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University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering
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ME Professor David Y.H. Pui has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as a new member. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. The NAE elected only 80 new members and 22 foreign members this year. Dr. Pui, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and L.M. Fingerson/TSI Inc. Chair in Mechanical Engineering, is a world-renowned researcher in the field of aerosol and nanoparticle science. He is recognized for his recent efforts to combat air pollution issues worldwide, particularly in China. Learn more regarding Dr. Pui and his election to the NAE.


Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher
received the National Science Foundation Career Award. The proposal is entitled "CAREER: Understanding Multiphase Atmospheric Aerosol Particle Thermodynamics using Models, Mimics, and Microfluids."


ME PhD Student Rodney Dockter has been awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year due to his excellent academic record and professional promise. The IDF provides a unique opportunity for outstanding doctoral students to interact with university faculty within the interdisciplinary research center or institution. Congratulations Rodney!


pfenderThe ME community mourns the passing, on January 28, 2016, of Emeritus Professor Emil Pfender after a brief illness. Professor Pfender was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, among many other honors. He joined the department as Associate Professor in 1964 when he was recruited by Professor Ernst Eckert to direct the High Temperature Lab, (now the High Temperature and Plasma Lab), one of the most highly regarded plasma research labs in the world. Professor Pfender was known as a true gentleman, and will be deeply missed by many people. Mass details and more on the life of Emil Pfender.

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