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. 

Shelly Miller

To prevent next pandemic, scientists say we must regulate air like food and water

May 14, 2021

In a Perspectives piece publishing in Science on May 14, Professor Shelly Miller and others call for a “paradigm shift” in combating airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, demanding universal recognition that respiratory infections can be prevented by improving indoor ventilation systems.

Graphic image from Optics Express journal

Rieker lab explores new technology for measuring angular velocity in fluid flows

May 13, 2021

Researchers in Associate Professor Greg Rieker's lab are developing a machine learning-based signal processing scheme facilitates measuring the angular velocities in fluid flows using small particles that traverse beams of structured light.

LongPath system in Texas monitoring over 12 square miles.

ME spinoff LongPath Technologies earns $5M award for methane leak detection

May 13, 2021

LongPath Technologies has been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The award will support the commercial scaling of LongPath’s innovative approach to continuous emissions monitoring and mitigation from the oil and gas sector.

Debbie Yeh

Advisor Debbie Yeh named Supportive Staff Member of the Year

May 13, 2021

In her role, she assists undergraduate students with degree requirements, college and university policies, campus resources and overall academic needs.

Bevara founders outdoors

​Alumni-founded website connects outdoor users with nonprofits

May 5, 2021

Sarah Brondum (MechEngr'19) and Spencer Wegner (CompSci'20) co-founded Bevara to help outdoor enthusiasts connect with Colorado’s outdoor nonprofits. Through Bevara’s web platform, users are able to find donation, volunteer, and advocacy opportunities that contribute to land stewardship efforts across the state.

Valerie Welch

Passion for athletics leads to student internship at Nike

May 5, 2021

During the summer of 2020 after my junior year, I worked as a mechanical engineering intern in the Rapid Prototyping Lab at Nike. I found out about this position through CU athletics, as I’m a student-athlete. Each year Nike looks to hire one intern out of the junior class of...

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Mechanical engineering students earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

May 5, 2021

The National Science Foundation has awarded six prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships to University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering students, a signal of the innovative and impactful research they will perform in the years ahead.

Kai Cui, Lisa Tenorio, Emily Zuetell

Mechanical engineering graduates earn CU Engineering awards

May 4, 2021

These honors are conferred to seniors who are nominated by faculty, staff or fellow students for their outstanding contributions.

Charley Thomas

Charley Thomas wins prestigious NDSEG Fellowship

April 28, 2021

The prestigious fellowship, offered through the U.S. Department of Defense, promotes education in science and engineering disciplines relevant to national defense.

Graphic showing the LEGO bricks and wave forms

Researchers use LEGO bricks to decode intricate vibration patterns

April 27, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder are using LEGO bricks to study and simply illustrate the general dynamics and topology of metastructures and metamaterials.