Will Medlin posing on a balcony

Letter from the Chair: Spring 2022

April 13, 2022

With the spring semester ending soon, I am grateful for our students, faculty and staff who helped make our return to campus this past academic year a success. All throughout the fall and spring, we found success and fellowship in our classrooms and research labs, returning to safe and productive in-person experiences that we will never take for granted again.


High-Sensitivity Low-Energy Ion Scattering Spectrometer will be a transformative resource for materials research at CU Boulder

April 1, 2022

CU Boulder’s East Campus is now home to the High-Sensitivity Low-Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS) Spectrometer, a tool researchers from across the Rocky Mountain region will use for advanced materials characterization and analysis.

Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building shot from the air

Grad students earn David T. Spalding Graduate Teaching Fund Fellowship for going above and beyond in remote instruction and mentorship

March 14, 2022

Teaching undergraduate-level engineering courses is always a challenge. Teaching advanced concepts via remote instruction during a historic pandemic is even harder.

C. Wyatt Shields in the lab

Fighting “the bends”: Shields receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award for decompression sickness study

March 7, 2022

Assistant Professor C. Wyatt Shields IV is the recipient of a 2022 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program Award for his proposal “Mapping Immune Cell Responses to High Pressures in Decompression Illness.”

Northglenn high school students standing at the bench in the Shields Lab

Shields earns NSF CAREER Award for biomarkers research tied to high school outreach

March 1, 2022

Assistant Professor C. Wyatt Shields IV is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award for his proposal “Shape-Encoded Electrokinetic Particles for Multiplexed Biosensing.” This project seeks to develop a new method of early identification of disease biomarkers, while also facilitating outreach and education to students at Northglenn High School.

Amy Zimmerman and Sarah Smith in 1999 presenting their capstone findings

Senior capstone design course marks 25 years of real-world problem solving with industry partners

Feb. 28, 2022

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the revamped and retooled Chemical Engineering Design Project course — a class (re)designed to provide seniors with practical problem-solving experience and foster stronger ties to industry.

Engineering building

Two ChBE students earn Herbst Fellowship

Feb. 28, 2022

Six students from across the College of Engineering and Applied Science were selected as Herbst Fellows this semester, joining an elite group of scholars who embody the program’s commitment to ethical engineering study and practice.

Student artwork of planets, stars and a comet in outer space

Elementary Arts Lab teaches science concepts through creative expression

Feb. 10, 2022

Postdocs and graduate students combined art, movement, dance and science for students from the Boulder Valley School District.

Juan Manuel Restrepo-Florez

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Juan Manuel Restrepo-Flórez

Feb. 7, 2022

A Road Toward Sustainability – from Materials to Processes Speaker: Juan Manuel Restrepo-Flórez, Postdoctoral Associate University of Wisconsin-Madison Host: Will Medlin Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 2:45 p.m., JSCBB A108 Seminar Abstract Industrial processes and transportation account for more than 70% of the United States energy consumption. Finding strategies to...

Elizabeth Lee portrait

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Elizabeth Lee

Feb. 7, 2022

Computational Engineering of Materials at the Nanoscale—where “Classical” meets “Quantum” Speaker: Elizabeth Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher University of Chicago Host: Kayla Sprenger Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 2:45 p.m., JSCBB A108 Seminar Abstract Recent trends in materials have increasingly gone “nano”, transforming bulk material down to only a few hundred atoms...