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Dr. Frank Kulacki will present the invited Keynote Lecture "Boiling of Emulsions. A New Heat Transfer Mechanism" at the 15th Brazilian Congress of Thermal Sciences and Engineering (2014 ENCIT), November 12, 2014. Learn more!

The 39th offering of the annual MN Aerosol and Particle Measurement Short Course, sponsored by the Particle Technology Laboratory, the Mechanical Engineering Department, and the U of M (see:, began August 18th, and was attended by more than 2,300 participants from industry, government and academia. The 43 registrants include 8 from Austria, China, Canada, Denmark, France, and Germany.

As the only consortium of its kind in N. America, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) will hold the first annual Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference 2014 (FPIRC14) October 13-16, 2014 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, to engage with the best and the brightest research faculty, trained students, and practitioners in the field! Learn more:

ME Professor Allison Hubel has developed technology behind a device used during transplants or medical procedures for Minneapolis based Meso-Flow - One of 15 startup companies launched over the past year, fueled by UMN research!

CONGRATULATIONS to ME Professor Art Erdman, as well as ECE Professor JIAN-PING WANG, who have each won a TITANS OF TECHNOLOGY AWARD from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Just published - read more:

ME Professor David Pui, along with UMN faculty, are helping China combat pollution. Excellent work!

A recent SCIENCE NATION video profiled Professor Jane Davidson, along with Caltech Chemical Engineer Sossina Haile, and shares their contributions on how to expand the nations renewable energy source!

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Andrew Metcalf received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship through the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. The two year fellowship, which will begin this September 1st, will support his postdoctoral research efforts toward building a microfluidic platform to study atmospheric aerosols. Andrew is advised by Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher.

Assistant Professor Will Northrop was featured in Ag Innovation News from the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute. He is working toward providing a cheaper, cleaner diesel fuel.

Professor Peter McMurry was featured in a Department of Energy, Office of Science's article titled, "The Secret Life of Aerosols."

Associate Professor Alptekin Aksan received a grant from the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment to develop a low-cost solution to produce clean drinking water.

Professor Kumar Tamma was awarded the 2014 IACM Fellow Award from the International Association for Computational Mechanics.

Assistant Professor Jiarong Hong, along with doctoral student Mostafa Toloui, former master's student Sean Riely, and colleagues from the Saint Anthony Falls Lab completed a research study to visualize the airflow behind a wind turbine using Minnesota a blizzard. Their work was featured in National Geographic,, Yahoo News,, Science 2.0, Nanowerk, Science Codex, and Nature Communications.

Doctoral student Shan Hu received faculty position offers from a number of universities and accepted an Assistant Professor position at Iowa State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on carbon nanotube based technologies for active noise cancellation in a building window and was advised by Professor Rajesh Rajamani.

Doctoral student Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan was chosen as the ME Department nominee for the University of Minnesota Best Dissertation Award. He received Honorable Mention.

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