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Transcending a divided past into a more inclusive future

Jan. 22, 2021

The year of 2020 presented a broad array of challenges that confronted us head-on, from a plethora of social injustices in the country and in Colorado to the unacceptable inequities magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we transition into this new semester, we will continue our efforts to build a more inclusive culture, guided by our strategic mission and vision.

John Mollenkopf

Perseverance, natural curiosity propelled John Mollenkopf (MechEngr‘83) to engineering success

Jan. 21, 2021

Growing up, John Mollenkopf spent most of his free time tinkering. He’d gather up tools, then get to work converting his bicycle into a chopper in the driveway or the garage. As he got older, he graduated to building things from scratch, including go-karts, a hang glider, model airplanes and model cars.

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Using augmented reality drum circles to fix latency and improve collaborations

Jan. 20, 2021

Long before the pandemic sent people scrambling into isolation, musicians have longed to jam virtually with others across the globe. Now researchers from CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute’s ACME Lab and Ericsson Research are developing ways for musicians to play together remotely through the AR Drum Circle project.

Jenifer Blacklock

Blacklock returns to CU as director of Western partnership program

Jan. 20, 2021

Former Mechanical Engineering faculty member Jenifer Blacklock has returned to the College of Engineering and Applied Science as the director of the Rady Program at Western Colorado University. She will lead the Western-CU Boulder Partnership Program.

CU Boulder students Halle Sago, Ryan Carroll and Sylvia Akol discuss data input for built environment surveys in Denver high school classrooms. 

Researchers fight COVID-19 with new air filtration in Denver Public Schools

Jan. 11, 2021

Since the summer, Professor Mark Hernandez of civil, environmental and architectural engineering and his team have been working in the district’s classrooms to install a new generation of high-efficiency air filters.

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Register now for material characterization facility virtual open house

Jan. 8, 2021

The Colorado Shared Instrumentation in Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) core research facility will have a virtual open house on Jan. 29 via Zoom.

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A Message to Our Community: U.S. Capitol Violence

Jan. 8, 2021

We must recognize that the individuals involved in yesterday’s incident are a part of America, while also demonstrating that behaviors, values, and beliefs of white supremacy, patriarchy, and overall oppression will not be accepted nor tolerated.

Female farmers work in field in India

Seeds of change: ATLAS students present paper on poverty cycles in rural India

Jan. 8, 2021

When three first-year ATLAS master's students in the Social Impact track of the Creative Technology and Design master’s program learned of the staggering suicide rate of male farmers in rural India and the suffering that ensues for their surviving family members, they wanted to explore effective interventions.

Airplane in the sky

Labbe will explore high-altitude ignition in CAREER award

Jan. 8, 2021

Labbe, an assistant professor in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER Award.

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Mechanical researchers featured in Biomaterials Science

Jan. 5, 2021

Yu Gao, a postdoctoral associate in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the lead author of a new paper in Biomaterials Science that is highlighted on the back cover.