Author: Emilie Rusch

Designing Opportunity: Human Centered Design Studio provides adaptive sports equipment for all ability levels

In Joel Bach’s lab, the governing question, the mission that motivates his work, isn’t why. It’s why not. If a visually impaired client wants to try archery, why not design a system that uses sound to help him aim safely and accurately? If a quadriplegic wants to go downhill mountain biking, why not engineer a better braking system and seat for a four-wheel bike to improve her ride? “What we can do, in part, is only limited by creativity,” said Bach, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Human Centered Design Studio. “As we start to do...

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Supporting health

Expanding its presence in the health-tech sector and Denver, Mines will join Catalyst HTI, a first-of-its-kind health care innovation hub that will bring together startups, established health care entities, nonprofits and academic organizations to spur collaboration and innovation. Mines plans to open a 1,700-square-foot office inside Catalyst HTI in early fall. The space will have an open workshop and classroom, be home to Capstone Design projects, career fairs, technology information sessions and a gallery showcasing student and faculty work.  “The biotech and health care industries offer great opportunities for Mines students and faculty who are working on the cutting...

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Strength test

Mines students took first place in the 2018 Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton Competition on May 5 at the University of Michigan. Exoskeletons—powered mechanical suits that augment the wearer’s strength and abilities—could be used to improve mobility for people with disabilities, help airport baggage handlers lift heavy bags or assembly line workers handle repetitive movements.  For the competition, students focused on firefighters, designing a strength-augmenting robotic exoskeleton to help bear the load of 75 pounds of firefighting equipment. After a design review to assess safety components and the time it took to suit up, the load-bearing leg exoskeletons and their operators...

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Leading the Future

Sajith Wijesuriya, a mechanical engineering PhD student, was among the young leaders from around the world who gathered at United Nations headquarters in New York in January to discuss the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities. He co-moderated one of the breakout sessions at the 2018 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, reporting back the takeaways to the main conference following the breakout discussion. Wijesuriya, whose work at Mines focuses on thermal energy storage and peak electricity demand management strategies, is the focal point for the Science Policy Interface Platform...

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Top Marks

Mines had its best team placement and individual placement in school history in the 2017 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the preeminent undergraduate mathematics competition in the United States and Canada. Sam Reinehr, a junior majoring in mathematics and computer science, placed 51st out of 4,638 total students who participated in the exam. Overall, the Mines team, comprising three pre-selected individuals, ranked 40th out of 575 participating institutions.  Both Reinehr and Mines freshman Matthew Iverson also had their names published in the official Putnam announcement, an honor reserved for top 500 scorers.  “The median on this year’s exam was...

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