Exoplanet mapping instrument

Bringing space inside the lab: Researchers replicate the climates of exoplanets to help find extraterrestrial life

Dec. 15, 2021

Professor Greg Rieker and Ryan Cole (PhDMechEngr’21) have developed an experiment that recreates the climates of planets beyond our solar system right in the lab. By reaching the same high-temperature and high-pressure conditions found on many exoplanets, the instrument can map their atmospheres, which could help humanity detect life outside our solar system.

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Rieker lab explores new technology for measuring angular velocity in fluid flows

May 13, 2021

Researchers in Associate Professor Greg Rieker's lab are developing a machine learning-based signal processing scheme facilitates measuring the angular velocities in fluid flows using small particles that traverse beams of structured light.

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Researchers develop patient-specific models to prevent repeat strokes

Dec. 19, 2020

With diagnostic technologies being developed by Assistant Professor Debanjan Mukherjee of the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder, engineers and clinicians are hopeful some strokes may soon be prevented.

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Emeritus Professor John Daily becomes NSF rotator

Oct. 27, 2020

Emeritus Professor John Daily was selected to be an NSF rotator, or program director, for the Combustion and Fire Systems Program. He is looking forward to providing direction in the field by encouraging conversations about the important questions and future needs.

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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.


Burning up: CU researchers use unique tunnel to study wildfires

Sept. 11, 2019

CU Boulder researchers Peter Hamlington and Greg Rieker are using experiments and computations in a new sloping wind tunnel to study how wildfires form and move across different landscapes, applying cutting edge research tools.

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A bright future for combustion research, Rieker receives Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award

July 29, 2019

Associate Professor Greg Rieker has been awarded two top international awards: the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award and the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award.

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Peter Hamlington receives prestigious NSF CAREER award

April 12, 2019

Assistant Professor Peter Hamlington received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation this month for his work exploring the characteristics and behavior of highly turbulent premixed flames in engines using advanced computational simulations. He will receive $500K over five years.

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CU Boulder mechanical engineers ‘on fire’ at the 11th U.S. National Combustion Meeting

April 1, 2019

Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty and students had great showing at the 11th U.S. National Combustion Meeting. Faculty members were honored with awards, gave two of the three flagship plenary lectures, took on new board memberships and led three critical combustion events.

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Greg Rieker selected for the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award

Oct. 11, 2018

Greg Rieker was selected for the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award, considered among the highest honors for young scientists in his field. He received the award while attending the sixth FLAIR international conference in September 2018.