Technology & Science

Protecting & improving our world

We're proud of our long tradition of cultivating innovation in science and technology. Our researchers use their ideas to contribute not only to their fields, but also to their communities. DU student and faculty researchers have helped increase the understanding of the relationship between momentum and light, developed a new imaging system to measure oxygen levels within the human body and worked to improve cyber-security technology.

We do everything we can to help our student researchers make their contributions felt both locally and globally. Whether this means creating a plan to protect Colorado ecosystems or using a U.S. Department of Energy grant to improve solar technology worldwide, our students have the opportunity to use their unique perspectives and skills to improve our world.

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    Excellent Facilities

    We have a variety of facilities for scientific research and experimentation, including a brand new 110,000 square foot building housing the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. designed to expand our engineering research efforts.

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    Global Connections

    We collaborate with numerous institutes and organizations, ranging from the National Renewable Energy Lab to Nike.

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    Eye On The Future

    We're working on expanding our engineering and computer science programs by 30 percent, which will increase current research in fields such as cyber security, software engineering, sustainable energy distribution and mechatronics.

Engineering Solutions

DU undergraduate engineering students research athletic shoe performance.
Undergrads Team with Nike

DU undergraduate engineering students teamed up with Nike to assess the stability of athletic shoes. Combining medical science and engineering, their work could help reduce injury and improve performance.

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The Ritchie School's Innovation Floor at the University of Denver.
Innovation Floor

The Ritchie School's Innovation Floor fosters experimentation and creativity. The interdisciplinary co-working zone features an incubator, innovation lab and event space.

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Providing Creative Solutions to Complex Problems

Student and faculty researchers consistently confirm our belief in the power of creativity with their unique ideas. A major current project underway at DU is the investigation of the use of carbon nanotubes, a material ten thousand times thinner than a human hair, as a component of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. The project has the potential to greatly lessen the environmental impact of such systems, and could very well lead to the most significant advances in refrigeration technology since the late 18th century.

Past accomplishments include using insights gained from playing Chinese Checkers to create a new method of searching computer memory and developing games to improve early math education. These are just a few of the unconventional and creative solutions our researchers use in their work. By encouraging individual ideas like these, we can maximize our chance to arrive at conclusions that would be impossible to reach by conventional means.

Technology & Science Research Organizations

Robots & Sensors for the Human Well-Being

Robots & Sensors for the Human Well-Being (ROSE-HUB) works to develop robotic and sensor technology to improve human lives on a variety of levels. The Center explores robotics for surgery and rehabilitation, weather prediction, improvements to agriculture and the power grid, and cybersecurity. ROSE-HUB's objective is to create systems that will impact our society on a broad level and improve well-being for all.

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Aerosol Research Group

The University of Denver Aerosol Group develops and builds technology for the study of aerosols, or particles suspended in gas. These versatile tools are frequently used to help understand the effects and extent of climate change, ozone depletion and pollution. Aerosol Group technologies have traveled to the North Pole, Antarctica and numerous points in-between, and have been used by NASA, NOAA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Unmanned Systems Research Institute

Before Amazon can deliver packages by drone, serious technological issues need to be addressed. The DU Unmanned Systems Research Institute works to tackle these issues by developing a super light weight radar system that can be used to sense and avoid, and by providing significant technical advances to automated flight capabilities. Currently, the Institute is working on issues of lift and drag with an unconventional wing design.

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Research opportunities are available at the undergraduate and graduate level. 

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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Corinne Lengsfeld

Senior Vice Provost for Research & Graduate Education