This event was held February 10, 2017 for prospective CU Boulder Mechanical Engineering graduate students. During this hour and a half live streaming event, our panelists (all current graduate students) answered questions regarding the program, focus areas, campus and anything else you would need to know before deciding our program is right for you.

Missed the live webcast? Watch the recorded video below.


Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. MST (Not in the states? Check to see what time this will be for you!)
Location: Watch online or listen via phone (Live stream and call-in information below.)


Tim Morrissey Tim Morrissey is a 4th Year PhD student on the material science track in the mechanical engineering department He is the lab manager in the Keplinger Research Group, performing research on energy generation and soft actuators.  Tim also serves as the department's Lead TA.  Prior to CU, he received a B.S. in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 2011, worked as a research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and taught K-12 around the world.


Sienna Schweitzer Magee
Sienna is a masters student in the mechanical engineering department pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Management.  Prior to CU she received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in 2016.  She is also currently working part time at Vention Medical.

Amanda Makowiecki
Amanda is in her third year in the Ph.D. program at CU. She works with Dr. Greg Rieker to develop laser based sensors for measurements in harsh environments focusing on applications to space propulsion and wildfire ignition. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2014 and her Master's degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016. In her free time Amanda enjoys skiing, mountain biking and hiking as well as volunteering at the local humane society.

Hongtian Zhu
Hongtian Zhu is a first year master's student working in Prof. Franck Vernerey's group. His current work mainly focuses on modeling soft active materials. He graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai with a B.S. in Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation.

Cory Rogers
Cory is a first year Ph.D. student working for Dr. Nicole Labbe in chemical kinetic combustion modeling of advanced fuels and biofuels. He graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. Cory is a volunteer with YoungLife in Boulder as well as the Winter Park Express ski train.

Bhavya Senwar
Bhavya is a first year Ph.D. student working for Dr. Virginia Ferguson in Bio-mechanics testing properties of a newly developed nanogel based dental adhesive. She graduated in 2016 with Bachelor's and Master's degree in Aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.

You can submit questions up to and during the event. Please submit your questions using our online form

We strongly encourage submitting before the event.

Please note, to use time efficiently, we will only be answering questions submitted online.

If you miss the event, or have other questions aftward, contact

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Meeting ID: 485 815 856

Please note:

As to use time efficiently, you must submit all questions using the online form. This event will only allow panelists to be heard.