Design For America

Finding Community: Design group puts skills to work solving local problems

June 13, 2019

From developing a system to reduce food waste to constructing a way to prevent tool theft at public bike repair stations, students in the Design for America organization at CU Boulder are working on a wide range of projects with community partners.

Prashant working on a whiteboard

These nano-bugs eat CO2 and make eco-friendly fuel

June 12, 2019

CU Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals.

John Mah

Aerospace faculty member earns two awards for teaching excellence

June 7, 2019

John Mah has earned two teaching awards in the past two months, and reading comments from his students, it’s not hard to see why. “He taught with such enthusiasm and expertise that even the most uninterested student would listen.” – Grace Edwards “Professor Mah is without a doubt the best...

Students on stage at Catalyze Demo Day in 2018.

Six teams kick off Catalyze CU startup accelerator

June 6, 2019

Starting June 3, the teams are participating in skill-building workshops and mentoring sessions with local entrepreneurs and business leaders to earn up to $5,000 in equity-free funding available to each team.

Jana Milford

Professor Jana Milford reappointed to CO Air Quality Control Commission

June 4, 2019

The commission is responsible for adopting an efficient and cost-effective air quality management program that promotes clean and healthy air for Colorado's citizens and protects the state's natural resources.

A woman in Rwanda feeds wood into a cookstove as a child looks on.

Study: Water filters, efficient cookstoves effective in reducing health issues

June 3, 2019

Large-scale program in Rwanda reduced the prevalence of reported diarrhea and acute respiratory infection in children under 5, according to new findings published today in the journal PLOS Medicine.

The team.

All-woman engineering team earns Most Innovative Award at NASA Mars competition

May 30, 2019

NASA has presented a University of Colorado Boulder team with the 2019 Most Innovative Award for their project in the space agency's BIG Idea Challenge. The competition, which changes each year, called for innovative ideas for the design and operation of a Mars greenhouse.

Juliet Gopinath in her lab

Gopinath eager to build bridges through CUbit initiative

May 29, 2019

While the CUbit Quantum Initiative is only five months old, Associate Director Juliet Gopinath said she has been energized by the potential of the cross-campus project.

Formosa and endoculus

A robot may one day perform your colonoscopy

May 28, 2019

Researchers have designed a robot to navigate the unpredictable terrain of the intestine. The group hopes the robot will one day change how millions of people across the United States get colonoscopies, making these common procedures easier for patients and more efficient for doctors.

Srubar talking to a student in his lab

"We're essentially creating a new discipline in my lab." - Wil Srubar - Ep. 14

May 27, 2019

Wil Srubar is an assistant professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering department at CU. Guided by the tenets of industrial ecology, his team's collective vision is to engineer next-generation infrastructure materials by blurring the boundaries between the built environment and the natural world. Materials of current interest include biodegradable polymers, phase-change materials, recycled aggregate concrete, and natural-fiber composites for green building applications.