we move slower the older we get? New study delivers answers

April 23, 2024

The research is one of the first studies to experimentally tease apart the competing reasons why people over age 65 might not be as quick on their feet as they used to be. The group reported that older adults may move slower, at least in part, because it costs them more energy than younger people—perhaps not too shocking for anyone who’s woken up tired the morning after an active day. The findings could one day give doctors new tools for diagnosing a range of illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and even depression and schizophrenia, said study co-author Alaa Ahmed, BME faculty member.

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Congratulations to our 2024 BME Program graduating student award winners!

April 17, 2024

Several students from the Biomedical Engineering Program have earned 2024 Graduating Student Awards from the College of Engineering and Applied Science and from the Program. These honors are awarded to students who are nominated by faculty, staff or fellow students for their outstanding contributions and achievements to the program, the...

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CU Boulder leads the charge toward gender parity in engineering

April 11, 2024

CU Boulder's journey towards gender parity in engineering is a clear signal that diversity in STEM is achievable. In just two decades, CEAS has transformed its engineering landscape, growing its female undergraduate class from 18% in 2003 to 30% in 2023.