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  • Mech 202 Project
    Locations Maps Overview Main Campus ERC EECL MERC Alumni Friends Overview Tell Us Your Story Industry Overview Undergraduate Program Course Projects MECH 202 Project Engineering Design II Quick Links M ore Information about Instructor Vermeulen L earn More About the Undergraduate Program Apply and Get Started Instructor Bert Vermeulen incorporates real world situations into his MECH 202 class inspiring his students to learn with purpose and have fun in the process In August 2010 33 Chilean miners became trapped 2 300 feet underground after the mine they were working in tragically collapsed For 69 days the men struggled to stay alive Vermeulen brought this event into the classroom and presented it as an opportunity to the students The assignment was to build a vehicle to theoretically rescue the miners from the collapsed mine however a few variables were different The vehicle would be traveling horizontally and the miners were Ping Pong balls with smiley faces drawn on them For six weeks 18 teams of students worked on their rescue vehicles Different teams approached the problem differently Some immediately fabricated something and tested it others spent time analyzing and sketching concepts and others saw this as an opportunity to learn how

    Original URL path: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/pages/undergraduate/mech202project.html (2016-04-27)
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  • NSF Career Award Research
    potentially toxic drugs Currently the Food and Drug Administration requires new drugs to undergo animal testing e g in rats as part of the preclinical screening process prior to initiation of human clinical trials however animal testing doesn t fully represent the human condition due to evolutionary differences in animal and human liver functions decreasing the credibility of the results Animals are less than 50 percent predictive of human drug induced liver injury which remains a leading cause of drug failures in both preclinical testing and in the broader marketplace Utilizing primary human liver cells from donor organs or derived from a patient s stem cells for drug testing could potentially avoid these discrepancies however these cells rapidly lose their in vivo in the body functions when transferred to a conventional culture dish in vitro literally in glass i e outside the body Furthermore the stem cell derived human liver cells or hepatocytes lack the functional maturity of adult primary cells To address this issue the Khetani Lab is utilizing microfabrication tools adapted from the semiconductor microchip industry to engineer a mini human liver mimic Perfecting the culture system that these cells live in outside of the body is an opportunity the Khetani Lab is exploring Currently the team is engineering the next generation of novel microfluidic devices with funding from the NSF CAREER award in which the liver cells and their supportive cell neighbors are perfused with liquid that mimics properties of human blood in order to allow cells to function as close to in vivo as possible Design of these devices relies not only on mechanical engineering i e fluid mechanics principles but also microfabrication tools adapted from the semiconductor industry i e electrical engineering Thus their research utilizes tools from biology electrical engineering and mechanical engineering to

    Original URL path: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/pages/research/health/MiniatureLiverResearch.html (2016-04-27)
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  • NIH Grant
    John Volckens was recently awarded a 2 8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the emissions and health effects of air pollution from cookstoves The research team led by Professor Volckens and co PI Professor Jennifer Peel will examine the hypothesis that cleaner burning stoves will improve the health of people who use them The first phase of this five year study will take place at CSU s Powerhouse and will shed light on the type of toxic compounds that are released from the combustion of wood charcoal and other biomass fuels Understanding what these emissions are composed of is crucial as this aspect of the study is poorly understood This information will not only assist in developing improved stove design but is critical in understanding how human health is affected The second phase includes recruiting volunteers to inhale wood smoke and measuring short term markers of cardiorespiratory health just hours after exposure For study volunteers this controlled exposure study will be equivalent to spending a couple hours around a campfire an activity that is very similar to those who use cookstoves on a daily basis around the globe This research will take place in a human exposure facility as seen in the photo above that was built by a mechanical engineering senior design team over the course of two semesters The construction of the facility which is basically a walk in cooler has a variety of safeguards in place Our team works really well together something we are extremely grateful for as teams were created without our direct input We ve been able to accomplish a lot to date and will produce a final product that we will take great pride in said team member Jaime Urban Dr Christian L Orange who is assisting Professor

    Original URL path: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/pages/research/health/NationalInstituteOfHealthGrant.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Mech 307 Project
    Locations Maps Overview Main Campus ERC EECL MERC Alumni Friends Overview Tell Us Your Story Industry Overview Undergraduate Program Course Projects Mechatronics Group Projects Earns 2015 Gadget of the Year from Design News Magazine Quick Links M ore Information about A ssociate Professor David Alciatore P rofessor Alciatore s Website Apply and Get Started The DDV IP or a Drink Deliver Vehicle Inverted Pendulum started out as an audacious undertaking but this MECH 307 group was thirsty for a challenge and it paid off Students Doug Swift Tyler Reedy Rob Harvey and Michael Habel weren t sure they could pull it off as the skills and software required were complicated but the team was determined The course taught by Dr Alciatore didn t require that all groups work on the same project giving students the opportunity to conceptualize a unique device There was a group of us and we had to incorporate six different features including items such as an Arduino manual input drivers motors and sensors said Swift Other than that it was freeform The dedicated team spent more than four months designing and building the complex Harvey came up with the concept during a brainstorm session and Habel did the majority of the coding The most difficult part was getting the control system to work None of us had the experience in control systems We could see the logic but it took trial and error to get it to work said Harvey The concept is a two wheeled self balancing robot controlled by a wireless RF remote and fit with a fancy LED lit serving tray With the title 2015 Gadget of the Year the team received 6000 They soon went on to present at the Pacific Design Manufacturing event in Anaheim Calif in February Unfortunately two weeks

    Original URL path: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/pages/undergraduate/mech307project.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Formula SAE 2015
    s First Electric Vehicle Quick Links O ther Senior Design Projects B ecome a Senior Design Project Sponsor Start your engines This year s Formula SAE Ram Racing team is bringing something new to the speedway an electric vehicle with a need for speed In June team members are hoping to achieve a top 10 finish at the national Intercollegiate Design Competition in Nebraska They will present at CSU E Days as well All previous models have been internal combustion vehicles using E85 ethanol so the challenge was to build an electric motor to outdo previous models performance and to complete it in one year This talented and dedicated group of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering seniors joined forces on this new concept overcoming both electrical and mechanical challenges The electric motor is powered by a 144 lithium cobalt oxide battery with a max 300 volt DC It operates at 80 kilowatts max power has about 236 lb ft of torque at the crank and a 4 1 gear reduction through the chain drive 944 lb ft of torque is available at the wheels The total weight of the vehicle is 625 pounds which is fair for the first model of its kind at CSU The generosity of a variety of sponsors has played a huge role in the elaborate concept of this electric vehicle Larger and long term sponsors include Woodward Lenovo Melasta Batteries Remy Motors HMS Motorsports 3R Automotive SRAM PTC Colorado Waterjet and Pioneer Engineering Other local businesses and private parties including team members families have also been extremely supportive The team has received 15 000 in cash and between 80 000 and 100 000 in in kind donations over the last two years Other team supporters include Ram Racing an undergraduate student organization initiated in 1996

    Original URL path: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/pages/undergraduate/senior-projects/FormulaSAE2015.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Tongue Device
    as effective in aiding those who have hearing loss Cochlear implants can be upwards of 40 000 and including training can be even more expensive Professor Williams said What we re shooting for is something in the few thousands of dollars that could work as good or even better Other drawbacks to having cochlear implants is the inherently risky procedure the additional damage they can cause to the inner ear and candidates must have most of their auditory system intact for the implants to do their job So how does the new device work Users push their tongues against a retainer like mouthpiece packed with tiny electrodes to feel a pattern of Bluetooth enabled electric vibrations The brain can be trained to translate these vibrations into words just as a cochlear implant would work with the auditory nerve We re taking and substituting touch on the tongue with signals that the brain could use and substitute for hearing Professor Williams said The tongue is a fascinating organ containing thousands of taste buds that connect to nerves running into the brain This area of the brain is capable of decoding complex information and this is what led him to his new research project So how did Professor Williams come up with the idea for this brilliant device After spending most of his career designing systems for space travel for NASA he found a new concentration after his obstacles in space travel were overcome Neuroscience and sensory substitution sparked his interest especially after he himself developed tinnitus a constant ringing in the ear After a year of designing and testing this device Professor Williams and CSU graduate student JJ Moritz realized its promising potential and filed for a provisional patent and also launched Sapien LLC to bring the technology to new heights

    Original URL path: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/pages/research/health/TongueDevice.html (2016-04-27)
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  • EDF Study: Quantifying Methane Emissions
    mechanical engineering associate professor and director of the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory led a 1 9 million EDF study that assessed emissions from gathering and processing facilities which are potentially major sources of methane emissions EDF s overall goal is to quantify the amount of methane leaking into the atmosphere from the natural gas supply chain Identification of the sources of methane emissions will suggest the measures that can be taken to reduce future emissions Currently the net leakage rate in this sector is not well known which poses a problem when understanding its effects if any to global warming human health and society On an intense timeline from October 2013 to April 2014 Professor Marchese and his team collected and assessed data from 114 gathering facilities and 16 processing plants across 13 states to determine if methane leakage occurred at higher rates than anticipated Other sectors also supported by the EDF evaluated other sectors of the natural gas supply chain This is an exciting study because it is by far the largest and most comprehensive data set ever collected on direct methane emissions from the gathering sector Professor Marchese said The results determined that 30 percent of the gathering facilities accounted for 80 percent of the methane emissions measured and methane loss rates at processing plants were much lower than that at gathering facilities Professor Marchese noted that Processing plants are generally much larger and permanently staffed and are required to report methane emissions to the EPA They are also required by federal law to repair any leaks within five days of detection Most gathering facilities aren t subject to those federal regulations This new knowledge Professor Marchese believes will provide valuable input to proposed rule changes in the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program that will require

    Original URL path: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/pages/research/energy/MethaneEmissions.html (2016-04-27)
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  • College of Engineering News Archive
    Holding CSU Reveals Papers of Star Water Lawyer Edwin and Yat Yee Chong Celebrate Citizenship of Their Adopted Son College Advisor Weekly Answers What is Engineering and Where Should I Go to College Colorado State University Featured in the Princeton Review s College Guide The Best 361 Colleges Colorado State University Ranked Among the Best Universities in the Nation According to U S News and World Report Sandra Woods Appointed Interim Dean of Colorado State University s College of Engineering ISTEC and Apple Sponsor Computer Workshops April 26 Colorado State University Hosts Colorado State University Hosts Information and Science Technology Research Colloquium April 13 14 Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering Lecture Series Afghanistan s Senior Adviser Delivers Presentation at Colorado State University November 9 International Policy Makers Educators and Industry Focus on Air Quality at Colorado State Conference Oct 5 8 Colorado State University Hosts State s High School Students for Information Science and Technology Day Colorado State University Ranks in the Top Tier of U S News and World Report s 2005 America s Best Colleges College of Engineering Welcomes New Faculty Colorado State University Designates 15 Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence Colorado State University Names Rex Sjostrom 2004 College of Engineering Alumnus College of Engineering Ranked One of the Nation s Best by U S News and World Report Colorado State University Graduate Programs Rank Among Best in Nation College Announces Spring 2004 Engineering Commencement Speaker New Dean of College of Engineering Begins Duties March 18 Madeleine Albright to Speak at Colorado State University March 31 Colorado State Dean of Engineering Announces Plans to Resign Biochemical Engineer James McMillan to Speak at Fall Commencement Civil Engineering Classified Staff Member Recognized for Distingquished Service Civil Engineering Classfied Staff Member Recognized for Distinguished Service Two Atmospheric Science Administrative

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