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Spinout Aspero Medical receives NSF SBIR funding for endoscopic balloon with more grip

Aug. 25, 2020

Aspero Medical, a spinout company of CU Boulder’s Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering and CU Anschutz Medical Campus was recently awarded $225,000 through the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This award will allow the company to further technologies in the field of gastroenterology.

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Robotic skin could transform manufacturing, human robot interactions

Dec. 6, 2019

A talented group of researchers across the college is creating skins for robots to maximize their local sensing capabilities, improving operational safety and human-robot interaction along the way.

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Self-healing, fully-recyclable electronic skin has new applications

June 28, 2019

CU Boulder researchers Jianliang Xiao and Wei Zhang have developed self-healing, fully-recyclable electronic skin that is completely recyclable. They are now investigating applications surrounding the material's ability to shapeshift.

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Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots

Nov. 5, 2018

Think of it as mathematics with a bite: Researchers led by Franck Vernerey have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts, one of the most ingenious networks in nature.

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3D bioprinting technique could create artificial blood vessels, organ tissue

Oct. 22, 2018

CU Boulder engineers have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for localized control of an object’s firmness, opening up new biomedical avenues that could one day include artificial arteries and organ tissue.

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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.

Rong Long

Rong Long lands NSF CAREER Award

March 2, 2018

Congratulations to University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Rong Long for earning a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award! The initiative recognizes early-career faculty working at universities across the United States who have the potential to serve as academic role models in both research...

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New malleable 'electronic skin' self-healable, recyclable

Feb. 12, 2018

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable “electronic skin” that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices. Electronic skin, known as e-skin, is a thin, translucent material that can mimic the function and mechanical properties of human skin...

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Next-gen flexible robots move and heal like us

Jan. 4, 2018

Soft, self-healing devices mimic biological muscles, point to next generation of human-like robotics In the basement of the Engineering Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, a group of researchers is working to create the next generation of robots. Instead of the metallic droids you may be imagining, they are...

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Keplinger earns Packard Fellowship

Oct. 16, 2017

Pushing the boundaries of science requires flexibility. Allowing scientists to follow where their research takes them, even if that is into areas that may seem illogical to some, often is what leads to the most remarkable breakthroughs. For some researchers, this is never an option, as the funding they receive...

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