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. 

Rocky Mountains

New speakers announced for the Rocky Mountain Mechanics Seminar Series

Jan. 18, 2022

The Rocky Mountain Seminar Series provides CU Boulder faculty, staff and students with the opportunity to hear from researchers across disciplines from various institutions. The spring session begins on Friday, Jan. 28.

Inside the researcher's lab

How does Marshall Fire smoke affect indoor, outdoor air quality?

Jan. 14, 2022

Professors Michael Hannigan and Marina Vance join scientists from CIRES and NOAA to install instruments in surviving houses to understand the smoke impacts on indoor air quality.

People celebrating.

The Conversation: Here’s where (and how) you are most likely to catch COVID – new study

Jan. 11, 2022

Professor Shelly Miller shares her recent research about COVID-19 transmission with The Conversation.

fire ants

Video: Emergent behavior in fire ants

Jan. 6, 2022

Studying emergent behavior has long fascinated engineers, and researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder just uncovered a distinct behavior in colonies of fire ants cooperating in flood situations.

Will Brown and Connie Faye Brown

Alumnus Will Brown donates engineering scholarship in honor of his mother

Dec. 21, 2021

Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering alumnus Will Brown (MechEngr’92) has established the Connie Faye Brown scholarship to benefit mechanical, chemical or electrical engineering students.

Climate action

Ring in 2022 with these 5 climate resolutions

Dec. 17, 2021

When possible, choose electricity over gas at home. Using natural gas makes your home a hidden source of air pollution, according to research from mechanical engineering faculty.

Fall 2021 graduation

Video: College of Engineering and Applied Science Fall 2021 Graduation

Dec. 16, 2021

Congratulations to all of the fall 2021 University of Colorado Boulder Engineering graduates! Watch the Dec. 16 ceremony from inside Macky Auditorium and view photos of the in-person event.

Exoplanet mapping instrument

Bringing space inside the lab: Researchers replicate the climates of exoplanets to help find extraterrestrial life

Dec. 15, 2021

Professor Greg Rieker and Ryan Cole (PhDMechEngr’21) have developed an experiment that recreates the climates of planets beyond our solar system right in the lab. By reaching the same high-temperature and high-pressure conditions found on many exoplanets, the instrument can map their atmospheres, which could help humanity detect life outside our solar system.

Ahmed Ashmaig

An inside look: Completing a co-op at Tesla

Dec. 15, 2021

Ahmed Ashmaig is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering and co-president of the National Society of Black Engineers Boulder Chapter. He spent the fall semester participating in a co-op at Tesla in Fremont, California.

Component Design

ME Course Column: Component Design

Dec. 14, 2021

The ME Course Column is a recurring publication about the unique classes and labs that mechanical engineers can take while at the University of Colorado Boulder. Follow the series to understand the core curriculum, discover elective course options and learn the broad applications of mechanical engineering skills.