Magnesium ingot

A thoroughly modern magnesium process

Aug. 4, 2017

CU Boulder engineers have revamped a World War II-era process for making magnesium that requires half the energy and produces a fraction of the pollution compared to today’s leading methods. The breakthrough process, developed in the labs of Professor Alan Weimer, could vastly improve production of the strong, lightweight metal that’s used in everything from vehicles and aircraft to dietary supplements and fireworks.

Pilot Dan Hesseliusl with drone aircraft

'Project Drought' taps drones to measure water moisture at Colorado farm

July 28, 2017

CU Boulder engineers, scientists and students are teaming up with Black Swift Technologies of Boulder to use unmanned aircraft in the coming weeks to measure water moisture at a test irrigation farm in Yuma, Colorado.

An empty hospital ward.

Engineers demonstrate 'germ trap' for hospitals

July 26, 2017

When an infectious airborne illness strikes, some hospitals use negative pressure rooms to isolate and treat patients. These rooms use ventilation controls to keep germ-filled air contained rather than letting it circulate throughout the hospital. But, in the event of an epidemic, these rooms can quickly fill up. Now, a team at CU Boulder has found a simple, cost-effective way for medical facilities to expand this technique to better prepare for disease outbreaks.

Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima

Researchers to study environmental, human impacts of nuclear war

July 18, 2017

As part of the Open Philanthropy effort, Professor Yunping Xi of civil, environmental and architectural engineering and his students will assess the amount of flammable building material in modern cities in various parts of the world, as well as the flammable contents in such buildings.

CU Boulder’s Seth Miller discusses disruptive technologies with USTTI participants.

Telecom institute brings leaders from developing countries to ATLAS

July 13, 2017

The CU Boulder course is made possible by an interdisciplinary volunteer collaboration that includes ATLAS; Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship; and the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP).

NSF award recipients

Three CU Engineering researchers earn NSF CAREER Awards

May 30, 2017

Three CU Engineering researchers have won CAREER Awards, the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty. CAREER Awards provide approximately $500,000 over five years for those “who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of...

New Smead Program Director Lewis Groswald

Two leaders join Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences

April 25, 2017

Smead Program Director Lewis Groswald As part of this spring’s announcement of naming of the Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences department, two new positions were created to help grow the educational and research reach of the program. CU Boulder's dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science,...

Lift off

Student-built satellite launches from Cape Canaveral

April 21, 2017

A University of Colorado Boulder student-built microsatellite is on its way to the International Space Station. The satellite, named ‘Challenger’, had a successful lift off Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:11 AM MDT from Cape Canaveral. It is part of the European Union sponsored QB50 project to deploy a network of miniaturized satellites to study part of Earth’s atmosphere.

Dean Bobby Braun

Five questions for Robert Braun

March 23, 2017

Christine Hrenya teaching

Engineers and Computer Scientist improve Particle Simulation Techniques

March 10, 2017

The flow and movement of individual solid particles — be it grains of lunar dust or the powdered contents of a medication — holds tremendous research value for scientists in a variety of fields. Now, a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) will allow University of Colorado Boulder researchers to simulate particle behavior to a greater degree than ever before.