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.  

St. Vrain Creek restoration assessment

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Sam Lasher, St. Vrain Creek Restoration Assessment

St. Vrain Creek Restoration Assessment
Student Researcher:
 Samantha Lasher
 
Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary

On September 12, 2013 17 inches of rain fell across the Colorado Front Range and triggered a 500-year flood along the St. Vrain Creek in the small town of Lyons. Homes, businesses, and roads were damaged and all residents had to evacuate. Most of Lyons has recovered, with the exception of a few places, such as the site located at 4652 Ute Highway. This project will highlight how the Town of Lyons and the site’s owner, Generator Real Estate, LLC, can adequately restore this portion of the St. Vrain Creek while integrating resiliency and environmental concerns and identify ways in which different restoration strategies will affect future development on the site. Additionally, general river restoration resources are provided for the Town of Lyons to use in the event of future floods.

BIRD Past Research Projects

St. Vrain Creek restoration assessment

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Sam Lasher, St. Vrain Creek Restoration Assessment

St. Vrain Creek Restoration Assessment
Student Researcher:
 Samantha Lasher
 
Link to Capstone Poster      
Link to Executive Summary

On September 12, 2013 17 inches of rain fell across the Colorado Front Range and triggered a 500-year flood along the St. Vrain Creek in the small town of Lyons. Homes, businesses, and roads were damaged and all residents had to evacuate. Most of Lyons has recovered, with the exception of a few places, such as the site located at 4652 Ute Highway. This project will highlight how the Town of Lyons and the site’s owner, Generator Real Estate, LLC, can adequately restore this portion of the St. Vrain Creek while integrating resiliency and environmental concerns and identify ways in which different restoration strategies will affect future development on the site. Additionally, general river restoration resources are provided for the Town of Lyons to use in the event of future floods.