Gabe Rodriguez

"I wanted a major that I could use to help people." - Gabe Rodriguez

Aug. 8, 2017

I've found a passion for engineering because it teaches us the ways of the physical world. Having now taken classes like Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, I've learned how things like car engines and airplanes work. It still blows my mind to think about how so many intellectuals have been able... Read more »
Hospital ward

Engineers demonstrate large-scale 'germ trap' solution for hospitals

July 27, 2017

When an infectious airborne illness strikes, some hospitals use negative pressure rooms to isolate and treat patients. These rooms use ventilation controls to keep germ-filled air contained rather than letting it circulate throughout the hospital. But, in the event of an epidemic, these rooms can quickly fill up. Now, a... Read more »
Drawing of maggots

Tomorrow’s mini medical robots could squirm like maggots

July 26, 2017

Conventional pharmaceuticals aren't always the best way to treat an ailment. Drugs are often imprecise, unpredictable, or come along with tricky side effects. Medicine is always trying to move on to more targeted treatments. And soon, robots will be one of those options: small and mobile, they could theoretically deliver... Read more »
A flying UAV in Boulder

Using UAVs and lasers to map atmospheric gases

July 18, 2017

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated a new mobile, ground-based system that could scan and map atmospheric gas plumes over kilometer distances. The system uses an eye-safe laser instrument to send light that “combs” the air to a... Read more »
Mary Rahjes

"I love that engineering pushes me to be my best." - Mary Rahjes

July 14, 2017

The #iLookLikeAnEngineer campaign means that anyone can be an engineer. It doesn't matter what you look like, what your hobbies are, where you come from, or anything else. It only matters that you love what you do, and what we do is solve problems and have fun!Read more »
Nicholaus Wolfrum working in a machine shop.

Blog: MechE student finds success with online auto parts business

July 3, 2017

During my first year of college, I quickly learned three things about being a student: Being a college student is hard Being a college student is time consuming Being a college student is expensiveRead more »
Yohannese Gebremedhin

"I Look Like an Engineer because I am one." -Yohannese Gebremedhin

June 27, 2017

I chose engineering because I had been exposed to a lot of STEM programs in high school. When I was looking for colleges, I saw that there were a lot of great things being done at CU.Read more »
Haley Smith on the basketball court.

Smith Nominated For NCAA Woman Of The Year

June 26, 2017

New mechanical engineering alumna Haley Smith put together one of the most illustrious careers in Colorado athletics history when you combine her success both on and off the basketball floor. The native of Sammamish, Washington, is the University of Colorado's 2016-17 nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. The complete... Read more »
Baowen Li speaking at the conference.

Li Earns Award for Quantum Research

June 22, 2017

Congratulations to professor Baowen Li, a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Brillouin Medal. The CU Boulder mechanical engineering professor receiving the award along with two collaborators during the 4 th International Conference on Phononic Crystals/Meta-materials, Phonon Transport and Phonon Coupling, held this month in Changsha, China. The medal, which is... Read more »
Prototype robot.

How a wriggling robot could make a common medical procedure easier

June 16, 2017

Nobody needs to reinvent the wheel, but reinventing the colonoscope is definitely worth somebody’s time. Mark Rentschler, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is one of those people. He and his team have been working on the wormy robot, above, as a replacement for the usual flexible-camera-tube... Read more »