Gary Anderson

From a Forklift to the Front Office

Sept. 20, 2016

ME Graduate wins 2016 CU Boulder Alumni Recognition Award Gary Anderson (MechEngr '69) worked hard for his CU Boulder degree, and not just in the classroom: Student by day, he drove a forklift at night to support his young family. Now a retired business executive, he’s never forgotten what balancing...

Stacked Air Quality monitoring boxes in Mike Hannigan's lab.

Soak Up The Summer Research

Sept. 16, 2016

Tanya Schulz (MechEngr ’17) is thinking small, very small, so small you can't see it with a microscope small. She’s spent her summer researching nanotechnology. It's the kind of work that requires a super computer and you might think is reserved only for post-doctoral students, but Schulz is a mechanical...

Zhengwei Li

Zhengwei Li - Mechanics of Materials and Micro/Nano

Sept. 15, 2016

Zhengwei Li is a senior PhD student working with Professor Jianliang Xiao. Li's work spans a few different areas, including mechanics of stretchable electronics and optoelectronics, mechanics of soft materials, stretchable thin film, optical functional materials and nanomaterials. He is now studying hierarchical wrinkling of thin films on both flat...

Alex Yersak on the slopes.

Graduate Student of the Month - Alex Yersak

Sept. 1, 2016

Alex is a fourth year PhD student who has been investigating atomic layer deposited thin films for ultrabarriers and corrosion protection of thin metal films. He has had the opportunity to conduct his research both on campus at CU and at ALD Nanosolutions. Prior to graduate school, Alex received his...

Tyler Sharpe by a tree.

Undergraduate Student of the Month - Tyler Sharp

Sept. 1, 2016

I am a senior in mechanical engineering and appreciate being selected as Student of the Month. I’ll take this moment to recognize the quality of both my peers and the faculty in the ME and APPM departments. The depth of knowledge present and the fervor for science and quality of...

A CAD rendering of the CubeSat launcher.

Students design microsatellite launcher for Lockheed Martin

July 25, 2016

In this case, undergraduate seniors Dane Ballou, Chip Bollendonk, Scott Lanning, Kevin Martin, and Nico Pinkowski worked with Lockheed Martin Space Systems to design a CubeSat Deployer prototype for NASA's Orion program. CubeSats are tiny satellites the size of a loaf of bread.

Safe Air for Denver Homes

Student Investigating Radon in Denver homes

July 25, 2016

Dangerous levels of radon and the chemical tetrachloroethylene (PERC) are known to be present in some Denver-area air, soil, and groundwater. A crowdfunded project is helping Mechanical Engineering PhD student Ashley Collier, Denver's Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart , and the Thriving Earth Exchange find out if homeowners have anything...

Ronggui Yang

Yang to serve as associate editor of two scientific journals

July 25, 2016

Ronggui Yang, professor of mechanical engineering, will serve as an associate editor of two scientific journals— Heat Transfer Research and the Journal of Heat Transfer . The Journal of Heat Transfer is a transaction of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a premier journal in the field of...

Donald Strickland in his San Francisco 49ers Uniform.

ME Grad Triumphs On and Off the Football Field

July 25, 2016

Donald Strickland has chosen to be prepared in all aspects of his life, and that began with his choice of school to attend and degree to achieve. Strickland is a California native and had a choice of colleges. He was offered athletic scholarships to both CU Boulder and UCLA, a...

The senior design team with the test rig.

How much fuel does a cruise ship use?

July 25, 2016

How much fuel does a cruise ship use? A large ship can use up to 250 tons. Per day. In terms of regular gasoline, that would be about 80,645 gallons; more fuel than you'll use in an entire lifetime of driving cars. As a result, even a small increase in...