University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


James Van de Ven
Richard and Barbara Nelson Associate Professor

Office: ME 307
Phone: 612-625-2499

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate 2006-2007:
NSF ERC for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. 2006, University of Minnesota,
Mechanical Engineering
B.S. 2001, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Applying Machine Design to Efficient Energy Conversion, Storage, and Generation
  • Fluid Power
  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics


  • George Taylor Career Development Award — University of Minnesota - January 2016
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship — University of Minnesota - 2014-2016
  • Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year (Russel M. Searle Professor) - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - May 2011
  • Mechanical Engineering Adviser of the Year (Morgan Distinguished Instructor) - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - May 2010