Niki Singlaub, Class of 1997

Niki Singlaub graduated from the CSU mechanical engineering program in 1997 and has been designing, developing, engineering, and launching new products ever since. He currently resides with his family in Bend, Oregon.


His current and first independent project is the Hydaway Bottle. It is a BPA-free, collapsible water bottle that conveniently fits into a pocket, portable for usage anywhere at any time.

Singlaub came up with the Hydaway concept while traveling as a freelance product developer. “Trying to stay hydrated in different countries, climates, and elevations, while spending time both in business meetings and in the mountains inspired this water bottle concept. I was looking for a durable, stable, fully-functioning water bottle that collapsed enough to fit in my back pocket. I was really surprised I couldn’t find anything like the Hydaway bottle out there.”

The popularity of the Hydaway Bottle became evident when its Kickstarter campaign successfully climbed to the top 0.7% of all-time Kickstarter fundraising. “So much of my ability to problem solve the product design and manufacturing I attribute to my CSU ME education.”