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...

September 2017- Yao Zhai

Graduate Student of the Month - Yao Zhai

Sept. 1, 2017

Yao Zhai was born in Tianjin, China. He stayed in his hometown through his bachelor degree from Tianjin University. After obtaining his Master degree from the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Science, he decided to continue his education abroad. Yao came to CU Boulder and joined Dr. Xiaobo Yin’s...

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...

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...