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University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Spring Semester 2016 Mechanical Engineering departmental graduation recognition event was held May 13th in the Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower Auditorium, +PLUS later in the evening graduates attended the CSE Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Mariucci! ME recognition event photos are posted on our ME Facebook page at:

2016 Mechanical Engineering Spring Senior Design Show was held May 3rd in Coffman Memorial Union. View photos here>


Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher was awarded the Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for her proposal titled: “Polyelectrolyte – Clay Dynamics and Assembly in Taylor Couette Flows for Applications in Improved Oil Production." The Doctoral New Investigator grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience. Learn more >

How can we address the problem of teenage related automobile accidents? Research Associate Nichole Morris and the HumanFIRST lab are looking for solutions. The HumanFIRST lab employs the tools and methods of psychology and human factors engineering to improve scientific understanding of driver performance and cognitive functions. In a New York Times article the dangers of teenage driving are discussed. Passengers may be a greater threat than cell phones. Learn more >



Associate Professor Peter Bruggeman was awarded the prestigious Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Award. Professor Bruggeman is one of only 27 winners from universities across the U.S. to receive significant funding for research. Learn more >

jenCoty Jen, Mechanical Engineering PhD, 2015, received Honarable Mention in the University of Minnesota Best Dissertation Competition. Coty was advised by Professor Peter McMurry, and her dissertation, “Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry Study of Sulfuric Acid and Amine Chemical Nucleation Processes Pertinent to the Atmosphere,” examined fundamental processes by which vapor phase species form particles in the ambient atmosphere. Coty is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California-Berkeley.

wangA paper by Assistant Professor Xiaojia Wang and her colleagues was a featured cover image of the journal Advanced Electronic Materials (Vol. 2, No. 5, May 2016). Their study on the thermal conductivities of black phosphorus (BP) along three primary crystalline orientations using the ultrafast time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect (TR-MOKE) is depicted on the journal cover image. More about this work: “Revealing the Origins of 3D Anisotropic Thermal Conductivities of Black Phosphorus” can be viewed here >

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The Board of Regents approved the promotions of two Mechanical Engineering faculty members. The two professors are Professor Zongxuan Sun and Associate Professor James Van de Ven.


Professor Kim Stelson was selected to receive the 2016 ASME Robert E. Koski Medal. The Koski Medal, established in 2007, recognizes individuals who have advanced the art and practice of fluid power motion and control through education and/or innovation.

doc disert 5upFive Mechanical Engineering PhD Students received the 2016-17 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award. The recipients are: Sangyoon Lee (adviser Li), Harishankar Natesan (adviser Bischof), Katelyn Schramke (adviser Kortshagen), Alexander Yudell (adviser Van de Ven), and Song Zhang (adviser Rajamani). This fellowship gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize & write a dissertation during the fellowship year.



Professor David Pui and Assistant Professor Julianna Abel are part of a $317 million national initiative to develop 'smart' fabrics. The goal of this partnership, named Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), is to accelerate innovation in high-tech, U.S.-based manufacturing and development of "smart' fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, or monitor health. Learn more >

Professor David Y.H. Pui has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as a new member. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. The NAE elected only 80 new members and 22 foreign members this year. Dr. Pui, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and L.M. Fingerson/TSI Inc. Chair in Mechanical Engineering, is a world-renowned researcher in the field of aerosol and nanoparticle science. He is recognized for his recent efforts to combat air pollution issues worldwide, particularly in China. Learn more regarding Dr. Pui and his election to the NAE.

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