People



Mark Mountain Biking Mark Jarvis - I received a B.A. in Biology from Reed College in Portland, OR, and completed my undergraduate engineering requirements at the University of Colorado at Denver.  I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Eningeering department at CU Boulder and work as a graduate intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  My research interests are focused on reaction mechanism development for biomass thermchemical conversion.  Specifically,  I study the pyrolysis of lignin model compounds in high temperature, short residence time reactors with detection by single photon ionization, time of flight mass spectroscopy, and matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy.  Ab-initio methods are used to construct relative energy diagrams for model compounds to aide in interpretation of experimental data.  In my free time I enjoy mountain biking along the front range and spending time with my wife and 1 year old son Liam. 


Kim Jasch - I received my undergraduate chemistry and mechanical engineering degrees from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  I've had work experience as a technical aid at 3M and most recently as a intern performance engineer with Xcel Energy.  When I'm not studying and working I like to run marathons.  So far I've run Twin Cities, Grandma's, Boston, and Chicago. Also, some day when I have finally decided to stop going to school I would like to design my own house (this has been a dream of mine since elementary school).  Picture: a photo of me overlooking the city of Bamako in Mali, Africa. Kim in Mali

Jim Nabity James Nabity - Jim received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1983 and his MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1989. Jim will receive a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 2007.  Jim worked at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake from 1983 to 1999. In 1996, he was elected a Naval Air Warfare Center Technical Fellow for his contributions to combustion research. Upon leaving China Lake, he joined TDA Research Inc. as aerospace technology staff and has worked there for the past 8 years. Overall, he has 24 years experience in the research and development of advanced propulsion and aerospace systems.  His current research interests are in spacesuit thermal control and MEMS atomization and propulsion.

Bret Vanpoppel -  I am a Major in the U.S. Army.  After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1992, I have held a number of jobs in the Army over the past 15+ years, including Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and Support Platoon Leader for the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  After completing M.S. at MIT in 2001 (Aeronautics and Astronautics), I spent three years on the faculty at USMA in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.  My wife, Chrisanne, and I have two children: Will, son, 6 years; Charlee, daughter, 4 years.  I am an avid runner, and the whole family is into Colorado activities--hiking, biking, skiing, and camping. The picture is me running the Snowman Shuffle. Bret at Snowman