BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Historic preservation and sustainability guidelines

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Reilly Rosbotham, Historic Preservation and Sustainability Guidelines

Historic Preservation and Sustainability Guidelines for Colorado Main Streets
Student Researcher:
 Reilly Rosbotham
 
Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary 

Historic preservation and sustainability often go hand-in-hand. This project helps inform public entities, non-profits, property owners, and tenants on the best practices for preserving historic Colorado Main Streets sustainably. These recommendations range from large-scale interventions to much smaller projects, all the way from transitioning an entire community to solar energy to minor maintenance and repair on historic buildings. The guidebook includes a wide array of resources to help users achieve their desired outcomes, showing that projects incorporating both preservation and sustainability can be practically and financially feasible. Each guideline and resource is tailored to be most useful to people who are passionate about the life and vibrancy of small Colorado communities.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Historic preservation and sustainability guidelines

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Reilly Rosbotham, Historic Preservation and Sustainability Guidelines

Historic Preservation and Sustainability Guidelines for Colorado Main Streets
Student Researcher:
 Reilly Rosbotham
 
Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary 

Historic preservation and sustainability often go hand-in-hand. This project helps inform public entities, non-profits, property owners, and tenants on the best practices for preserving historic Colorado Main Streets sustainably. These recommendations range from large-scale interventions to much smaller projects, all the way from transitioning an entire community to solar energy to minor maintenance and repair on historic buildings. The guidebook includes a wide array of resources to help users achieve their desired outcomes, showing that projects incorporating both preservation and sustainability can be practically and financially feasible. Each guideline and resource is tailored to be most useful to people who are passionate about the life and vibrancy of small Colorado communities.