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PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! - Fall Semester 2014 Mechanical Engineering graduation ceremony will be held Friday, December 5th, 2014, 3:30pm, Mayo Auditorium Building. More info will be coming in a couple of weeks.

Professor Art Erdman was an invited keynote speaker at the 26th International Conference of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT) on September 20th, 2014 in Shanghai, China. He delivered the Gerhard Buess Lecture on "Helping Solve Our Health Care Dilemma-Physical and Virtual Medical Device Prototyping." Learn more!

A paper by Associate Professor Traian Dumitricǎ, postdoctoral fellow Dr. Yuxiang Ni, and their collaborators from École Centrale Paris, was featured on the cover of the prestigious Physical Review Letters journal. The work presents a new way to phonon engineer thermal properties of materials. Their findings are theoretically exciting and have implications for designing advanced materials for high-temperature electronics and thermoelectric applications. A link to the paper titled “Thermal Transport Along the Dislocation Line in Silicon Carbide” is here.

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.


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