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College of Engineering and Applied Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver
 

Research

Tribology, Micro/Mesofluidics and Biomechanics


 

Overview

Microfluidics/Mesofluidics

We have the capability to construct microfluidic devices to perform electrophoresis and other functions in the handling of fluids. We also have the ability to construct these devices from both glass and polymers. In addition we are working on designing and constructing mesofluidic sensor devices.

Tribology

We’re currently working with NIST-Boulder on the tribological testing jet, diesel and biodiesel fuels for their lubricity.

Biomechanics

Currently we are working on developing simple prosthetic limbs for third-world countries.

Faculty Information

Ronald Rorrer, PhD, PE

Associate Professor
Phone: 303-556-2553
Fax: 303-556-6371
E-mail: ronald.rorrer@ucdenver.edu

Education

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1991
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1985
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1984

Employment

  • 2004-present Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado.
  • 1997-2004    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado.
  • 2000-2002 (Su)  Research Consultant, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Boulder, Colorado.
  • 2000 (Su) Visiting Professor and Technical Specialist, Defiance Engineering & Testing, Troy, Michigan.
  • 1998 (Su) Loctite Fellowship, Loctite Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1994-1997    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado.
  • 1992-1997    Advanced Technology Project Leader, The Gates Rubber Company, Denver, Colorado.
  • 1993-1996    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.
  • 1989-1991    Technical Assistant, Promatec Inc., Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • 1986-1987    Precision Mechanical Design Engineer, Martin Marietta, Orlando, Florida.

Laboratory

The department has a non-state-of-the-art research laboratory where students and faculty assemble microfluidics devices as well as prototype test equipment.

Related Courses

  • Design of Mechanical Elements
  • Senior Design I and II
  • Mechanical Systems Design,
  • Design with Polymers and Composites
  • Solid Modeling
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Tribology
  • Vibrations
  • Mechanisms
  • Science of Guitars
  • Mathematics and Science of Musical Instruments
  • Introduction to Dynamics
  • Intermediate Dynamics
  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Biomechanics

For complete, up-to-date course descriptions, visit the CU Denver academic catalog and search for the course names listed above.