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...

Timothy Morrissey

Starting a spin-out business with my advisor

Name: Timothy Morrissey Hometown: Little Falls, NY Major: Mechanical Engineering PhD Student Advisor: Christoph Keplinger , Keplinger Research Group I grew up in a small town in upstate New York. I was always drawn to traditional STEM topics and had typical interests of many technologically oriented kids: fixing bikes, working...

Jaylene Martinez

Aiming for a PhD after SMART research program

Name: Jaylene Martinez Hometown: Ojo Sarco, NM Major: Mechanical Engineering PhD Student Advisor: Yifu Ding, Nanostructured Polymer Lab As a young Chicana, I grew up in a small Northern New Mexico town named Ojo Sarco. I was taught to work hard with my hands and live off the land. Growing...

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NSF honors students with Graduate Research Fellowships in 2018

The National Science Foundation is honoring six current or incoming University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering students with Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards and five students with honorable mentions.

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...

Jason Christopher

Graduate Student of the Month - Jason Christopher

Nov. 9, 2017

Jason earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 2007. While at the Academy, he interned at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching deflagration properties of explosive materials. After the Academy, Jason earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rice University with his research...

Micah Prendergast Medical

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...