Undergraduate Level

Curtis Huggins

Research Spotlight - Curtis Huggins

During the summer of my sophomore year my dad and I built a 20’x30’x18’ active solar greenhouse which circulates air between two plenums connected by 900 ft of perforated corrugated pipe within a 3000 cubic foot soil heatsink below the greenhouse. The system captures daytime heat and moisture, stores it...
Levi Pearson

Research Spotlight - Levi Pearson

I am a BS/MS student in my fifth year with Dr. Mark Rentschler in his lab the Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory (AMTL). I started in the AMTL during my Junior year, working on fabricating soft robots. My research in undergrad focused mainly on molding and fabricating different geometries for a...
Timothy Werder

Timothy Werder

My research experience began at CU Boulder under the direction of a graduate student, Bret Boyle, and his advisor, Prof. Garret Miyake, of the Materials Science and Engineering Department as well as the Chemistry Department. Prof. Miyake then moved his lab to the Department of Chemistry within Colorado State University,...
Majed Al Hulayel

November 2017 - Majed Al Hulayel

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...
Sean Sundberg

October 2017 - Sean Sundberg

Sean Sundberg is a 3rd year undergraduate mechanical engineering student working in Dr. Rong Long’s Nonlinear Mechanics Laboratory (NML). In broad terms, this research group is interested in the mechanics of soft materials and flexible structures; combining experimental testing with computational modeling to develop a deeper understanding of their behaviors...
Alex O'Brien

April 2017 - Alex O'Brien

I am a fourth year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student, and this is my second year working in Professor Mark Rentschler's Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory (AMTL). My research is primarily focused on the effects of thermal tissue fusion on biological tissue. Most recently, I was selected for the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship...
Kyle Kolanowski

March 2017 - Kyle Kolanowski

My name is Kyle Kolanowski, and I am a Colorado native pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at CU. I have really enjoyed seeing all that my engineering education has encompassed, and I'm excited to see how my education will allow me to contribute to society in the future. I...
Alexa Reed

February 2017 - Alexa Reed

I am a third year Mechanical Engineering student working on the Biomedical Engineering Minor. My interests include eating delicious food, petting dogs, skiing, and traveling with my family. I enjoy working with my research team to develop an autonomous hovercraft and a summer course teaching high school students to develop...

Graduate Level

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Rene Nsanzineza - Air Quality

Rene Nsanzineza is a 5th year PhD candidate in Professor Jana Milford’s group. This research group specializes in regional and local air quality modeling with focus on the environmental impacts of energy systems. Rene’s research focuses on the air quality implications of future scenarios for oil and natural gas production...
Carlye Lauff

Carlye Lauff - Design Theory and Methodology

Carlye Lauff is a 5th year PhD candidate and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is co-advised by Dr. Mark Rentschler and Dr. Daria Kotys-Schwartz, who are the co-Directors of Design Center Colorado. Carlye’s research is in the field of Design Theory and Methodology, and her research studies...
Micah Prendergast Medical

Micah Prendergast - Biomedical

Micah Prendergast is 5th year PhD student in Dr. Mark Rentschler’s Advanced Medical Technologies Lab (AMTL). This research group specializes in the design and control of surgical robotic systems, including the development of novel surgical tools and devices. Micah’s research focuses on the design and development of robotic capsule endoscopes...
Eric Acome

Eric Acome - Materials

Eric is a second-year PhD student working in the Keplinger Research Group, which specializes in soft machines and materials that can be used for actuators, sensors, and energy generation. Eric focuses on soft actuators and he is currently working on a new type of reliable, high performance soft electrostatic actuator...
Doug Fankell

Doug Fankell - Biomedical

I am currently a fourth year Ph.D. student in Dr. Mark Rentschler’s Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory. My current research consists primarily of developing a large deformation, thermo-poromechanics finite element model to simulate the heat transport, water transport and deformation of biological tissue when acted upon by outside forces. Currently, my...
Carlye Lauff laughs during a design workshop in the Idea Forge.

Fellowship for the Win - Designing Down Under

Carlye Lauff, a mechanical engineering PhD student studying design, is taking her research to the land of kangaroos and...
Madalyn Kern

Madalyn Kern - Biomedical

Madalyn is a senior PhD student and works with Dr. Mark Rentschler in the Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory (AMTL). Her work has been focused on characterizing adhesion between a micro-patterned substrate and a soft synthetic biological tissue. While the direct application for her work is in optimizing the mobility of...
Ricardo Piedrahita

Ricardo Piedrahita

Ricardo’s primary research interests are low-cost air quality monitoring, cookstove adoption, and pollution exposure assessment and modeling. His dissertation research is part of REACCTING, a project in Northern Ghana performing personal, microenvironmental, and regional air quality measurements as part of a cookstove intervention study. He is currently working on developing...
Xin Qian

Xin Qian Focus Area: Heat and Phonon Transport - Ronggui Yang Lab

Xin Qian Focus Area: Heat and Phonon Transport - Ronggui Yang Lab Xin is a third-year PhD student working with Professor Ronggui Yang. His work focuses on modeling and characterizing thermal transport properties in novel materials with promising applications in solar cells and light emitting diodes and batteries to address...
Zhengwei Li

Zhengwei Li - Mechanics of Materials and Micro/Nano

Zhengwei Li is a senior PhD student working with Professor Jianliang Xiao. Li's work spans a few different areas, including mechanics of stretchable electronics and optoelectronics, mechanics of soft materials, stretchable thin film, optical functional materials and nanomaterials. He is now studying hierarchical wrinkling of thin films on both flat...