Ben Finan

Alumni Spotlight: Ben Finan and Delta Horizons

Aug. 4, 2022

Ben Finan earned his bachelor of science degree in Engineering Plus with an emphasis in mechanical engineering and a concentration in business and entrepreneurship. While earning his degree, he was also a lead teaching assistant for a variety of engineering courses.

Students holding a check on stage

In person once more, startup competition brings capital to creativity

April 19, 2022

For the first time in three years, the lively New Venture Challenge (NVC) championship returned to an in-person format at the Boulder Theater this week to recognize CU Boulder’s top emerging entrepreneurs.

Students at the ESCEND event on 2/17

ESCEND program brings entrepreneurship to engineering students

April 11, 2022

A new program guides engineering students on an “entrepreneurial journey to learn the business side of innovation." The ESCEND program combines entrepreneurship courses with experiences and resources that give CU Boulder engineering students the chance to create a product and then pitch it to investors.

Underwater vacuum

Mechanical engineering seniors aim to sink purple sea urchin population with underwater vacuum

April 6, 2022

The vacuum, designed and built by the student team Urchin Merchants, could help save California’s underwater kelp forests by making it easier for divers to collect the purple sea urchins that are destroying the bull kelp population.

Respirogen syringe and OMBs

CU Boulder spinoff company develops technology that could treat COVID-19 complications

Oct. 19, 2021

After a year when the nation experienced a shortage of mechanical ventilators to help treat patients with severe COVID-19 complications, Professor Mark Borden's company Respirogen presents another treatment option: oxygen microbubbles.

Chern-Hoi Lim

Alumnus Lim earns C&EN Talented 12 recognition for pursuing commercialization of CO2 as a feedstock for commodity chemicals

Oct. 6, 2021

Chern-Hooi Lim (PhDChemEngr’15) is the founder and CEO of New Iridium, a spinoff company created by research conducted in part in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He was recently selected for C&EN’s Talented 12, a program that honors young chemists and chemical engineers who are bringing innovation and entrepreneurship to bear on pressing global issues.

Kevin Green and wife Clodagh drinking wine in a vineyard

An extended journey: Alumnus Kevin Green on the road from engineer to winemaker

Sept. 8, 2021

“La Randonnée” is French for a rambling walk or hike. For department alumnus Kevin Green (ChemEngr’96), the metaphor of an extended journey is apt for his own winding career. First as a student studying chemical and environmental engineering at CU Boulder, to a stint at Intel, then as an expatriate living in Ireland, and finally as a winemaker at Apollini Vineyards in Oregon and for his own label, appropriately named La Randonnée Wines.

Matanya Horowitz

CU alum creates AI robots to sort recyclables

July 7, 2021

Within a year of earning a PhD in controls and dynamical systems, Matanya Horowitz (ApMath, CompSci, Econ, ElCompEngr’10; MElEngr’10) founded AMP Robotics. His vision? Use artificial intelligence to elevate the recycling industry.

Two students work on project in Idea Forge.

ME students invent device for delivering COVID-19 vaccines to rural areas

March 31, 2021

CU Engineering students have invented a novel solution to this global problem, which has the potential to affect millions of people living in rural areas around the world. Meet PortaVax, a portable vaccine carrier that can keep up to 250 vaccine doses cold for several days using insulation and dry ice.

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Alumnus’ startup harnesses blockchain for secure, trustworthy PPE purchasing

March 29, 2021

Alumnus uses technology background to help small and medium-size companies order of PPE during COVID-19.

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