Swarm test

Work with bees could unlock potential strength of natural designs in new materials

Sept. 17, 2018

The natural world has had billions of years of evolution to perfect systems, creating elegant solutions to tricky problems. CU Boulder Assistant Professor Orit Peleg ’s work hopes to illuminate and explore those solutions with the long-term goal of applying the answers she finds to the materials we interact with...

A material before (flat) and after (3D chevron-shaped) light is applied.

Shape-shifting material can morph, reverse itself using heat, light

Aug. 24, 2018

A new material developed in Chris Bowman's lab can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, allowing a literal square peg to morph and fit into a round hole before fully reverting to its original form.

Mike McGehee

McGehee hopes to create energy and sustainability ecosystem in Colorado

July 25, 2018

New chemical and biological engineering faculty member Michael McGehee is eager to continue the work he started in clean energy at Stanford University.

Gaussian colorized microtubules

CU Engineering startup garners $1 million in investment funding

July 19, 2018

Double Helix Optics was founded based on technology from the lab of company co-founder Rafael Piestun, professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering.

Ben Shapiro works with two students.

ATLAS professor recognized for engaging teaching, making a difference

June 25, 2018

Nine ATLAS nominated Ben Shapiro, assistant professor of computer science with the ATLAS Institute, for the 2018 Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Education Award.

Representatives from each of the three finalist teams. CU Boulder professor Ivan Smalyukh and PhD student Andrew Hess are on the far left.

CU Boulder team wins 2018 NASA iTech Energy Cycle competition

June 25, 2018

Congratulations to Team iFeather for winning the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy competition! CU Boulder professor Ivan Smalyukh and PhD student Andrew Hess discuss iFeather. Watch the entire awards announcement livestream NASA iTech has selected CU Boulder as one of the top three teams from a group of 10...

A firefighter at work on the scene of a forest fire.

Study: Wildfires contaminate freshwater sources, straining treatment resources downstream

June 21, 2018

The research, which was funded by The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and presented at CU Boulder earlier this month, outlines a multitude of challenges posed by wildfires, including short- and long-term effects on the availability and quality of drinking water sources used by major metropolitan areas such as Denver, Colorado. The report also outlines potential remediation solutions to help utilities plan for worst-case scenarios.

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Squashing cyberbullying: New approach is fast, accurate

June 11, 2018

Developed by the CyberSafety Research Center, the new method combines several different computing tools to scan massive amounts of social media data, sending alerts to parents or network administrators that abuse has occurred.

A nuclear power plant

Study raises concerns for aging nuclear containment vessel structures

April 27, 2018

There are nearly 100 nuclear power plants across the United States, all of which rely on concrete containment vessels (NCVS) to provide the last layer of safety in case of accident. Some of these vessels exhibit serious signs of aging associated with a slow, but irreversible, degradation of concrete known...

An illustration of a car traveling down the "charging lane" of a roadway.

Future electric cars could recharge wirelessly while you drive

March 27, 2018

Over the last two years, Assistant Professor Khurram Afridi and his team in electrical, computer and energy engineering have developed a proof of concept for wireless power transfer that transfers electrical energy through electric fields at very high frequencies.