Peter Laz is an Associate Professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He has been an investigator on industry, federal (NSF, NIH) and foundation grants and authored 30+ journal papers and 85+ conference publications. He also received the Best Teacher Award for DU’s Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2010. He received his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and his MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He was a Fulbright scholar in Germany and also worked at Southwest Research Institute before joining the faculty at DU in 2001.