University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


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HOLD THE DATE: The departmental Mechanical Engineering Graduation Recognition Event will be held Friday, 3:30pm, May 12, 2017!

University of Minnesota had a record 17 start-ups in FY16! ME Professor Allison Hubel / MesoFlow, ME Professor John Bischof / Vigilant Diagnostics, Minnepura led by Paul Hansen, Professor Wackett & ME Professor Al Aksan, and Innotronics led by Mike Gust, Ryan Madson, & ME Professor Rajesh Rajamani. Learn more >

PLUS, Innotronics and Minnepura were named among the "Best University Start-ups 2016" by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university start-up officers. Learn more >!

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 2nd for the 10,000 square feet of hands-on learning space dedicated as the Anderson Student Innovation Labs. With a generous donation by Clifford I. (BSB'62) and Nancy C. Anderson... Learn more >

College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Dean Samuel Mukasa’s delegation went to Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) January 8-10th to sign Joint-Lab agreement and discuss student exchanges. The delegation members consisted of Head of Mechanical Engineering Department Uwe Kortshagen, Professor David Pui, Professor Thomas Kuehn, and Charles Lo. Learn more >




MSI PI and Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Traian Dumitricã was named a Fellow in the Energy area at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) (Institute of Advanced Studies). Learn more >




Professor Tianhong Cui was selected for the 2017 class of Distinguished McKnight University Professors. More: Learn more >


Professor Peter McMurry to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Helsinki for his behind-the-scenes support of Finnish aerosol research.



Simulator testing is being done to improve oil tracking fate under hurricane conditions. Professor Lian Shen is Co-Principal Investigator on a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GMRI) exploring tracking processes essential to studying ocean wave-field dynamics. More: Learn more >

bischof 3 in labGroundbreaking technology successfully rewarms large-scale tissues preserved at very low temperatures. This research study, led by the U of MN, is a major step forward in saving millions of human lives by increasing the availability of organs and tissues for transplantation. UMN study authors include postdocs/researchers Zhe Gao, Navid Manuchehrabadi, Hattie Ring, Qi Shao and Jin Jin Zhang; graduate student Feng Liu; Undergraduate student Michael McDermott; Dentistry Professor Alex Fok; Radiology Professor Michael Garwood; Chemistry Professor Christy Haynes, and Distinguished McKnight U Professor & Kuhrmeyer Chair in Mechanical Engineering, John Bishchof. More>

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"Dream of Energy-Collecting Windows is One Step Closer to Reality" - The research of Professor Uwe Kortshagen, Mechanical Engineering Department Head, and PhD student Samantha Ehrenberg, was recently published in Nature Photonics. Learn more > PLUS View Kare11news segment here:




Three Mechanical Engineering graduate students received finalist recognition for the 2016 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award. Learn more >




NASA Selects Proposals for First-Ever Space Technology Research Institutes. Associate Professor Traian Dumitricã is part of the “Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP)Learn more >




The latest research on food decontamination with cold plasmas, by Associate Professor Peter Bruggeman and College of Veterinary Medicine Professor, Sagar Goyal, PhD, was discussed in ScienceNews. Learn more >



Professor Emeritus Thomas Kuehn is the recipient of the ASHRAE E.K. Campbell Award. Learn more >




Congratulations to four PhD students from the department of Mechanical Engineering who received fellowships or assistantships. Diego Escalante (advised by Professor Aksan), received a MNDrive PhD Graduate Assistantship. Leila Ghanbari (advised by Professor Kodandaramaiah), received a MNDrive PhD Graduate Assistantship. Ghazaleh Haghiashtiani (advised by Professor McAlpine), received an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for 2017-18. Zhijie Zhu (advised by Professor McAlpine), received an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for 2017-18. Learn more>


Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher was awarded the 2017-19 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. Focus: Understanding Atmospheric Aerosol Particles through Models, Mimics, and Microfluidics. Learn more>


Professor Arthur Erdman
, Richard C. Jordan Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of UMN Medical Devices Center, will be presented with the 2017 ASME Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal... Learn more >


Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor Michael McAlpine is a recipient of the PECASE Award. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers... Learn more >

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As part of a new $317 million dollar national initiative, and the Legacy cover story, Assistant Professor Julianna Abel and Professor David Pui are the U of M's lead researchers who will advance innovations in fibers and fabrics for this nationwide "smart fabrics" initiative. View the article here>

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Professor Rajesh Rajamani, Professor Max Donath and Research Associate Nichole Morris, together with Professor Loren Terveen from Computer Science received a $1 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a smart bicycle that monitors distances to nearby vehicles and alerts them... Learn more >


Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor Susan Mantell was awarded Fellow of the ASME for distinguished accomplishments in leadership, teaching, and research... Learn more >

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