Water droplets moving.

Water droplets literally jump off a ‘water-hating’ material

Dec. 28, 2017

Insects that walk on the surface of ponds and self-cleaning lotus leaves are just two examples of the myriad ways nature has devised surfaces that are ultra–water-repellant. University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering Professors YC Lee and Ronggui Yang have devised their own versions of what are known as superhydrophobic...

Marina Vance in a labcoat.

Vance earns $1.25 million Sloan Foundation air quality grant

Dec. 18, 2017

Marina Vance , an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and core faculty of the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the chemistry of indoor environments, where people spend at least 90% of...

A student on an battery-operated drill-powered vehicle.

Flickr Album: Component Design Runoff Fall 2017

Dec. 14, 2017

Mechanical Engineering students took part in the Fall 2017 Component Design Competition runoff this week, facing off their battery-operated-drill-driven bicycles and tricycles against other teams of students. Component Design is a required junior level course that applies mechanics and materials science to the detailed design of various machine elements including...

Zhengwei Li

Zhengwei Li wins Best Dissertation Award

Dec. 13, 2017

Congratulations to Zhengwei Li for winning the inaugural Steven M. Woodward Outstanding Dissertation Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Li's research spans mechanics of stretchable electronics and optoelectronics, mechanics of soft materials, stretchable thin film, optical functional materials and nanomaterials. The objective of his thesis was to...

Ronggui Yang and Xiaobo Yin holding the metamaterial.

Cooling Metamaterial a Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of 2017

Dec. 11, 2017

Physics World has recognized a metamaterial film that provides cooling without the need for a power source, invented by CU Boulder mechanical engineering professors Ronggui Yang and Xiaobo Yin, as one of the Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2017. Made out of glass microspheres, polymer and silver, the material uses passive...

Katie Simon

November 2017 - Katie Simon

Dec. 11, 2017

My name is Katie Simon and I am a senior in the Mechanical Engineering department. I am very interested in biomedical engineering, and following my graduation in May, I plan to pursue a career in the medical device design field. I am the Chair of the Engineering Excellence Fund and...

Majed Al Hulayel

November 2017 - Majed Al Hulayel

Dec. 5, 2017

I am a senior undergraduate student pursuing a mechanical engineering degree. I was selected for the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. I currently work on the thermal properties measurements for air-film insulation in Dr. Ronggui Yang's Laboratory. I have been engaged in sensor selections for...

Mechanical engineering Associate Professor Mark Rentschler and three graduate students with an oversized version of a synthetic colon created as a senior design project. Rentschler is the lead scientist on a CU Boulder project to design a sophisticated robotic small intestine.

A robotic small intestine? Researchers are making one

Dec. 4, 2017

The day is coming when doctors-in-training can perfect certain medical practices on a robotic small intestine and test medical treatments on a human-made device vs. animals. Mechanical engineering Associate Professor Mark Rentschler is leading the effort to develop an artificial, robotic small intestine for use in medical laboratories. The research...

A panel of alumni speaking in a classroom.

Flickr Album: ME Alumni Connect Day

Nov. 27, 2017

40+ CU Boulder mechanical engineering alumni & friends met with students in class panels and one-on-one Friday, Nov. 10 to talk life after graduation.

Madalyn Kern

ME Alumni in Focus: Adjustable prosthesis offers mobility to the masses

Nov. 27, 2017

Amputees face a lifelong problem: Over time, as their residual limb inevitably changes shape, their prosthetic leg socket no longer fits. Without adjustments to the socket, the device becomes nearly useless. Enter Madalyn Kern, a CU Boulder mechanical engineering PhD graduate whose work focuses on medical-device design. Traveling to an...