Header image: Illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) LICIACube prior to impact at the Didymos binary system.

Building planetary defenses for killer asteroids

April 19, 2021

Jay McMahon is joining a groundbreaking NASA mission to test asteroid deflection technology. McMahon, an assistant professor Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been named a participating scientist in the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). DART is the first flight...

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Visual clues aid autonomous medical robot in journey through human body

April 19, 2021

Researchers in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing a robot that may one day change how millions of people across the U.S. get colonoscopies, making these common procedures easier for patients and more efficient for doctors.

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CU Boulder takes first place in 2021 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge

April 19, 2021

The University of Colorado Boulder won first place in the 2021 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, the third time CU Boulder has placed first in the highly competitive event.

Evan Thomas

Podcast: Evan Thomas on how to tackle global poverty

April 16, 2021

Meet Dr. Evan Thomas, a professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering. In this episode, Dr. Thomas shares how his family’s interests in journalism, engineering and entrepreneurship, as well as his experiences with Engineering Without Borders, inspired him to tackle global poverty through his work and teaching.

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Drug development platform could provide flexible, rapid and targeted antimicrobials

April 16, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder have created a platform that that can develop effective and highly specific peptide nucleic acid therapies for use against any bacteria within just one week. The work could change the way we respond to pandemics and how we approach increasing cases of antibiotic resistance globally.

Sherri Cook

Finding sustainable solutions to wicked water problems

April 16, 2021

“If you have a water need, there’s a creative answer that we can find.” Professor Sherri Cook is researching solutions for better wastewater treatment and reuse. An assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, Cook is focused on water and...

An air purifier the size of a water bottle sits among wine glasses on a restaurant table

How one restaurant’s experiment may help diners breathe safely

April 14, 2021

The Washington Post looks at how an air monitoring system designed by CU Boulder's Mark Hernandez is helping a California restaurant keep its patrons safer during COVID.

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Six CU Boulder Chemical and Biological Engineering students selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

April 12, 2021

The GRFP is a five-year fellowship that honors graduate students working in science and engineering fields supported by the NSF. Students selected for the fellowship receive $34,000 in annual stipend funds.

Longji Cui

Combined energy sources return a burst of photons from plasmonic gold nanogaps

April 12, 2021

Assistant Professor Longji Cui is the first author on a new paper that describes a phenomenon which drastically boosts light emissions from a nanoscale device.

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A house run on the sun: How a team of CU students SPARC-ed advances for modern mountain housing

April 12, 2021

From April 15-18, CU Boulder will compete in the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge against nine other teams from the U.S., as well as from The Netherlands, Chile and Canada.