Julie Steinbrenner and Kat McConnell

ME educators recognized by college for supporting students beyond the classroom

The College of Engineering and Applied Science recently selected McConnell and Steinbrenner for awards recognizing their outstanding contributions as educators. McConnell received the Outstanding Staff Award, and Steinbrenner received the Charles A. Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award. Read more
Massimo Ruzzene

Massimo Ruzzene elected a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science

Professor Massimo Ruzzene was elected a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science (SES) for his expertise and contributions the technical community. SES elects between one and three fellows per year and has a membership of roughly 1,000. Read more
zhen qu mechanical engineering phd student

New ways of estimating, tracking pollution earn student Harvard postdoc spot

Zhen Qu has pursued a career path studying air pollution that brought her to CU Boulder where she has earned a PhD in mechanical engineering. Her career trajectory is now leading her to Harvard University where she will soon begin a postdoctoral position. Read more

Project-based learning, impactful research and an entrepreneurial spirit are defining the next generation of engineers at the CU Boulder's Department of Mechanical Engineering. At CU, our mechanical engineering students learn from engaged faculty members who encourage students to be active in their learning. Our faculty set the example, conducting research across many areas including air quality, biomedical sciences, materials, mechanics of material, micro/nanoscale, robotics and systems design and thermo fluids. Their work often has a direct impact on human health and safety, the environment and the development of new and innovative technologies. Many of our faculty members, alumni and current students have even started companies to better meet the needs of our community.

In addition to students, faculty and staff, we are committed to fostering a tight-knit community with alumni and industry professionals who enable continuous professional development opportunities for students throughout their time at CU Boulder. Both undergraduate and graduate students are supported with professional development programming, events and mentorship, all part of Student Experiential Education. Together, we are redefining what it means to be a mechanical engineer. 

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