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Sarah Lanci

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Confluence Hall 318



MS, Colorado School of Mines
BS, Michigan State University


Sarah Lanci received her bachelor of science in materials science and engineering from Michigan State University and went on to receive her master of science in metallurgical engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Lanci worked as a part and process engineer at an investment casting facility, PCC Structurals, in Portland, Ore., for seven years before relocating to Grand Junction in 2014. 

An assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Colorado Mesa University and University of Colorado-Boulder Partnership Program, Lanci teaches First-Year Engineering Projects, Manufacturing Processes and Systems, Engineering Economics and Ethics, Materials Science laboratory, Writing for Senior Design Projects and more. Her classes involve hands-on projects to engage students in team work and encourage them to think critically. She incorporates writing in all of her classes to allow students to gain experience with technical wording and formatting to prepare them for jobs in engineering and manufacturing.

Lanci's research interests include establishing and optimizing processes tailored toward manufacturing and establishing techniques to improve technical writing in undergraduate STEM programs.

Outside of work, Lanci enjoys taking advantage of the nearby mountain biking and hiking trails, rivers and ski areas.


Maclean, S.H., Pavlina, E.J., VanTyne, C.J., Bending Properties of Boron Sheet Steel Processed with Variable Cooling Rates, In Proc of 9th ICTP Conf, 2008