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. 

Morgan Kauss

ME alumna shares story behind Exo-Seat, a device to aid wheelchair users

July 15, 2021

The idea for the Exo-Seat came to Morgan Kauss when she was working as a caregiver for a local woman, Cindy, who has Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

Coors field as seen from the bleachers in center field

Hamlington on the physics of baseball at a mile high

July 7, 2021

Hamlington sat down with CU Boulder Today to talk about Coors Field’s reputation as a hitter’s park—and why science gives him a new appreciation for sports.

Massimo Ruzzene

Ruzzene Group featured in Nature publication on new field of twistronics

July 2, 2021

Researchers in mechanical engineering have published new findings that explore the properties of mechanical lattices, or opposed to atomic lattices, which are twisted relative to each other. The research is part of the new field of “twistronics” in physics and has potential applications in the design of new materials that are able to transmit or absorb sound.

Microscopic view of the kidney

Research paves way for new kidney treatment, potential synthetic transplant options

June 16, 2021

A new lab at CU Boulder is exploring how the extracellular matrix – a network of proteins that surrounds cells and provides structural and mechanical cues in the body – specifically impacts kidney growth, development and function.


How I built an electric bicycle

June 1, 2021

My name is Xander Sugarman, and I am a mechanical engineering student passionate about having fun on bicycles. I have always wanted an e-bike; however, they tend to be quite expensive, which is a major barrier to entry. After my summer internship was cancelled due to the pandemic, I applied...

Robert Reid

Machining internship provides valuable insight into the manufacturing process

June 1, 2021

During the summer of 2020, I had the opportunity to work with Hirsh Precision Products Inc. as a CNC machinist intern. Hirsh is a high-precision manufacturing company located in Gunbarrel, Colorado, that manufactures and assembles parts for a variety of industries including medical, aerospace and energy. I first heard of...

Virginia Ferguson and Mark Borden

Ferguson, Borden earn AB Nexus grants to partner with CU Anschutz

June 1, 2021

The researchers are studying pelvic organ prolapse and Type 1 diabetes.

Vance in the lab with a student

Vance to study changes in particles as they move between indoor, outdoor environments

May 20, 2021

Outdoor air pollution and its health impacts are well studied, but in reality, many people around the world spend the majority of their time indoors. That is especially true in developed nations like the United States, where we are regularly exposed to indoor air pollution while cooking or cleaning.

Shelly Miller working with student on clarinet

Shelly Miller awarded for research on COVID-19 transmission via singing

May 19, 2021

The coalition's studies have led to the creation of safety protocols for singing and playing musical instruments to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Solar District Cup team

Students win first place in national Solar District Cup competition

May 18, 2021

The team, which included mechanical engineering student Hannah Livingston, developed a large solar PV system.