Karl Johannes backpacking in the mountains.

Graduate Student of the Month - Karl Johannes

Aug. 9, 2017

Karl spent the first 22 years of his life in the harsh desert climate of suburban New Mexico. While enduring the unbearable climate he successfully completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico State University, despite spending most of his time building cars with the Baja SAE team and...

David Pfotenhauer

Graduate Student of the Month - David Pfotenhauer

June 6, 2017

Like all true Wisconsinites, David was raised on nothing but cheese, milk, and Wisconsin football. He spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in the beautiful city of Madison, where he developed his passion for science in school, his affinity towards farmland, cornfields, and cow pastures, and...

Haley Smith

Undergraduate Student of the Month - Haley Smith

May 9, 2017

My name is Haley Smith and I am a graduating senior in the mechanical engineering program. I am a member of the basketball team and my love of sports has sparked an interest in biomechanical engineering, specifically the prosthetic, orthotic, exoskeleton, and joint replacement segments of the medical device industry...

Alex O'Brien

April 2017 - Alex O'Brien

April 24, 2017

I am a fourth year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student, and this is my second year working in Professor Mark Rentschler's Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory (AMTL). My research is primarily focused on the effects of thermal tissue fusion on biological tissue. Most recently, I was selected for the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship...

Eduardo Sodeberg

Undergraduate Student of the Month - Eduardo Soderberg

April 10, 2017

I am a Junior pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in building mechanical systems and construction management. I am currently performing a research study on the relationship between the air change rate and indoor air quality of homes in a Boulder neighborhood under the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship...

Eric Acome

Eric Acome - Materials

April 10, 2017

Eric is a second-year PhD student working in the Keplinger Research Group, which specializes in soft machines and materials that can be used for actuators, sensors, and energy generation. Eric focuses on soft actuators and he is currently working on a new type of reliable, high performance soft electrostatic actuator...

Kyle Kolanowski

March 2017 - Kyle Kolanowski

April 10, 2017

My name is Kyle Kolanowski, and I am a Colorado native pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at CU. I have really enjoyed seeing all that my engineering education has encompassed, and I'm excited to see how my education will allow me to contribute to society in the future. I...

Alexa Reed

February 2017 - Alexa Reed

April 10, 2017

I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student working on the Biomedical Engineering Minor. My interests include eating delicious food, petting dogs, skiing, and traveling with my family. I enjoy working with my research team to develop an autonomous hovercraft and a summer course teaching high school students to develop...

Xin Qian

Graduate Student of the Month - Xin Qian

April 1, 2017

Xin Qian is a PhD student working with Prof. Ronggui Yang. He works on modeling thermal transport in hybrid organic-inorganic crystals. His modeling of thermal transport in the organic-inorganic perovskite with green energy applications was recently highlighted as one of the Top 10 Most Cited Articles in Applied Physics Letters...

Colin Towery

Graduate Student of the Month - Colin Towery

March 1, 2017

Colin is a third-year PhD student in his sixth year overall at CU Boulder. He joined the Mechanical Engineering master’s program way back in Spring 2012, a full semester before his eventual advisor, Dr. Peter Hamlington . After having some fun designing and testing a CubeSat at the Colorado Space...