University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


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The departmental Mechanical Engineering Graduation Recognition Event was held on December 9th at Mayo Memorial Auditorium. View the ME Facebook page to see recognition event photos, as well as photos from the ME Senior Design Show and the ME Robot Show!

University of Minnesota had a record 17 start-ups in FY16! ME Professor Allison Hubel / MesoFlow, ME Professor John Bischof / Vigilant Diagnostics, Minnepura led by Paul Hansen, Professor Wackett & ME Professor Al Aksan, and Innotronics led by Mike Gust, Ryan Madson, & ME Professor Rajesh Rajamani. Learn more >

PLUS, Innotronics and Minnepura were named among the "Best University Start-ups 2016" by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university start-up officers. Learn more >


Professor Arthur Erdman
, Richard C. Jordan Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of UMN Medical Devices Center, will be presented with the 2017 ASME Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal... Learn more >

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This past semester numerous ME researchers and students received awards. The following are three awardees who received poster awards at the 2016 IEM Annual Conference & Retreat... Learn more>


Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor Michael McAlpine is a recipient of the PECASE Award. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers... Learn more >



Professor Francis Kulacki is the recipient of the Edwin F. Church Medal. In his 46 year career Professor Kulacki has exemplified outstanding and continuous contributions in mechanical engineering education, research and service... Learn more >


On behalf of the Council of University Transportation Centers, PhD Student Chen-Fu Liao was recognized as the winner of the CUTC Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for his dissertation prepared as part of his studies at the University of Minnesota.


Professor Allison Hubel invented a "microfluidics" device that "washes" thawed blood! Learn more in this Twin Cities Business article:

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As part of a new $317 million dollar national initiative, and the Legacy cover story, Assistant Professor Julianna Abel and Professor David Pui are the U of M's lead researchers who will advance innovations in fibers and fabrics for this nationwide "smart fabrics" initiative. View the article here >




A groundbreaking research by Ph.D. students Vu Nguyen and co-authors in Professor Rusen Yang's group has just been published in the journal Nature Communications... Learn more >



The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) recently profiled the outstanding research underway by university faculty, and their position surrounding community engagement around grand challenges. ME Professor Sean Garrick was featured as a new IDEA Faculty Development Fellow in an impressive article. Learn more >

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Professor Rajesh Rajamani, Professor Max Donath and Research Associate Nichole Morris, together with Professor Loren Terveen from Computer Science received a $1 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a smart bicycle that monitors distances to nearby vehicles and alerts them... Learn more >


Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor Susan Mantell, an accomplished scholar with 95 refereed publications on design of structures utilizing nontraditional materials, was awarded Fellow of the ASME for distinguished accomplishments in leadership, teaching, and research... Learn more >


Professor Tianhong Cui
was awarded the Outstanding Editor Award from Nature Publishing Group and Chinese Academy of Sciences at Light Conference on July 4, 2016. As an executive editor-in-chief, Professor Cui was the founder for two Nature journals: Microsystems & Nanoengineering and Light: Science & Applications (Impact Factor of 13/6 in 2016).


Professor Jane Davidson delivered the opening plenary at the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference in Washington DC. Her lecture addressed the global challenge of developing sustainable fuels for transportation using sunlight.


ME graduate students Vahhab Zarei (Barocas lab) and Yiru Wang (Bischof lab) placed 2nd and 3rd in their respective categories of the Student PhD Paper Competition at this year's Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference ( They were selected from roughly 20 entries in each category.


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." ... Learn more >

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