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University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Spring Semester 2016 Mechanical Engineering departmental graduation recognition event was held May 13th in the Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower Auditorium, +PLUS later in the evening graduates attended the CSE Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Mariucci! ME recognition event photos are posted on our ME Facebook page at:

2016 Mechanical Engineering Spring Senior Design Show was held May 3rd in Coffman Memorial Union. View photos here>


Professor Tianhong Cui
was awarded the Outstanding Editor Award from Nature Publishing Group and Chinese Academy of Sciences at Light Conference on July 4, 2016. As an executive editor-in-chief, Professor Cui was the founder for two Nature journals: Microsystems & Nanoengineering and Light: Science & Applications (Impact Factor of 13/6 in 2016).


Professor Jane Davidson
delivered the opening plenary at the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference in Washington DC. Her lecture addressed the global challenge of developing sustainable fuels for transportation using sunlight.


ME graduate students Vahhab Zarei (Barocas lab) and Yiru Wang (Bischof lab) placed 2nd and 3rd in their respective categories of the Student PhD Paper Competition at this year's Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference ( They were selected from roughly 20 entries in each category.


Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher was awarded the Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for her proposal titled: “Polyelectrolyte – Clay Dynamics and Assembly in Taylor Couette Flows for Applications in Improved Oil Production." The Doctoral New Investigator grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience. Learn more >

How can we address the problem of teenage related automobile accidents? Research Associate Nichole Morris and the HumanFIRST lab are looking for solutions. The HumanFIRST lab employs the tools and methods of psychology and human factors engineering to improve scientific understanding of driver performance and cognitive functions. In a New York Times article the dangers of teenage driving are discussed. Passengers may be a greater threat than cell phones. Learn more >



Associate Professor Peter Bruggeman was awarded the prestigious Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Award. Professor Bruggeman is one of only 27 winners from universities across the U.S. to receive significant funding for research. Learn more >

jenCoty Jen, Mechanical Engineering PhD, 2015, received Honarable Mention in the University of Minnesota Best Dissertation Competition. Coty was advised by Professor Peter McMurry, and her dissertation, “Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry Study of Sulfuric Acid and Amine Chemical Nucleation Processes Pertinent to the Atmosphere,” examined fundamental processes by which vapor phase species form particles in the ambient atmosphere. Coty is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California-Berkeley.

wangA paper by Assistant Professor Xiaojia Wang and her colleagues was a featured cover image of the journal Advanced Electronic Materials (Vol. 2, No. 5, May 2016). Their study on the thermal conductivities of black phosphorus (BP) along three primary crystalline orientations using the ultrafast time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect (TR-MOKE) is depicted on the journal cover image. More about this work: “Revealing the Origins of 3D Anisotropic Thermal Conductivities of Black Phosphorus” can be viewed here >

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