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. 

DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Drones go underground in high-stakes competition

Feb. 6, 2020

Over three years, teams of researchers from across the world will vie against each other to push their robotics knowledge to the limits—designing vehicles that can navigate underground environments.

3D printing in space with Gregory Whiting

CU researchers to explore 3D printing in reduced gravity with NASA grant

Feb. 4, 2020

Gregory Whiting and his research group are preparing for the thrill of a lifetime: two parabolic flights, each expected to provide around ten total minutes of reduced gravity to test and model how 3D printing of functional materials works in lunar gravity.

Lawrence Smith

Graduate Student of the Month - Lawrence Smith

Feb. 1, 2020

Lawrence Smith is researching efficient simulation of solid mechanics problems for the purpose of automated design of soft robotic systems. He enjoys 3D printing, cooking, billiards and running.

Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student welding

CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering Department gets new name

Jan. 30, 2020

The highly-ranked Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder is being named after Colorado philanthropist and businessman Paul M. Rady, thanks to his generous support of the college. This is the second department to be named in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Julie Steinbrenner and Kat McConnell

ME educators recognized by college for supporting students beyond the classroom

Jan. 24, 2020

The College of Engineering and Applied Science awarded Katherine McConnell the Outstanding Staff Award and Julie Steinbrenner the Charles A. Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award.

Student Experiential Education origin story photo of students networking

Student Experiential Education transforms professional development for mechanical engineers at CU Boulder

Jan. 24, 2020

A generous donation began the official launch of Student Experiential Education, an effort designed to enhance connections between students and industry.

Aluminum Casting Lab

Industry input sparks new experiences for manufacturing students

Jan. 14, 2020

CU Boulder’s manufacturing class now incorporates guest speakers, company tours, a manufacturing industry panel and a variety of active learning opportunities thanks to input from industry professionals.

Christopher Kling

Undergraduate Student of the Month - Christopher Kling

Jan. 13, 2020

Christopher Kling's passion for engineering started as a small child building planes and cars out of Legos. Currently, he is working in the Precision Laser Diagnostics Lab where he is helping build a wildfire wind tunnel.

Bill Jann CU Buff

Fresh start at CU Boulder leads to a lifetime of success for World War II veteran

Jan. 9, 2020

CU Boulder gave World War II veteran Bill Jann (MechEngr’49) a fresh start after he returned from combat. He went on to work on the Pershing Weapon System during the Cold War.

Sadie Stutzman

Graduate Student of the Month - Sadie Stutzman

Jan. 1, 2020

Sadie Stutzman studies the fundamental chemistry of how fuels decompose during pyrolysis and combustion. She uses experiments and theory to understand fuel behavior which she uses to create a model and predict the impact a fuel has on things such as engine performance and emissions.