Kristin Calahan

Graduate Student of the Month - Kristin Calahan

Nov. 1, 2019

Kristin Calahan's research is focused on studying the contact mechanics, more specifically the friction response, between micropatterned surfaces and tissue-like substrates for biomedical applications. In the future, she sees herself as a research scientist whether in an academic or industry setting.

Ryan Cole

Graduate Student of the Month - Ryan Cole

Oct. 1, 2019

Ryan Cole's research helps to develop laser-based sensors for systems ranging from combustion devices to the atmosphere. His personal research is focused on developing and improving models for the absorption of light by gasses at very high pressures and temperatures. He would like to work in atmospheric science applying the skills he has learned at CU Boulder to develop new ways to monitor pollution and emissions and their effect on the atmosphere.

adrienne scott

Graduate Student of the Month - Adrienne Scott

Sept. 1, 2019

Adrienne is a fourth-year PhD student who explores how cells in the human body sense and respond to their mechanical environment and uses this information to better design tissue engineering techniques.

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Graduate Student of the Month - Sebastian Metcalf

Dec. 3, 2018

My name is Sebastian Metcalf and I'm from Longmont, CO. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering as a part of the BS/MS. concurrent program. I would like to express my gratitude towards the students and faculty who’ve truly altered my life for the better over the last 5 years.

Amanda Makowiecki

Graduate Student of the Month - Amanda Makowiecki

Nov. 12, 2018

Amanda grew up in the land of ‘Live free or die’ where she could be found shooting off fireworks, driving without seatbelts (just kidding, be safe kids) and gazing at the profile of the Old Man of the Mountain (rest in peace). Amanda now works on developing and deploying diagnostics...

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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...

Andrew Tomaschke with dad and skis

Graduate Student of the Month - Andrew Tomaschke

Oct. 12, 2018

Andrew was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. He completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University at Buffalo in 2011. During his undergraduate studies, he interned as a mechanical estimator for a local mechanical contractor. Upon graduation, he worked for Glauber Equipment Corporation where he performed compressed air...

Adrienne Scott

A career where I could always keep learning

Name: Adrienne Scott Hometown: Zionsville, PA Major: Mechanical Engineering PhD Student Advisor: Corey Neu I grew up on a farm outside of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Exploring my farm as a child I was always interested in how the world worked and luckily, I had great parents who could answer all my...

David Pfotenhauer

How astronomy brought me back to Earth

Name: David Pfotenhauer Hometown: Madison, WI Major: Mechanical Engineering PhD Student Advisor: Mike Hannigan , Hannigan Lab I was born and raised in the glorious city of Madison Wisconsin. As I grew up surrounded by cheese, corn fields, and Packers Football, I also managed to develop an inclination for mathematics...

Omkar Supekar

Discovering the mountains

Name: Omkar Supekar Hometown: Vadodara, Gujarat, India Major: Mechanical Engineering PhD Student Advisor: Victor Bright , CU MEMS Group I was born in Vadodara, a city in the state of Gujarat in India. However, I moved around India growing up, mostly in the western and central parts of India. Growing...

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