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.  

Phillips County Survey and National Register Nominations

Date: 1/1/12
Principal Researchers:
  • Ekaterini Vlahos
  • Abbey Christman
  • Diana Krogmeier
  • Joe Coleman
  • Sarah Rosenberg
  • Kathleen King
Location: Phillips County, CO

Documenting the communities, farms, and landscapes of Phillips County is essential to understanding, preserving, and interpreting the history of the region as well as laying a foundation for preservation planning, heritage tourism, and economic development. The goal of this project is to record and interpret Phillips County’s rich agricultural heritage, from individual farmsteads to the local communities. Through coursework and internships, students engaged in the project have learned to conduct cultural resource surveys and landscape documentation, while examining larger rural preservation issues related to the region.

The project includes:

  • Town-wide surveys of historic buildings and sites in Haxtun, Holyoke, and Paoli with results presented in survey reports including histories, discussions of common types and styles of buildings, identification of individually significant buildings and historic districts, and a database of all buildings surveyed.

  • National Register Nominations for five Phillips County farmsteads.

  • Multiple Property Documentation Form for Phillips County historic resources.

  • Public outreach including presentations, collecting historical information from the community, and assisting with the production of community walking tours.

Products:

BIRD Past Research Projects

Phillips County Survey and National Register Nominations

Date: 1/1/12
Principal Researchers:
  • Ekaterini Vlahos
  • Abbey Christman
  • Diana Krogmeier
  • Joe Coleman
  • Sarah Rosenberg
  • Kathleen King
Location: Phillips County, CO

Documenting the communities, farms, and landscapes of Phillips County is essential to understanding, preserving, and interpreting the history of the region as well as laying a foundation for preservation planning, heritage tourism, and economic development. The goal of this project is to record and interpret Phillips County’s rich agricultural heritage, from individual farmsteads to the local communities. Through coursework and internships, students engaged in the project have learned to conduct cultural resource surveys and landscape documentation, while examining larger rural preservation issues related to the region.

The project includes:

  • Town-wide surveys of historic buildings and sites in Haxtun, Holyoke, and Paoli with results presented in survey reports including histories, discussions of common types and styles of buildings, identification of individually significant buildings and historic districts, and a database of all buildings surveyed.

  • National Register Nominations for five Phillips County farmsteads.

  • Multiple Property Documentation Form for Phillips County historic resources.

  • Public outreach including presentations, collecting historical information from the community, and assisting with the production of community walking tours.

Products: