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Rene Nsanzineza - Air Quality

Nov. 12, 2018

Rene Nsanzineza is a 5th year PhD candidate in Professor Jana Milford’s group. This research group specializes in regional and local air quality modeling with focus on the environmental impacts of energy systems. Rene’s research focuses on the air quality implications of future scenarios for oil and natural gas production...

Carlye Lauff

Carlye Lauff - Design Theory and Methodology

Jan. 3, 2018

Carlye Lauff is a 5th year PhD candidate and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is co-advised by Dr. Mark Rentschler and Dr. Daria Kotys-Schwartz, who are the co-Directors of Design Center Colorado. Carlye’s research is in the field of Design Theory and Methodology, and her research studies...

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Micah Prendergast - Biomedical

Sept. 8, 2017

Micah Prendergast is 5th year PhD student in Dr. Mark Rentschler’s Advanced Medical Technologies Lab (AMTL). This research group specializes in the design and control of surgical robotic systems, including the development of novel surgical tools and devices. Micah’s research focuses on the design and development of robotic capsule endoscopes...

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...

Doug Fankell

Doug Fankell - Biomedical

Feb. 2, 2017

I am currently a fourth year Ph.D. student in Dr. Mark Rentschler’s Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory. My current research consists primarily of developing a large deformation, thermo-poromechanics finite element model to simulate the heat transport, water transport and deformation of biological tissue when acted upon by outside forces. Currently, my...

Carlye Lauff laughs during a design workshop in the Idea Forge.

Fellowship for the Win - Designing Down Under

Jan. 18, 2017

Carlye Lauff, a mechanical engineering PhD student studying design, is taking her research to the land of kangaroos and...

Madalyn Kern

Madalyn Kern - Biomedical

Dec. 2, 2016

Madalyn is a senior PhD student and works with Dr. Mark Rentschler in the Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory (AMTL). Her work has been focused on characterizing adhesion between a micro-patterned substrate and a soft synthetic biological tissue. While the direct application for her work is in optimizing the mobility of...

Ricardo Piedrahita

Ricardo Piedrahita

Nov. 9, 2016

Ricardo’s primary research interests are low-cost air quality monitoring, cookstove adoption, and pollution exposure assessment and modeling. His dissertation research is part of REACCTING, a project in Northern Ghana performing personal, microenvironmental, and regional air quality measurements as part of a cookstove intervention study. He is currently working on developing...

Xin Qian

Xin Qian Focus Area: Heat and Phonon Transport - Ronggui Yang Lab

Oct. 4, 2016

Xin Qian Focus Area: Heat and Phonon Transport - Ronggui Yang Lab Xin is a third-year PhD student working with Professor Ronggui Yang. His work focuses on modeling and characterizing thermal transport properties in novel materials with promising applications in solar cells and light emitting diodes and batteries to address...

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...

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