Students working in the lab

College research portfolio tops $134 million as part of four-year upward trend

Oct. 7, 2020

CU Engineering experienced another record-breaking year for research funding in 2020, receiving $134 million overall and dwarfing the 2019 total of $108 million.

J. Will Medlin in the lab wearing blue shirt and safety glasses

“Fine-tuning” catalyst performance for sustainable hydrogen peroxide synthesis

Sept. 17, 2020

New research from Professor J. Will Medlin and collaborators at three other institutions points to a new, inexpensive and sustainable method of synthesizing hydrogen peroxide.

Artist's depiction of the twin Janus spacecraft. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Where no spacecraft has gone before: A close encounter with binary asteroids

Sept. 10, 2020

CU Boulder and Lockheed Martin will lead a new space mission to capture the first-ever closeup look at a mysterious class of solar system objects: binary asteroids. These bodies are pairs of asteroids that orbit around each other in space, much like the Earth and moon. In a project review...

OSIRIS-REx observed small bits of material leaping off the surface of the asteroid Bennu on Jan. 19, 2019. (Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin)

How small particles could reshape Bennu and other asteroids

Sept. 9, 2020

In January 2019, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was orbiting the asteroid Bennu when the spacecraft’s cameras caught something unexpected: Thousands of tiny bits of material, some just the size of marbles, began to bounce off the surface of the asteroid—like a game of ping-pong in space. Since then, many more such...

Human lipid bilayer rendering

Lipids prevent and reduce Alzheimer’s amyloid fibrils

Sept. 3, 2020

Research into preventing and reversing the creation of misfolded protein aggregates known as fibrils could provide new therapeutic opportunities in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

CU Boulder postdoctoral researcher Rosy Southwell and undergraduate student Cooper Steputis demonstrate the use of a functional near-infrared spectroscopy device, which can monitor brain activity.

New $20 million center to bring AI into the classroom

Aug. 26, 2020

Take a seat in the classroom of tomorrow—where intelligent computers work side-by-side with groups of students to support their engagement in meaningful and productive learning experiences designed by their teachers.

An electric car being charged

New engineering research center aims to electrify transportation

Aug. 6, 2020

CU Boulder will play a major role in a new center focused on developing infrastructure and systems that facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Artist's rendition of quantum entanglement.

New $25-million center to advance quantum science and engineering

July 21, 2020

The National Science Foundation has announced that CU Boulder will receive a $25 million award to launch a new quantum science and engineering research center. The new center will be led by physicist Jun Ye and is a partnership with 11 other research organizations in the United States and abroad.

Engineering Center at the CU Boulder campus

Three new research themes push boundaries of work in college

July 20, 2020

The College of Engineering and Applied Science has launched three new interdisciplinary research themes as part of a broad push into growing and critical areas of study. They are titled Hypersonic Vehicles, Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, and Engineering Education and AI-Augmented Learning.

A Google self-driving car with lidar on top, cruising the interstate in California

Leap in lidar could improve safety, security of new technology

July 8, 2020

In a new paper, published in Optica, researchers describe a new silicon chip—with no moving parts or electronics—that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.

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