ACTIVE Faculty Development and Leadership 2019 Cohort

ACTIVE Fellows explore research, leadership and teaching in engineering

Oct. 4, 2019

Impact in the classroom. Diversity of minds and resources. Leadership training. Building community. These are some of the reasons that the 2019 ACTIVE participants gathered at CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science this week.

A student working in the lab with lasers

Another record year for CU Boulder Engineering research

Oct. 3, 2019

CU Engineering had another record-breaking year for research funding in the college with $108 million in fiscal year 2019. This is the highest total ever for the college and the second year in a row when awards were above $100M.

A student looking at the windcline in operation

Burning up: CU researchers use unique tunnel to study wildfires

Sept. 11, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder are using experiments and computations in a new sloping wind tunnel to study how wildfires form and move across different landscapes; applying cutting edge research tools to understand an old problem that Colorado has become quite familiar with in recent years.

Rafael Piestun and his students standing in a lab with a laser

Technique detailed in Nature Photonics enables real-time imaging towards use in medical field

Aug. 28, 2019

A new paper in Nature Photonics from researchers at CU Boulder details impressive improvements in the ability to control the propagation and interaction of light in complex media such as tissue – an area with many potential applications in the medical field.

Keith Molenaar outdoor portrait

Molenaar presents new findings on “design-build” benefits at Construction Industry Institute’s Annual Conference

Aug. 22, 2019

Professor Keith Molenaar presented research confirming the benefits of the “design-build” delivery system at the Construction Industry Institute’s Annual Conference this month in San Diego, California.

Luis Zea and the 16 Psyche asteroid

CU Boulder explores mining in space with bacteria

Aug. 7, 2019

Luis Zea is investigating the possibility of mining metals from asteroids in space using an unlikely agent: bacteria. It may sound like science fiction, but so-called biomining is already a reality on Earth. Now, Zea, and his co-investigator Jesse Colangelo in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Geological Sciences...

Micro-Indentation and Visualization system,

Soft material study could improve medical devices, other applications

Aug. 1, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new technique that can study friction between soft materials like those inside the body, paving the way for improvements to medical devices used by millions each year.

Brendan Heffernan adjusts optical components at a light table in the team's lab.

Sending doughnut-shaped beam through optical fiber may hold key to better brain imaging

July 31, 2019

PhD student demonstrates that the odd-shaped beam can be used to create a miniature stimulated emission depletion microscope capable of studying brain activity in freely behaving animals.

combustion study in Greg Rieker's lab

A bright future for combustion research, Rieker receives Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award

July 29, 2019

Associate Professor Greg Rieker has been awarded two of the top international awards in his field. After receiving the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award in September 2018, he was selected to receive the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award in April 2019.

A mock-up of what a LunaSat might look like on the moon.

Students to send hundreds of leaf-sized spacecraft to the moon

July 24, 2019

Fifty years ago today, the command module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, safely returning the first astronauts to set foot on the moon. Now, students from Colorado and across the world will continue that legacy of exploration via the Great Lunar Expedition for Everyone...