The BOLD Center is part of the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s commitment to creating a diverse environment where all engineering students are welcome, and where students who are traditionally underrepresented in engineering -- women, underrepresented minorities -- are empowered to achieve their dreams. Our programs promote the recruitment, retention, and development of engineering students at CU Boulder, and equip them for success through graduation and beyond.
Catalyze CU Boulder is the university startup accelerator for the most promising ideas and technologies affiliated with the university. The eight week program selects the top university startups and provides them with equity-free funding, mentorship, resources, and office space. The program culminates in a Demo Day pitch night, where the companies pitch their ideas to the university and Boulder startup community.
Craft technology is our term for the interweaving of computation with craft materials. This blending can take many forms, including the application of specialized software to aid in the design and construction of crafts (such as mechanical toys and paper sculpture) and in the creation of craft objects with embedded intelligence. Our particular interests lie in the educational realm - that is, we are especially interested in extending the landscape of children's craft activities.
CU Science Discovery is a science education outreach program of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education. Founded in 1983 to heighten young students’ interest in science, CU Science Discovery coordinates an array of programs that connect K-12 students and teachers to current CU science. Each program utilizes CU scientific expertise, equipment, resources and graduate or undergraduate students in order to provide K-12 students and teachers with unique, experiential learning STEM experiences. All programs are designed to be highly interactive and relevant, in order to engage students in the scientific process while connecting them to the science and technology present in their everyday lives.
As part of the Leeds School of Business, the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship prepares graduates to embrace key global challenges by equipping them to think like entrepreneurs, act as social innovators and deliver as successful business leaders. The Deming Center shapes entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in our society by creating an environment that fosters and cultivates innovation. Here at the Deming Center, we are determined to support entrepreneurs and connect them to Colorado’s entrepreneurial network.
Design Center (DC) Colorado is an industry-education partnership within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. DC Colorado is a new concept in engineering education, fostering innovative, technical collaborations with business, industry, and government agencies. The Center brings real industry projects to undergraduate and graduate students in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Integrated teams of 6 undergraduate students (3-4 graduate students), a faculty advisor, and an industry mentor develop workable solutions. Student teams work on assigned projects for two consecutive semesters and deliver tested, functional hardware and documentation to the industry sponsor at the completion of the project.
The New Venture Challenge connects the campus with the Boulder community to develop and fund entrepreneurial ideas. Between fall and spring semesters, teams form, work with mentors, and refine their ideas before pitching at the championships. The NVC provides a way for CU Boulder students, faculty, staff, and the Boulder community to learn about the process of launching ventures through events, workshops, mentorship, and networking. The three aims of the NVC are to: collapse the CU Boulder campus, connect the campus and community, and have fun and inspire entrepreneurial experiences.
Established in 2015 and based at Fort McNair in Washington, DC, MD5 is a Department of Defense (DoD) entity under Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, and a network of national research universities that seeks to reinvigorate civil-military technology collaboration and value creation through the development of a National Security Innovation Corps – entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs solving high tech problems in the interest of national security. MD5 is working in conjunction with the Idea Forge and the College of Engineering to teach Hacking for Defense at CU for the first time in Spring 2018.
The Space Minor is part of the larger campus-wide Grand Challenge initiative and is open to all CU Boulder students regardless of major. The Space Minor is designed to provide all undergraduate students enrolled in the minor with an over-arching background in all aspects of space through the required Pathway to Space course (ASEN 1969). Following this required course, Space Minor students will then select four elective courses. Students who meet the requirements of the Space Minor will gain valuable and broader perspective to add to their major degree.
The Blow Things Up (BTU) Lab is a place for experimentation and hacking. They make science fiction science fact and vice versa. Located in the ATLAS Building, the BTU Lab wears three hats: a student hackerspace, a residency for ATLAS graduate student desks, and at times, a classroom. The lab operates within the ATLAS Institute, but lab membership is open to individuals from all fields of study. They are inclusive and love to share knowledge as an open source space. The BTU Lab is run and driven by the lab members, hosting workshops, Open Hack Nights, and communal projects. Their projects might be fiber based, electrical, robotic, or a combination of all. Members of this lab might be doing homework, working on research, starting a company, or imagining the future.
The Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) Program supports hands-on engineering learning through an innovative environment where students integrate engineering theory with practice and learn through doing. Program components include a first-year design course, sophomore- and junior-level experimental hands-on learning courses, and design expos. The ITL Program is supported by the unique ITL Laboratory -- a 34,000-sq. ft. learning facility that provides students and educators with a flexible, visible learning environment. Its curriculum-driven design supports a variety of learning styles and features first-year design studios, an active learning center, a computer network integrating all experimental equipment throughout two large laboratory plazas, fabrication and testing facilities, group work areas, and student-centered electronics and manufacturing centers.