University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Spring Semester 2016 Mechanical Engineering departmental graduation recognition event will be held on Friday, May 13th in Moos Towers Room 2-650 at 3:30pm, +PLUS later in the evening graduates can continue the celebration at the CSE Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Mariucci from 7-9:15! Register online



Professor David Pui and Assistant Professor Julianna Abel are part of a $317 million national initiative to develop 'smart' fabrics. The goal of this partnership, named Advanced Functional Fibers of America (AFFOA), is to accelerate innovation in high-tech, U.S.-based manufacturing and development of "smart' fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, or monitor health. Learn more >

nsfCongratulations Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Students Samantha Ehrenberg (adviser Kortshagen, Gillian McDonald (advisor Kowalewski), and Trevor Stephens (advisor Kowalewski), who were each awarded the 2016-17 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award. This award supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jiarong Hong who received the prestigious Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and for FY16 and have begun their first appointment on or after Nov. 1, 2010. This award encourages teaching careers, and recognizes those who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Learn more >


ME Assistant Professor Will Northrop has won the Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to SAE's engineering education initiatives. Professor Northrop is recognized and honored as a young educator preparing engineers to successfully meet the challenges that face society.


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." This prestigious award is in support of junior faculty who exemplify their role through the integration of education and research.


ME Professor Sean Garrick was selected as a 2017 Fulbright Scholar. The award by the Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences is to study atmospheric aerosols and specifically the effects of turbulence on aerosol formation in the atmosphere.


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.


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