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. 

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Experts weigh in on airborne transmission of COVID-19

July 9, 2020

The novel coronavirus may be able to travel from person to person through tiny particles floating in the air, according to a recent letter signed by 239 scientists from across the globe.


Return to Research: Animal Inspired Movement and Robotics Lab hits the ground running

June 30, 2020

CU Boulder researchers are gradually and safely returning to campus to continue their work in the lab. Read about Assistant Professor Kaushik Jayaram and graduate student Parker McDonnell's return to research.

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Idea Forge machine shop coordinator puts his sewing skills to the test

June 29, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, Greg Potts, machine shop coordinator in the Idea Forge, joined many others in pursuing a new hobby: mask-making. He has made over 250 masks and plans to sew at least 100 more.

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CU Boulder researchers uncover the secret to a faster soft actuator

June 29, 2020

Researchers in CU Boulder’s Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering recently uncovered new information that could revolutionize the design of electrohydraulic soft actuators to enable robots to perform at faster speeds.

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COVID-19 Research and Stories

June 29, 2020

It is the nature of an engineer to meet challenges with curiosity and persistence until a solution arises. Right now, our students and faculty meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic every day as they provide clear and accurate information for the public, take on and solve key research questions rapidly and collaborate with everyone at the table trying to solve the challenge.

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Return to Research: A new normal for the Labbe Lab

June 26, 2020

CU Boulder researchers are gradually and safely returning to campus to continue their work in the lab. Read about Assistant Professor Nicole Labbe's return to research.

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Research paper looks at exposure to airborne particulate matter in homes

June 17, 2020

A paper by Nina Vance discusses the importance of understanding exposure to particulate matter in residences and the health risks that result from exposure.

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Nathan McNeill to lead CMU-CU Engineering Partnership Program

June 17, 2020

McNeill, a mechanical engineering instructor in the program for the last eight years, will start the new position on July 1.


New paper from mechanical researchers explores endoskeletal droplet vaporization

June 17, 2020

Researchers found a new way of understanding the vaporization behavior of mixtures. The work is described in “Vaporizable Endoskeletal Droplets via Tunable Interfacial Melting Transitions,” a paper published in Science Advances this April.

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Spinout soft robotics company receives NSF SBIR funding

June 16, 2020

Artimus Robotics, a spinout company of CU Boulder’s Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering, recently received $225,000 through the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research Phase I program.