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. 

ME Alumni Connect Day 2022

ME Alumni Connect Day brings together engineers in different stages of their journey

Nov. 9, 2022

ME Alumni Connect Day enjoyed another great turnout this year, with over 40 alumni and nearly 400 students participating. The event provides an opportunity for students to connect with alumni, build their network and gain insight into what it's like to be an practicing engineer. Participants connected over lunch, mock...

White House Summit Panel

Professor Shelly Miller joins White House summit on indoor air quality

Nov. 1, 2022

The challenges of wildfires, industrial pollution and vehicle emissions have centered the issue of outdoor air quality in the public consciousness. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the realization that the pathogen primarily transmits indoors, there has been growing awareness of the importance of indoor air quality, as...

ASEE Conference 2022

CU Engineering researchers win Best Paper at the ASEE Annual Conference 2022

Oct. 31, 2022

Last summer, over 3,500 leaders from more than 500 university and college engineering schools attended the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition. Rebecca "Becky" Komarek and her co-authors, Angela Bielefeldt and Daniel Knight won Best Paper LEAD Division and the Best Overall Professional Interest Council (PIC) paper award across a group of divisions.

Insects offer inspiration for robot advances

Insects offer inspiration for robot advances

Oct. 18, 2022

Studying how insects perform key tasks is giving scientists insight into how robots can achieve complex actions with limited processing power, pointing towards building them on the scale of flies and cockroaches.

CU Boulder lasers go supersonic

CU Boulder lasers go supersonic

Oct. 18, 2022

Researchers at CU Boulder are using lasers to precisely quantify the performance of high-speed engines. Those measurements — recently described in detail in Optica — are key to propelling superfast hypersonic vehicles and providing better engine performance overall.

CU Boulder

Another strong year for mechanical research funding at CU Boulder

Oct. 13, 2022

The Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering had another successful year for research funding, bringing in 37 new awards and funding on 72 existing sponsored projects, which totaled nearly $14 million. Fiscal year 2022 marked 10 consecutive years that the department has brought in $10 million or more in...

Greg Rieker

QEI Collaboration Lab opening to foster high-impact research in quantum engineering

Oct. 13, 2022

Researchers from CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be better able to coordinate their efforts with the recent opening of the Quantum Engineering Initiative (QEI) Collaboration Lab on Sept. 26. This new, 1,500 square foot space in the Engineering Center will encourage cross-campus research and experiments in the high-impact field of quantum engineering.

Katie Schutt

An inside look: Interning with LifeFormations

Oct. 5, 2022

Katie Schutt is a Mechanical Engineering Student Apprentice. She interned with LifeFormations during summer 2022. Katie Schutt Where did you intern and what exciting for you about that opportunity? This summer I was a mechanical engineering intern at a small company called LifeFormations. They design and fabricate animatronics and other...

Shelly Miller

Professor Shelly Miller honored with Distinguished Research Lectureship

Sept. 19, 2022

Shelly Miller, professor of mechanical engineering, has been recognized with 2022-23 Distinguished Research Lectureships. The Lectureship is among the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Alexandr Vassilyev

An inside look: Interning with Seagate Technology

Sept. 15, 2022

Alexandr Vassilyev is a Mechanical Engineering Student Apprentice. He interned with Seagate Technology during summer 2022. Alexandr Vassilyev Where did you intern and what exciting for you about that opportunity? This summer I interned at Seagate Technology. I was really excited about the opportunity to learn more about linux and...