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Soltys, Mike

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research overview

  • Dr. Soltys has a PhD in Civil Engineering studying turbulent reacting flows. Dr. Soltys is interested in engineering education research, and is a leader in practicing Engineering Education at CU. He is also an expert in experimental system design, statistics and data analysis, laser induced fluorescence, and image processing.


  • turbulent reacting flows, engineering education,


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courses taught

  • GEEN 1010 - Engineering Explorations Through Physics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Explore the world of engineering through understanding physics concepts, engaging in active learning assignments, and conducting hands-on labs and experiments. Students will analyze product designs and engineering decisions based on the physics surrounding the situation. Formerly COEN 1010.
  • GEEN 1400 - Engineering Projects
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    First-year students solve real engineering design problems in interdisciplinary teams. Design projects vary by section. Curriculum focuses on iterative design process, teamwork and team dynamics, supporting design with testing and analysis, and technical writing. Completed projects are exhibited at an end-of-semester design expo. Students responsible for contributing towards their design project budget and poster costs, and purchasing safety glasses (approximately $75).
  • GEEN 2400 - Engineering Projects for the Community
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Design engineering products for local community clients, with emphasis on humanitarian engineering and integrated systems with electrical, mechanical, and software components. Students are challenged to take design projects to a higher level by requiring an additional iteration through the design cycle and more engaged user-testing, in order to infuse student projects with the robustness necessary for public-use products.
  • GEEN 2851 - Statics for Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines vector treatment of force systems and their resultants; equilibrium of frames and machines, including internal forces and three-dimensional configurations; static friction; properties of surfaces, including first and second moments; hydrostatics; and minimum potential energy and stability. Degree credit not granted for this course and CVEN 2121 and MCEN 2023.
  • GEEN 3852 - Thermodynamics for Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Explores fundamental concepts and basic theory, including first and second laws of thermodynamics, properties, states, thermodynamic functions and cycles. Links theory and application with labs and a design project involving a functioning thermodynamic process. Same as MCEN 3012.
  • GEEN 3853 - Data Analysis for Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Learn to design and execute experiments and analyze the results. Topics covered include measurement fundamentals, design of experiments, elementary statistics and uncertainty analysis. Topics include probability, error propagation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, one- and two-factor ANOVA and time series analysis. Same as MCEN 3047.
  • MCEN 2023 - Statics and Structures
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Covers statics of particles, equivalent force systems, rigid bodies, equilibrium of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, analysis of truss and frame structures, uniaxially-loaded members, distributed force systems and friction. Degree credit not granted for this course and CVEN 2121 or GEEN 2851.


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