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Video: Emergent behavior in fire ants

Jan. 6, 2022

Studying emergent behavior has long fascinated engineers, and researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder just uncovered a distinct behavior in colonies of fire ants cooperating in flood situations.


Lynch among AB Nexus grant program fall 2021 award winners

Dec. 9, 2021

Seven new grants have been awarded to advance a wide range of projects; momentum builds as AB Nexus continues through its second year.


Nuclear deformation research could advance artificial tissue engineering

Dec. 2, 2021

Professor Corey Neu and Benjamin Seelbinder's (PhDMech’19) work, now published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, looks at how cells adapt to their environment and how a mechanical environment influences a cell. Their research has the potential to tackle major health obstacles.


High-Tech Tattoos May Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Nov. 15, 2021

Four years ago, Professor Carson Bruns set out to create a new kind of tattoo — today, he's created a new kind of programmable ink used to lower the risk against skin cancer.

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Department surpasses annual research funding record

Oct. 26, 2021

Researchers in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering received 118 research awards in 2020, totaling more than $19.5 million.

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CU Boulder spinoff company develops technology that could treat COVID-19 complications

Oct. 22, 2021

After a year when the nation experienced a shortage of mechanical ventilators to help treat patients with severe COVID-19 complications, Professor Mark Borden's company Respirogen presents another treatment option: oxygen microbubbles.

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Calve, Ferguson awarded grant to study mechanisms that lead to tissue degradation

Sept. 20, 2021

Professors Sarah Calve and Virginia Ferguson's tissue engineering project is one of three space-based experiments that recently received a NSF grant to help patients on Earth.

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Video: Membrane-Powered Prosthetics

Sept. 8, 2021

Mechanical Engineering professors teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to use glucose from our body to power small medical devices.

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New medical balloon technology aims to improve endoscopy success

Aug. 24, 2021

Professor Mark Rentschler's Boulder-based company will seek FDA approval after receiving a patent for its leading-edge medical balloon technology.


Engineers uncover the secrets of fish fins

Aug. 12, 2021

New research led by the University of Colorado Boulder has uncovered the engineering secrets behind what makes fish fins so strong yet flexible. The team’s insights could one day lead to new designs for robotic surgical tools or even airplane wings that change their shape with the push of a button.