See the latest happenings in research, programming and education at Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering. Learn how students, alumni, faculty, and staff are redefining what it means to be a mechanical engineer. 

Kristin Calahan working in the lab

PhD grad lead author for Science Advances paper on micro-texturing materials for medical devices

June 24, 2022

Kristin Calahan (PhDMechEngr’21) is the lead author on a new paper in Science Advances that explores the best approaches for anchoring medical devices to tissue inside the body to improve their performance.

Greg Rieker and a colleague in the lab.

As concerns rise about this greenhouse gas, CU startup works to plug leaks

June 9, 2022

Scientists at LongPath and CU Boulder are using new laser technology to do what other technologies have struggled to do for years: detect natural gas, which is invisible to the eye, leaking from pipes at sites like this, in real time.

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Xiaoyun Ding part of new AB Nexus cancer research grant

June 9, 2022

The AB Nexus program announced its fourth round of grant awards to faculty from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder

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A look back on CU Boulder Professor Jana Milford’s career as she prepares to retire

May 24, 2022

After nearly three decades serving the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Professor Jana Milford is set to retire August 2022. Milford has held many titles during her distinguished career – from Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair and the first director of the Environmental Engineering Program, to founding faculty advisor for the Engineering GoldShirt Program.

YC Lee

Celebrating the career of retired CU Boulder Professor Emeritus Y.C. Lee

May 23, 2022

Nine months after retiring, Professor Emeritus Yung-Cheng “Y.C.” Lee continues to spearhead technology breakthroughs. As the founder, president and CEO of Kelvin Thermal Technologies, Lee has pioneered the thinnest and most flexible cooling solution for smartphones, tablets, laptops, augmented reality, data center, electrical vehicles and micro satellites.

Shirley Chessman

“Invaluable” ME Lab Engineer Shirley Chessman retires from CU Boulder

May 19, 2022

Anyone who has spent time in the Idea Forge has come to know Shirley Chessman. After working as the Idea Forge Mechanical Lab Engineer for the past seven years, Chessman is retiring this summer.

alicen kandt

Alumni Spotlight: Alicen Kandt - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

May 16, 2022

As a Senior Mechanical Engineer with NREL, alumna Alicen Kandt’s goal is to inspire people to embrace more resilient and sustainable energy options. She earned her master’s degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2004.

IRT research blitz

Slides from IRT Blitz available as themes officially sunset this summer

May 11, 2022

The slide deck is part of presentations given by IRT directors in April on accomplishments and activity within their themes to date. They include details on funding results, important research findings and other lessons learned from the initiative.

sandia national laboratories

College expands partnership with Sandia National Laboratories

May 2, 2022

A new initiative between the College of Engineering and Applied Science and Sandia National Laboratories aims to develop areas of mutual research interest and support broader STEM workforce development among graduate students.

lockheed martin team

Deployable antenna could provide more powerful communications on smaller space satellites

May 2, 2022

A group of mechanical engineering students at the College of Engineering and Applied Science designed and built the prototype with Lockheed Martin for their Senior Design project.

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