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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Centers and Institutes

Aerosol Technology Research Group

The University of Denver Aerosol Group develops and builds instruments and sampling inlets that we and other groups then use to study aerosols. Most of our measurements are made from aircraft platforms. Aerosols are collections of particles suspended in gas. The atmospheric aerosol comes from natural processes and human activities.

Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics applies engineering principles to investigate clinically relevant issues. Using a combination of experimental and computational tools, the Center performs research in joint mechanics, human motion, musculoskeletal modeling, modeling fluid-solid interactions, wearable sensor systems, implant device testing, heart valve engineering and the Biomechanics of trauma.

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The faculty is committed to student experiences at all levels: undergraduate, MS, PhD and post-doctoral fellows. Graduate students within the program can complete the PhD in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Mechanical Engineering or Bioengineering degrees.

NSF Industry and University Cooeprative Research Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures

This center was established in 2014. The University of Denver in collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Michigan Technological University received this five year renewable grant to collaborate with corporations to further basic materials research. The Center’s mission is to provide a forum for industry/university cooperative research including evaluation, design, modeling, and development of novel advanced materials for high voltage/temperature (HV/T) applications for energy transfer, aerospace, automotive and other applications. The Center will also create a diverse and interdisciplinary educational and business environment for a large number of students, directly interacting with the best engineers in this area.

The three universities received membership commitments from nine major corporations, including Lockheed Martin, Western Area Power Administration, Southwire, Bonneville Power Administration, Composite Technology Development, BP, Boeing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and MacLean Power Systems, who pledged a total of $520,000 to support the research aims. These corporations and others who join will serve as the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) for the Center, approving projects, reviewing results, and allocating research funds to ensure that program aims are being met and that the research is industrially relevant.

Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The center was established in 2007 to conduct nano-science related research between several departments of the University of Denver. The goals of the center are to conduct state-of-the-art research in the area of nanoscience and nanoengineering and offer state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate education in the above area.

Center for Advanced Materials and Structures

This center was established in 1996 to conduct collaborative research between the Departments of Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, and Chemistry & Biochemistry. The Center has been heavily supported by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Electric Power Research Institute, and various US electric utilities.