University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Thomas E Murphy Engine Research Laboratory


Welcome to the Thomas E Murphy Engine Research Laboratory

We have a new website:

Please see the above website for Postdoc and Graduate Research Openings

News and Events

March 9th, 2018 - Professor Will Northrop receives $1.1M DOE Award to advance low temperature combustion technologies for higher-efficiency natural gas engines
February 21st, 2018 - Engine Lab Driving Development of Next Generation of Vehicles

December 19th, 2017 - Lab receives MnDOT and LRRB Funding Awards
November 9th, 2017 - UMN researchers look to tune up UPS trucks

September 13th, 2017 - Engines lab receives $1.4M grant to improve delivery vehicle energy efficiency

September 13th, 2017 - Professor William Northrop has been appointed as Director of the Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory. He succeeds Professor David Kittelson as Director.

Professor Thomas E. Murphy joined the Mechanical Engineering Department after the end of World War II, after having performed engine research at the Naval Research Laboratory. He established a piston engine and gas turbine research and teaching laboratory on the fourth floor of the old ME building. Professors Perry Blackshear and Edward Fletcher became connected to the laboratory for their combustion related research activities. In 1970, Professor David Kittelson joined the group and, in collaboration with the Particle Technology Laboratory, brought engine emission and air pollution research to the lab. This led to formation of the Center for Diesel Research in 1994, in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

Professor Will Northrop arrived in Minnesota in 2011 and was instrumental in the design, construction, and commissioning of a new $5M state of the art engine research laboratory off Como Avenue and in fundraising for the facility. The Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory was completed in 2014 and named in recognition of Professor Murphy’s pioneering contributions.


We are located at: 2811 Weeks Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

(Note: We are on the northeast corner of the 27th Ave and Weeks Ave intersection)





Thomas E Murphy Engine Research Laboratory | 2811 Weeks Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 | 612-625-6854 |