Cresten Running A Race

Cresten Mansfeldt, Assistant Professor Environmental Engineering

Jan. 17, 2020

Cresten is continually occupied by understanding the interaction between humans, material transformation, and microbial processes on multiple scales (industrial, municipal, riverine). His most recent projects include modelling the community dynamics involved in wastewater microbial systems, determining the interaction of Eukaryotic microbes with trace organic contaminants in municipal waste, and tracking the influence of the treated wastewater treatment plant effluent on riverine systems.

Josh Coyler

Josh Colyer, Idea Forge Makerspace Engineer

Jan. 7, 2020

Josh has managed the Makerspace in the Idea Forge over the last five years. He studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, and has industry experience in powertrain engineering, solar PV design, structural engineering, and CNC machining. Josh has worked both in design and fabrication, and enjoys collaborating with students throughout the process of dreaming up and creating their own woodworking and soft goods projects.

Mike Hannigan

Mike Hannigan, Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Dec. 17, 2019

The primary goal of Mike's research lab is to explore the links between energy systems and air quality; his groups focuses on improving and using detective tools that find these links. His lab has collaborated on this work in Colorado, California and Ghana. He has been fortunate to combine his love for teaching with his research, developing courses like Project Based Learning in Rural High Schools and Household Energy Systems in the Global South.

Deb Prestianni

Deb Prestianni, Human Resources Manager

Nov. 8, 2019

Prior to joining CU Boulder, Deb worked as an administrative professional and supervisor in private law firms, telecommunications companies and higher education on the East Coast, where her experience in human resources began. Deb moved to Colorado in 2015 from Virginia and was previously at Colorado Law School for three years, supporting the dean and associate deans in faculty affairs, before joining the College of Engineering and Applied Science in August 2019. Deb is a strong advocate for lifelong education in all its forms, coming from a working class family. She moved to Colorado 4 years ago, and loves it much more than anywhere she has lived before on the East Coast of the US. Deb's personal interests are gardening, birdwatching, sewing/knitting, practicing French & Spanish, wine tasting & traveling.

Kyle Freeman

Kyle Freeman, Administrative Assistant and Office Coordinator

Oct. 28, 2019

Kyle Freeman joined the Engineering Management Program in 2018. Kyle handles the day-to-day operations for the EMP program, as well as being the first point of contact for the department.

Goldrick, Daniel

Dan Godrick, Instructor Engineering Plus Program

Oct. 14, 2019

Dan has been working at the University of Colorado Boulder for a little over 5 years and came to the CU Engineering school after seeing a neighbor of his build fantastic things with the resources available to students in the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory. After getting a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering here at CU, Dan heard about a job opening with the ITL Program and jumped at the opportunity. Recently Dan switched his role here at CU to become an Instructor with the Engineering Plus program, and is enjoying the new challenges that come with this role change.

Amy Moreno

Amy E. Moreno, Director of Inclusive Culture

Sept. 30, 2019

Amy came to CU Boulder nine years ago from Iowa State University. Amy is a first-generation college student and earned degrees in Animal Science, Cultural Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In 2006, Amy participated in a study abroad experience studying various aspects of biological...

Mark Rentschler and family

Mark Rentschler, Associate Professor

Sept. 16, 2019

Dr. Mark Rentschler is an Associate Professor and Sylvia Norviel Cancer Research Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His team's research in medical devices and surgical robotics is focused on improving the quality of life for patients, by enabling individualized patient care and ultimately less invasive procedures. These efforts include design of novel surgical tools and devices, characterization and modeling of how these tools and devices interact with the patient, and optimization based on these models.

Carson Bruns poses with paintings he created

Carson Bruns, Assistant Professor

Aug. 29, 2019

A creator of color-changing tattoo inks and shape-shifting molecular machines, chemist/artist Carson Bruns uses nanoscience to invent new materials and technologies. He has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including the celebrated book The Nature of the Mechanical Bond: From Molecules to Machines, with Nobel Laureate J. Fraser Stoddart. Dr. Bruns is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering with the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he directs the Emergent Nanomaterials Lab.

Gabriel Kassadi on a rope bridge

Kassadi Gabriel, Event Coordinator

Aug. 20, 2019

Kassadi Gabriel is the event coordinator for the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department. She works to coordinate events from start to finish while everyday coming up with new ideas to streamline processes within the department to enable faculty and staff to host events with ease. The new building has brought on a new set of opportunities and she has been working to create policies to help ensure that the department is ready to welcome a multitude of visitors. Kassadi is now gearing up for the building’s grand opening that will be taking place on Monday, August 26th. Kassadi graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism and worked as a wedding coordinator for two years before moving to Boulder, Colorado.

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