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

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University of Denver Awarded New NSF Industry and University Cooperative Research Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures

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.

After a thorough review process, NSF approved the establishment of this new Center to be one of only 42 engineering collaborative research centers in the entire country. In founding the Center, 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.  (full press release)

Companies interested in becoming a member or seeking more information should contact Dr. Maciej Kumosa. or Eva Hakansson, Marketing Director of the University of Denver site.

New High-Speed Stereo Radiography System in the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

A High Speed Stereo Radiography System, also called biplane fluoroscopy, is an accurate imaging technique allowing researchers to track the motion of bones and implants while patients perform a variety of activities. This is useful for investigating pathology in joints and evaluating how well joint replacement implants reproduce natural motions.

"The new system will enable understanding and improve treatment of orthopaedic pathologies from the cervical spine to the foot, and we are excited to contribute to helping patients thrive," said Paul Rullkoetter, a professor at the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department. Students and researchers at the University already partner with Colorado Joint Replacement at Porter Adventist Hospital and hope this new addition will grow new collaborations with area surgeons and implant manufacturers.

"We are extremely excited about our partnership with the engineers at DU to push orthopaedic research to a whole new level," said Raymond Kim, orthopaedic surgeon with Colorado Joint Replacement at Porter Adventist Hospital. "The biplanar fluoroscopy system will have an extremely powerful impact on our ability to study knee and hip replacements by helping us understand the way joints behave and move, which will allow us to optimize surgical technique, as well as design future total joint implants that can further improve patient outcomes."

The System was developed with support from the National Science Foundation and is currently housed at the Human Dynamics Lab inside the Ritchie Center. It will find a permanent home inside the new building for the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, which breaks ground this May.

For further information on partnering with the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics please visit their website.