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.  

Safe Routes for Youth in Westwood

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Val Henao, Safe Routes to School Westwood

Safe Routes for Youth 2020: Westwood Neighborhood, Denver, CO
Student Researcher:
 Val Henao
 
Link to Capstone Poster
Link to Executive Summary 

Westwood is a diverse, low-income neighborhood in Denver, one of its most pressing community problems is mobility safety, both for pedestrians and bicyclists. The organization Westwood Unidos has as a goal to provide the neighborhood youth safe access to newly improved amenities like parks. Currently, student have limited access to information and knowledge about the safest routes to move around between schools and parks. This project evaluates the most reliable roads by a mix of community mapping with school kids and families, spatial analysis of existing data, and the evaluation of current infrastructure projects, to provide an easily accessible map of safest routes from schools to parks. Mapping mobility safety can be a valuable tool to emulate in communities with similar challenges in Denver and the US.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Safe Routes for Youth in Westwood

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Val Henao, Safe Routes to School Westwood

Safe Routes for Youth 2020: Westwood Neighborhood, Denver, CO
Student Researcher:
 Val Henao
 
Link to Capstone Poster
Link to Executive Summary 

Westwood is a diverse, low-income neighborhood in Denver, one of its most pressing community problems is mobility safety, both for pedestrians and bicyclists. The organization Westwood Unidos has as a goal to provide the neighborhood youth safe access to newly improved amenities like parks. Currently, student have limited access to information and knowledge about the safest routes to move around between schools and parks. This project evaluates the most reliable roads by a mix of community mapping with school kids and families, spatial analysis of existing data, and the evaluation of current infrastructure projects, to provide an easily accessible map of safest routes from schools to parks. Mapping mobility safety can be a valuable tool to emulate in communities with similar challenges in Denver and the US.