The Center for Design Manufacturing & Fabrication, better known as the Machine Shop, is run by Mechanical Lab Manager Justin Huff on the first floor of The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. The Machine Shop at DU serves a variety of functions; certifying students on how to operate mechanical engineering machines, supporting research projects at DU by creating parts and fixtures for them, and providing the opportunity to participate in real-world project designs for third-party contractors.
In the Fall Quarter, Dr. Diana Chen visited the University of Denver’s Ritchie School of Computer Science and Engineering. She hosted a Lunch and Learn in November on the importance of incorporating Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives into curriculum to help better prepare students for the workforce.
In collaboration with colleagues, Dr. Chen is designing a new engineering curriculum to educate changemakers who understand that engineering is an inherently socio-technical activity. Chen is visiting from the University of San Diego and has hosted a Lunch & Learn about the sociotechnical lens on Thursday, October 27th. She will be at the University of Denver until December 15th and is hosting a workshop on how to incorporate Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives into curriculum on Friday, December 2.
Dr. Michelle Sabick, Dean of the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and biomechanics researcher, has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics. Throughout her career, Dean Sabick has been deeply involved in the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), serving in several leadership roles including Newsletter Editor, Communications Chair, and President.
Blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and the metaverse have captured the world by storm over the last two years as Covid forced global populations to move online. However, these terms and technological innovations have also received skepticism and doubt over their feasibility.
In partnership with Phemex, a crypto company located in Singapore, Clayton León, Marcus Paz, and Leo Walker have received a $9,000 research fellowship to study the real-world impact and future prospects surrounding these emerging technologies.
In particular, as a participant in the fellowship, Clayton will examine the top layer 1 blockchains and will give an assessment of the competitive overview to Phemex investors. Marcus will study another hot topic in the industry i.e., cryptocurrency mining’s impact on the environment. Finally, Leo will contribute industry-leading research on how the real estate sector may develop or be integrated with blockchain technology and NFTs.